Leyton Orient have appealed for fans to bring their dogs to their ground to scare away a fox that is destroying the playing surface.
A statement on the Vanarama National League club’s website called for drastic measures as the club race to ensure the pitch is playable for the new season, which begins on
The club were relegated to the fifth tier in 2017 after a 112-year stay in the Football League.
Orient‘s Breyer Group Stadium seats 9,000 people and has been targeted by the fox, which was spotted numerous times around the ground in recent weeks.
A volunteer has been requested to patrol the pitch with a male dog, which is believed to be enough to keep the meddling creature at bay.
The club will need the pitch ready for their first home game of the season on August 7, when they take on Ebbsfleet United.
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The statement reads: “A strange one we know.
“The club are looking for a local O’s supporter who is able to walk their male dog around the O’s pitch during mornings and late afternoons this week at the Breyer Group Stadium.
“The club have been having issues with foxes entering the playing surface at night (quite literally the only time we don’t want a fox in the box) and it is thought a dog’s presence will help prevent further pitch invasions at the Breyer Group Stadium.”
Anyone able to assist the club is encouraged to contact Orient’s marketing department at email@example.com.