Argyle Swoop For Liverpool's Harris
23rd August 2012
SAMMY Black, Hughie McCauley, Peter Halmosi, Craig Noone – some of Argyle's most memorable wide players.However, it is doubtful that any of them could fly down the wing quite like Argyle's latest recruit, Jacob the Harris Hawk.
Jacob, 25, who belongs to David Buncle of Westcountry Falconry, enjoyed a debut to remember at Home Park on Thursday, gliding from box-to-box in an effort to deter pigeons from the rafters of the stadium.
Jacob comes to Argyle with Premier League and Champions League experience, having performed a similar task at Liverpool's Anfield during the late 1990s.
"We're going to make frequent visits to Home Park throughout the season," explained David.
"The bird's presence in the ground terrifies pigeons and, whilst Jacob won't actually harm them, he does enough to scare them away."
Jacob and David were called in after several fans commented on the amount of bird droppings found on their seats on a match-day.
Jacob, one of a dozen birds belonging to Westcountry Falconry, made several trips around Home Park, landing in different parts of the ground.
“It’s always pleasing to see a good performance on the wing,” said Argyle manager Carl Fletcher.
“If he carries on like that, I can see a lot of agents hawking around his talents.”