Cat invading Hillsborough land reunited with owner after seven months

Topsey escaped from owner Alison Jubb in June

A cat that stopped play in Sheffield Wednesday’s win over Wigan Athletic on Tuesday is believed to have been missing for more than seven months.

‘Topsey’ escaped from owner Alison Jubb in June during a trip to a cattery in Sheffield, Ms Jubb has confirmed.

However, the cat ran onto the pitch at Hillsborough during Sheffield Wednesday’s game against Wigan, seeking promotion.

The feline was eventually caught by one of the players and has since been taken to a vet to be checked out, Ms Jubb saying she had her fingers crossed that Topsey would be fine and can’t wait to see her again.

“She disappeared last June. We were leaving and I was taking her to a cattery and she escaped the cat box and we never heard from again,” she told the BBC.

“My daughter-in-law called me last night as they were watching the game and told me there was a cat on the football pitch. I kind of laughed about it.”

Although she hadn’t thought of it at first, Ms Jubb then received a call from Spire Vets who had scanned Topsey’s chip and identified its owners.

She added: “It was the first time I realized it was really her.”

Footage of Topsey’s last-minute pitch invasion was posted online and quickly went viral, with the game being stopped as she was rescued by one of the players.

Once the cat was safely removed from the grounds, an attending vet took her to a veterinary practice for examination, where she was given painkillers.

Ms Jubb said: “She has bite marks on her neck, it looks like a dog grabbed her and shook her, so they have to do an X-ray. She’s a little scared.

“Until they’ve done this, we don’t know [if she’ll make it].”

Barry Bannan’s 53rd-minute penalty was enough to secure all three points for Darren Moore’s side, who moved up to seventh place in Ligue 1 with the win.

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