A Scottish country fair has hosted a series of vintage tractor football matches in light of the World Cup which attracted more than 5,000 spectators.
The Fettercairn Show brought in one of its largest crowds since the event began in 1826, with organisers saying the football matches drew in a large number of visitors. Three rounds of tractor football were played with three tractors on each side, hay bales for goalposts and a six-foot football.
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Fettercairn Show organiser Alison Argo said: “It was a fantastic day and the crowds were exceptional. They were some of the best we have had in a long time. A lot of people were there to see the tractors. Some said it was a bit scary to watch these big machines chasing a 6-foot ball but most of the tractors behaved themselves, if they didn’t they were sent to the sin bin. Everything went well apart from one of the balls getting a puncture. People came from far and wide to see it.”
The tractors were supplied by Mearns Vintage Vehicle Club with club chairman Mike Robertson saying: “We just wanted to do something a bit different and it’s really captured everyone’s imagination. Everyone has been talking about it and we’ve really enjoyed playing. Who knows how far this could go? Maybe other farmers will be inspired by us? They might decide to start up a team and we could be playing matches.
“Scotland isn’t in the World Cup this year but who’s to say we couldn’t be competing in the tractor World Cup in the future?”
SNP councillor Leigh Wilson said: “The Fettercairn Show is always a summer highlight for me. I’m a big football fan so the tractor football was a favourite for me, even if their finishing touches weren’t up to Lionel Messi’s standards.”