They are more used to finding discarded litter - but now Pompey groundstaff have discovered a peacock at Fratton Park.
The bird was spotted during a routine sweep of the stadium yesterday ahead of tonight’s match against MK Dons.
It was found under seats in Milton End of the ground and the club immediately called in the RSPCA.
Pompey spokesman Neil Weld said: ‘We are not sure where the peacock came from but apparently they can fly quite high so it must have got in through one of the gaps in the stand.
‘We called the RSPCA straight away and they have now got it.
‘We all want to know where it came from but we haven’t got a clue.’
Peacocks have previous connnections with football. Leeds United used to be known as The Peacocks because of their blue, white and gold kit.
And the first substitute used in the Football League was Keith Peacock. While at Charlton Athletic, he replaced injured goalkeeper Mike Rose in a match against Bolton Wanderers in 1965.
In Coleraine, Northern Ireland, there is a youth team called Bertie Peacock Youths. They were named after Robert Peacock MBE who won 31 caps for Northern Ireland.