THOSE who were there will never forget the pantomime antics of Warrington Wolves fan Alan Catterall as he gave the Oldham Bears mascot a run for his money.

It was 24 years today - February 4, 1996 - when the stage was set at a snowbound Watersheddings, the then delapidated home of the Oldham club.

With the pitch covered in snow for the Challenge Cup contest, the two sides trooped off the field at half-time for a warming cup of tea when Catterall - nicknamed 'The Cat' - decided to give the mischievous Oldham mascot Buster a taste of his own medicine.

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Fed up with the bear showing off with his body-popping dancing skills in the snow, 'The Cat' decided to climb over the wall and give chase.

The startled Buster couldn't believe his eyes but after one sight of the big and hungry-looking Wire fan heading his way he decided to turn and scarper.

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But he was too late.

'The Cat' caught him with a rugby tackle from behind as the crowd roared with laughter.

Playing to the crowd and milking his moment in the spotlight, 'The Cat' encouraged and soaked up the applause.

But he didn't realise the fans were shouting back: "He's behind you!"

Buster came from Catterall's blind side and got even with a rugby tackle of his own from behind.

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As the stewards caught up with 'The Cat' to march him off the pitch, fans discussed it being one of the best pieces of impulsive half-time entertainment fans they had probably ever seen.

Afterwards, the Guardian tracked down the man behind the bear suit, Michael Bradshaw, and played mediator as the two shook hands and made friends.

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Michael Bradshaw, after seeing this article on Facebook, said: "Love this! I’ve NEVER seen this before. Me being chased by THE CAT. Love it!

"We became really good friends from this!!"

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As for the match itself, The Wire won 26-4 thanks to tries from Oldham lads Paul Sculthorpe and John Hough, ex-Oldham scrum-half Mike Ford, Mark Forster and Lee Penny, while another Oldham native Iestyn Harris kicked three goals.

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Wire skipper Paul Cullen and Oldham captain Martin Crompton, the former Wire scrum half, with mascots and match officials before kick off. 

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Mark Forster's try

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Iestyn arris tries to get away from Francis Maloney

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Lee Penny, Iestyn Harris and Kelly Shelford celebrate Paul Sculthorpe's try

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Mark Hilton charges the ball in for Warrington

Warrington bounced out of the cup six days later at home to Leeds Rhinos.

They were the last two games Wire played before the arrival of Super League and summer rugby seven weeks later.