Streaker who raced on pitch at the Iron's Manchester United match ends up in court
A FORMER Armed Forces worker who ran naked on to the pitch during Scunthorpe's match against Manchester United said he did it "for a bet".
Scunthorpe supporter Danny Goldie, 20, of Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, stripped to just his socks and raced onto the pitch in front of more than 9,000 supporters during the Carling Cup stand-off.
Goldie, who served in the Navy as a war specialist out in the Gulf, had been drinking with friends and family before the showcase game and decided to streak on the promise of £1,500 – although he never received the cash.
North Lincolnshire Magistrates Court was shown CCTV footage of Goldie's moment on the pitch, where he spent a few minutes running from end to end, before being bundled off.
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Richard Lunn, defending, said: "While I don't want to add to my client's embarrassment, I will first say it was a cold night.
"There is nothing the court can do which will alleviate the sense of disappointment he feels with himself.
"This is a case of a young man who had too much to drink and, at the ground, knowing the cameras were on, did what we have seen on the CCTV footage."
The court heard Goldie had been out of the Armed Forces for the past two years and is currently out of work, but was in the process of submitting papers in order to rejoin the Navy.
Mr Lunn said his client had sparked great amusement among fans with his stunt.
He said: "There was no audio on the CCTV footage, but the fans took the incident in good humour, towards the end they were shouting 'Fergie, sign him up' and he left the pitch to rapturous applause."
But despite the crowd reaction, the offence of going on to the pitch during a match is automatically met with a banning order.
The restrictions last three years and prevent Goldie from attending any football league games in England and Wales.
He is also prevented from going within a mile of Glanford Park during games and for four hours before and six hours after every match.
If Scunthorpe are playing away, he is prohibited from going anywhere within five miles of that ground.
Goldie was also told to pay a fine of £65, a £15 victims' surcharge and court costs of £85.
He declined to comment.