Fabian is a real calendar boy

FABIAN Wilnis proudly wore the Ipswich Town shirt for ten years, but now he is getting his kit off for a testimonial calendar.

FABIAN Wilnis proudly wore the Ipswich Town shirt for ten years, but now he is getting his kit off for a testimonial calendar.

The defender gave Town fans many happy memories in his time at Ipswich, including scoring against Manchester United in a 1-1 draw at Portman Road in 2000, before the club released him this year.

Now the Dutch defender has posed for a commemorative calendar - including one risqué nude shot - to raise money for a testimonial game against his childhood heroes Feyenoord next summer.

Fabian, 38 who is now a player-coach at Gray's Athletic in London, said: “Making the calendar was really fun. The club secretary, Sally Webb, said it would be a nice thing to do, something a bit different.

“Sally and my wife were brainstorming about what I could do, and it was their idea. The thing was to have different sorts of photos to put in the calendar.

“They also suggested I pose naked. My wife knows my body very well so she said 'Why not show it off, you've got a good body for your age.'

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“It was great fun and I must say that the photographers did a great job going to all the different locations and taking all the shots.”

The calendar shows Fabian in several action shots, including his celebration in front of Norwich fans after scoring Ipswich's first goal in a 2-0 victory at Carrow Road in 2003.

But it also reveals his personal side, with photos of him playing with his children, rollerblading, at a party with friends and playing the piano.

He said: “I had a lot of fun doing all the shots - they are all my personal favourites. Of course the one with my daughters was nice, and even the nude one for December was quite fun to do.

“Of course the goal against Norwich was one of the great moments of my life and I could not miss it out. I just wanted it because of the crowd in the background!”

The veteran defender said he hopes to attract former Feyenoord stars like Arsenal's Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt, of Liverpool, to play against Ipswich in his swansong at the testimonial match next July.

In the meantime, he is hoping to be able to give something back to the Ipswich community in the future.

He said: “I want to set up a football academy and a charity foundation in Ipswich. I might not be here but I want to leave a legacy, it is my long term goal.”

n. The Fabian Wilnis calendar costs £7.99 and is available from the Ipswich Town club shop and several high street shops, as well as online at www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town.

FOOTBALLER Fabian isn't just taking his clothes off in his testimonial year.

This week he was busy visiting sick children on Bergholt Ward at Ipswich Hospital.

In the run up to Christmas and as part of the run up to his testimonial match he was giving out goodies to youngsters at the Heath Road Hospital