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Fever Pitch

PUBLISHED: 14:13 25 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

By MATTHEW ELEY

matthew.eley@ecng.co.uk



TWO saucy Ipswich Town fans are celebrating their very own match of the day after a romantic encounter on the hallowed turf at Portman Road.

By MATTHEW ELEY

matthew.eley@ecng.co.uk

TWO saucy Ipswich Town fans are celebrating their very own match of the day after a romantic encounter on the hallowed turf at Portman Road.

The amorous couple entered the stadium in the early hours of the morning and enjoyed the night of their lives on the pitch for more than an hour before making a hasty exit.

To prove their claims of passionate frolics in the centre circle the couple left evidence of their Premiership performance in the form of a duvet, a bottle of wine, a bra and a thong!

Startled workers at the club are believed to have discovered the souvenirs early the following morning.

Cheeky Esta > McCulloch >, 34, even left a quickly penned love letter to new Italian keeper Matteo Sereni in the penalty area at the South Stand end.

The pair said they had originally planned to check out security facilities at the ground but once inside found their feelings got the better of them.

Esta's strike partner, 29-year-old Dave Quinton, is a life-long Ipswich fan - he even has ITFC tattooed on his right arm.

Confessing the details of his home debut to The Evening Star he said: "I've had some ups and downs with Ipswich Town over the years but this is definitely one of the highlights."

Daring Dave said that he and Esta, his partner of four months, had been drinking when they approached Portman Road on Thursday morning. The couple decided to take a chance and entered the stadium at the South Stand end.

He said they simply walked into a part of the ground where building work was still taking place.

After slipping past security the cheeky couple were soon on the very turf that has hosted so many classic encounters over the years.

However Esta and Dave were taking part in an entirely different type of sporting fixture.

Dave, a handyman by trade, said: "The playing surface is in really good condition. The turf is very good.

"I couldn't get in for the Derby game on Tuesday so I thought I would go in the following night instead.

Esta said they didn't quite make it to 90 minutes but added they both enjoyed the encounter.

She said: "It was different that's all I'm going to say. It's an experience I won't forget in a hurry."

After frolicking in the centre spot the couple ran across the pitch towards the newly erected South Stand to celebrate their achievement.

The couple added that it is the first time they have performed such a risky ploy and that they are not going to attempt to join the 92 club - an elite group for fans who visit every football league ground. They added that they were not likely to go back to Portman Road for a return match.

An official at Ipswich Town said they had no record of "any such activity at Portman Road" but a source close to the club confirmed the souvenirs were found the next day.

Dave said the pair decided to go public because they believed they would be "found out" from being caught on CCTV at the club.

Their activities puts the sporting pranks of Karl Power, the man who joined Manchester United's line-up for a team photo in the shade. Power, who is planning three more sports related stunts before he releases a video, recently headed to the crease in full England cricket regalia.

Dave and Esta's antics are not the first example of a sporting venue being used for such activities. In June this year another couple's amorous feelings got the better of them on the heath at Royal Ascot.

Unfortunately for them they were caught in the act on film.

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