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Fleet fan nets a wife

PUBLISHED: 15:29 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 23 August 2010

GIVE ME A RING: Adam Roast proposes to Stephanie Curtis.

GIVE ME A RING: Adam Roast proposes to Stephanie Curtis.

A FOOTBALL-MAD Ebbsfleet fan travelled more than 130 miles to his first ever home game - to propose to his sweetheart on the pitch. MyFC member Adam Roast, 26, became one of the club s 30,000 plus owners when he signed up to the revolutionary internet-ow

A FOOTBALL-MAD Ebbsfleet fan travelled more than 130 miles to his first ever home game - to propose to his sweetheart on the pitch.

MyFC member Adam Roast, 26, became one of the club's 30,000 plus owners when he signed up to the revolutionary internet-owned club in January last year.

But having watched only a few away games, he took the brave move of proposing to Stephanie Curtis, 20, at the Stonebridge Road ground on Sunday in front of 1,200 fans.

As the Fleet played out a 0-0 draw against York City the trainee primary teacher scored on the pitch when his sweetheart accepted his proposal.

He said: "Some people may think it was a risky move but it worked out for the best. When she said yes I couldn't have been happier.

"I have been following the club since the takeover because me and my brother signed up to MyfootballClub and have stuck with it ever since. It's a fantastic idea.

"Like many I have supported a big team for years. I follow Chelsea, but I am an Ebbsfleet fan. I want to support them and I want my money to go to them, I pay for their merchandise and I want to see them do well. You have more control, more involvement and that is how football should be. Lower league football is becoming more popular because of this and Ebbsfleet is leading the way."

During the half-time proposal thousands of MyFC fans based outside of the UK were able to watch the moment on live video-streaming via the website.

He added: "It was a brilliant day. It cannot be shown in this country due to legal restrictions but members around the world could watch it live on the net. It was pretty remarkable, really.

"I could not have done it without the help of MyFC and the club, especially Spencer Dolman, who sorted all the arrangements, including a visit to the directors' box."

Mr Roast first met his fiancé Stephanie Curtis, from Cornwall, about a year ago as she is studying to be a paramedic at Bournemouth University.

Although she was not a football fan, he introduced her to Ebbsfleet United at a pre-season game against Bodmin Town and the couple have been staunch supporters ever since.

He tricked her on to the pitch at half-time by saying part of the match experience he had booked was to be club mascots and judge a keepie-uppie competition at half-time.

Miss Curtis said: "I had no idea about the proposal. He tricked me in to going on the pitch and I was there on my own expecting us to be judging the competition and he suddenly appeared and proposed. I accepted straight away, it was wonderful."

Read more about the Fleet in Reporter Sport.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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