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FA Cup pitch invader wanted to score to win lover back during Eastleigh v Bolton clash

The gentleman in question wanted to score on and off the pitch. Photo: PA

A football supporter who invaded an FA Cup match says he did so as he wanted to score a goal on Match of the Day in order to win his lover back.

John Dynes, 51, joined Eastleigh's attack in their 1-1 draw with Bolton in the third round, but failed to find the back of the net, just days after being dumped by his partner.

The referee played on despite the invasion, as Eastleigh searched for a second goal in their clash with the Championship strugglers.

Dynes made his way into the penalty area but due to the surface he slipped and fell onto his back, ending his involvement in the game.

Dynes could be seen on the pitch. Credit: PA

Prosecutor Charles Nightingale told Southampton Magistrates' Court: "He thought it would be the last chance to get his girlfriend back by getting on Match of the Day.

"His intention was that he would run into the pitch and attempt to score in the opposing goalmouth that he was running towards.

"It was clearly a ridiculous course of action that caused a very significant disturbance to all of those who had paid to watch the match, although he had not taken any alcohol prior to making the decision to run on to the pitch."

Dynes got close to the net. Credit: Reuters

Following his invasion Dynes was arrested and immediately confessed his intentions.

Gaylene Coles, for the defence, explained that Dynes had come to regret his actions.