A STREAKER who raced on to the pitch at FC Halifax Town’s FA Cup match has been fined – but has paid a bigger penalty.
Terry Lowther, 32, of Ovenden Green, Ovenden, Halifax, faced being thrown out by his partner and his dad – a season ticket holder – has not spoken to him since his naked dash.
He admitted going on to the playing area during the club’s home game against Charlton Athletic on November 13.
He was fined £165, with costs of £85.
Prosecutor Vanessa Schofield said FC Halifax was a family-run club and there were 4,100 spectators, including children, at the game.
Naked from the waist down, Lowther ran to the halfway line before being tackled by a steward.
Malcolm Nowell, representing him, said: “This has been the most embarrassing month and three days of his life and a very traumatic occasion.”
He said Lowther, who works for James Chambers timber merchants, was a loyal employee, partner and devoted father to three small daughters.
Mr Nowell explained: “For the first time his partner had allowed him to go to a football match with his brother and friends. Because it’s not something he does regularly – he spends a lot of time with his family – this was a chance to relax.”
Calderdale magistrates were told Lowther was drunk.
“This was not pre-planned. He’s not somebody who makes a habit of going round football matches doing this sort of thing.
“There came a point where the match stopped and for some reason that he can’t remember, he took off his trousers and ran on the pitch.
“His father is a season ticket holder and has been for many years.
“This match was the showcase for Halifax Town.
“The first round was televised and a very good crowd – one of whom was his father, sitting in the stand across the way.
“It didn’t take long for his father to realise it was his son being led away.
“That has caused a rift. His father hasn’t spoken to him since.
“If it wasn’t enough for his father to distance himself, his partner was very, very upset. She was talking about him leaving the house.”
One daughter also heard about her father’s escapade at pre-school.
“Many of his friends and neighbours thought it was a very jocular action but he doesn’t. I want to assure you he shows considerable remorse.”
Lowther was originally charged with outraging public decency.
The charge was changed so magistrates could consider a football banning order – but the terms would not have extended to the Blue Square North league.
Chairman of the bench John Halliday said: “You will in future be known as the man who ran on to the pitch at Halifax Town without his trousers.”