Published: 17:00, 02 September 2014 |
Updated: 18:02, 02 September 2014
A boozy football fan who ran onto the pitch and took a free-kick during a Premier League match is seeking donations to pay off his £305 court fine.
Football fan Jordan Dunn's Go Fund Me page has already attracted £230 in donations - just £75 off his target.
He appeared before a judge at Thames magistrates court in London yesterday, to be told he had "bent it like Beckham."
District Judge Gareth Branston described how the fan sprinted across the pitch before kicking for goal.
But national newspapers said the judge added: “Regrettably it was about 30mph slower than Beckham.”
The 22-year-old from Dover has even managed to take a dive when it comes to paying the £305 fine imposed - with the fund set up on the crowdfunding site.
One donor Nalius Sheehan, who gave £5, wrote: "As a season ticket holder who was at the game. I have to say 'You we're the highlight !'"
Stephen Hornibroom, who donated £10, said: "Absolute legend!!!! Having met you're(sic) dad a few times i can only imagine you are a top bloke like he is. Glad you got off lightly in court and the judge had a sense of humour."
Speaking before the case, Dunn said he knocked back eight beers before deciding to dash 80 yards across the turf to take the strike as West Ham faced Spurs at Upton Park last month.
The Hammers fan – who works on reception at the Premier Inn on Dover seafront – hit the target and was then bundled to the floor by stewards and arrested.
But despite spending a night in police cells and potentially facing a hefty fine running into thousands, Dunn said he had no regrets about pulling the stunt.
He said: "I know it was a mistake, but it was definitely worth it.
"My phone hasn't stopped going off and even Gary Lineker tweeted about it. My mates think I'm a legend."
Footage of the pitch invasion was shared on Twitter and even earned a mention on Match of the Day and Sky Sports News.
But Dunn - who had been boozing for seven hours before the stunt after starting to drink at 9am on the train to London from his home in The Gateway, Dover - said it was a spur of the moment act.
He said: "I thought no one else was shooting, so I might as well.
"I think I ran about 80 yards. I don't remember looking at any players - I only had my eyes on the ball."
Right-footed Dunn – who plays for Sunday side Dover Elms Vale – said he was forced to shoot with his left foot to avoid breaking his stride.
He said: "If I had used my right I probably would have fallen over. It wasn't a bad strike though.
"I just wish I'd used the outside of my right foot and buried it bottom corner."
Dunn spent the night in cells at Forest Green police station and was interviewed and charged under the Football Offences Act on Sunday morning.
He pleaded guilty and was given fines amounting to £305, but avoided a match ban.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.