A lifelong West Bromwich Albion fan set up his perfect match when he got down on one knee to propose in front of more than 25,000 fans.
Jerry Tromans popped the question to girlfriend Abisola Shoyemi at half-time in the Baggies’ 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
And the couple were engaged after Abisola’s seven-year-old daughter Adesewa helped persuade her mother to say ‘yes’.
Jerry grew up in Cornwall and now works and lives in the African country of Congo but was introduced to Albion as a child by relatives in Dudley – and has been a fan ever since.
His new fiancé, who lives in London, and her daughter were making their first trip to The Hawthorns.
Jerry said: “We’ve been together for just over two years and in that time Adesewa has become a really massive Albion fan, so the initial point of the trip was as a surprise for her.
“But I decided to combine it with my proposal and the club were fantastic in helping me to organise it.
“I have a pretty bad knee so I was worried that once I got down I wouldn’t be able to get up, and I did say to the club staff that I’d have looked a right plonker if she had said no.
“I was a bit nervous because she took her time to answer, but thankfully she said yes.”
Before Jerry’s proposal, Adesewa took the microphone and urged her mother to accept the proposal. Her answer was then greeted with ironic boos from Baggies fans, who then broke into cheers.
Abisola, aged 32, and Adesewa plan to move to Congo to live with Jerry when they are married.
He arranged the trip to the game during a two-week visit to Britain.
He said: “I have never lived in the area but when I was a youngster my uncle, Colin Quinn, who had a butcher’s shop in Netherton, dragged me along to a game and I have been hooked ever since.
“When I was working in England I had a season ticket.”
Unfortunately Saturday’s Premier League match ended in a 3-3 draw after Albion threw away a 3-0 lead.