WAKEFIELD Wildcats’ fans were treated to a romantic surprise when a former player proposed to his former Wildcat Doll girlfriend during half time celebrations.
Chris Hall went down on one knee in front of the 8,500 crowd watching the Cats’ match against Warrington Wolves at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday.
And to the delight, and relief, of both Mr Hall and the fans, his partner Stephi Scaife said yes.
The pair met at the club 10 years ago when Mr Hall, 29, was a player and Miss Scaife, 25, was a dancer with the Wildcat Dolls.
Mr Hall said: “I wanted to propose at the ground, as it is where we first met.
“It took a bit of organising and I was nervous, but we had lots of people congratulating us, even the Warrington fans.
“Although we met 10 years ago we have only really got together in the past year, but I felt that connection straight away.”
The couple were called to the pitch after the announcer said they had won a competition.
But when Miss Scaife of Leeds Road, Outwood, said she did not know what the prize was, the microphone was passed over to her partner who went on to ask her to marry him.
Mr Hall of Kippax has recently had brain surgery after being injured in a rugby game for Kippax Knights.
The former landscape gardener is now signed off work for at least 12 months and has been cared for by Miss Scaife - a former Outwood Grange pupil.
Mr Hall added: “Stephi has been great and without her I do not think I could have got through everything.
“She was at my bedside in hospital all the time and we have been through a lot together.”
Miss Scaife has a four-year-old daughter called Trinity and they are looking to get married in 2014.