It was while googling for an image of George Best in an Aston Villa shirt that a completely different figure in the claret and blue appeared. The voluptuous form of Erica Roe (actually spelt Erika), who became famous in the eighties for streaking across the Twickenham pitch during half-time of a England vs Australia rugby game.
Her connection to George Best according to Google? God only knows.
As a Villa fan she’d unknowingly timed her infamous streak to perfection, January 1982 was a few months before the club’s finest achievement of lifting the European Cup and she would have a photo opportunity with the players that went on to lift the cup.
Roe was last heard of living in Portugal with her husband and three kids, plying their trade as ‘sweet potato’ farmers. If she’s been living a lowkey life, the Grainstore brewery actually named a on-tap beer after her.
Update 12/14: 33 years since her streak, Erika Roe has posed naked for a 2015 calender to raise awareness for breast Cancer. More details on her website – www.erikaroe.com
How times have changed since her streak over 30-years ago, the streak was laughed off and considered a bit of harmless fun like a Carry On film, just like the iconic male streaker at Twickenham in 1974 who had his modesty saved by a policeman’s helmet, captured in the famous picture below.
Nowadays such a streaker would be treated in a heavy-handed fashion and, as with the streaker at the Manchester City game at Villa Park last season, be prosecuted and end up on the sex offender’s list. Sadly, as a society we’re becoming more and more puritanical as the year’s pass. Hell, we can’t even wave a ‘One Stan Petrov’ flag without some people complaining and getting it banned. Sad times indeed.
Speaking of Carry On humour, below are the top 20 answers by MOMS followers on Facebook in no particular order (although the first one did get the most Facebook likes) to the following question:
Who’s this Villa fan and what is she famous for?
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