Fratton Park joker becomes internet hit

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HIS comical antics at Fratton Park have become an internet sensation.

Eagle-eyed Gillette Soccer Saturday viewers were forced into fits of giggles by a fan clowning around behind pundit Paul Walsh during updates from Pompey’s win over Nottingham Forest.

TEARING HIS HAIR OUT Matt Forde larks around behind commentator Paul Walsh

TEARING HIS HAIR OUT Matt Forde larks around behind commentator Paul Walsh

Side-splitting clips of the supporter pretending to pull his hair out and catching and eating an imaginary fly have already attracted thousands of views on video website YouTube.

Now The News can reveal the mystery joker is none other than comedian and TalkSport presenter Matt Forde.

Forest fan Matt, who has written for Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, said he and a friend were in a ‘jovial mood’ after a couple of pre-match pints.

He said: ‘We went 1-0 down and I was in deep despair.

‘I spotted Paul Walsh next to me and you can either wave “hello mum” or you can have a bit more fun with it.

‘I watch it on Saturdays and I know a lot of mates do too, so I went for it.

‘As it went on, I wanted people to think what was going to happen next like an unfolding story.’

Matt admits it was a ‘huge honour’ to make show presenter Jeff Stelling laugh but insists his actions were not to cause offence.

He said: ‘Paul took it well.

‘He looked over a couple of times and gave us a smile.

‘I needed something to cheer us up – if people are watching, you might as well start doing something funny!

‘I am surprised by the reaction it has received as it was not my intention to appear on the “100 Greatest YouTube Clips” .’

An Erik Huseklepp brace and a goal from Paul Kitson ensured it was a disappointing return to Fratton Park for former boss Steve Cotterill.

Matt added: ‘It was a sloppy game but Forest were dreadful and were found wanting in most areas of the pitch.’