A FOOTBALL mad couple agreed to tie the not 2,000 feet above their favourite team’s stadium.
Brighton and Hove Albion fan Ross Lawford popped the question to fellow supporter Melissa Freeman during a surprise flying lesson last week.
And the excited Seagulls fan said yes – much to Ross’s relief.
The 32-year-old photographer from Bexhill explained: “I told Melissa we were going on a tour of the stadium but pretended to take a wrong turn and then get stressed about not knowing how to get back.
“I said I wanted to stop for a drink and pulled into Shoreham Airport. Then I told her she was going to fly a plane and within ten minutes we were up in the air – her face was a picture.”
However, the unexpected flying session was only part of the surprise.
“I had arranged for us to fly over The Amex,” explained Ross, who lives in Sutton Place.
“It looked amazing from the air and just after we had circled the stadium I asked her to turn round over the headset and proposed.
“I think she was shocked because there was about a ten second pause before she said yes.
“Thankfully, the pilot had taken over the controls by then.
“He congratulated us over the radio which sounded really cool.”
The couple, who have been together for a year-and-a-half, returned to The Amex the following day for their delayed tour – and to see the Albion beat Burnley two nil.
But, having proposed above the ground, Ross has no plans to tie the knot at the stadium, despite the club offering wedding packages.
“On the tour we saw some of the facilities and they were brilliant,” he continued, “but I am not sure I could get away with that.
“Saturday was a lovely day for us because not only were we celebrating our engagement and watching the Albion win but one of Melissa’s relatives was at his first game back since suffering a stroke.”
The Seagulls now boast a 100 per cent win record since the couple got engaged as Ross and Melissa, 29, are hoping their impending nuptials continue to act as a good luck charm this coming Saturday, when Millwall are the visitors.
But, perhaps thankfully, the pair say their relationship will not be dependent on the Albion’s home form.
They plan to get married next May – Brighton fixtures permitting. “I won’t be planning a wedding which clashes with any potential play off days,” said Ross, “I think we will both agree on that.”