Strippers who tried to cheer Paul Gascoigne up had "huge party" after baring all

A stripper who tried to cheer Paul Gascoigne up by streaking in front of him on a football pitch had a massive party after baring all to the England star.

Gazza won't have forgotten the night Rachel Sadler, now 41, and her pal Vanessa Richards gave him an eyeful during Middlesbrough's 2-2 draw with local rivals Newcastle in December 1998.

Not worried in the slightest about the cold, Rachel's breath wasn't the only thing TV viewers could see as she ran onto the pitch and towards Gascoigne, wearing nothing but a red G-string. Her friend, sporting a Santa outfit including knee-high boots and a revealing coat that would have made Mrs Claus blush, also made her way towards the Boro star.

With not a steward to be seen, the scantily-clad pair reached Gazza with little fuss – and their attempts to "cheer him up" worked as he gave a big smile while being chased by the duo.

Almost 24 years on since that infamous night at the Riverside, mum of two Rachel spoke to Teesside Live about the streak, saying: "We were so young, 18 or 19. I wanted the limelight, we thought we'd get lots of publicity.

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"I was working as a stripper at the time. If I wasn't doing that kind of job, I wouldn't have had the confidence to do it, but I was well up for it. Vanessa ran first, I was panicking. I was petrified. I thought 'if I don't go now, I'll never do it'.

"People around us must have thought 'what the hell are these two doing', especially with us coming dressed like that anyway."

Things didn't start well for Rachel, who tripped over an advertising board as she made her way onto the pitch. But luckily she managed to regain her composure and make it onto the hallowed turf, much to the delight of Gazza.

"I fell over an advertising board, trying to get on the pitch," she continued. "All the cameras snapped Vanessa and there were only pictures of my behind, but I've since seen some full frontals of me with my boobs blurred."

She added: "Gazza was just running backwards, shaking his hands and laughing, saying 'please don't do this to me'. Vanessa tried to jump on his back. He was stood with his foot on the goalpost laughing as we got taken off.

"It was absolutely freezing, even though we'd knocked a couple of whiskies back before we went in. It was the Middlesbrough-Newcastle derby match and there were 36,000 in the crowd.

"People put their coats around us and took us off the pitch. I'd never been arrested in my life, but I wasn't bothered. The whole experience outweighed it all.

"We ended up being released from the police station, they let us take a blanket with us then we went to South Shields, to a pub I worked in, and had a massive party.”

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