A FORMER professional footballer whose drunken lifestyle was featured on a TV documentary has been branded Ivan the Terrible.
Ivan Egerton was featured on 999: What’s Your Emergency? last week.
And a court heard on Friday that his behaviour on screen led to him being reviled across his home town of Blackpool, if not the rest of the country.
He had even been arrested after a false allegation of child assault was made against him.
Egerton – who played for Leeds United and Coventry City – had been taken by ambulance to his local accident and emergency department 52 times in a year because he had drunkenly collapsed.
At one stage he was seen asking ambulance staff to take him to hospital so he could have a bed for the night and have a shave.
Egerton, of Exchange Street, North Shore, appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford and admitted stealing a £4 bottle of cider from Iceland.
The judge heard he had committed 94 previous offences .
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that when police arrested Egerton in the street with the bottle under his arm he told them: “A friend brought a bottle round to share so I thought I would return the gesture but I had no money.”
Kathryn Jameson-Sinclair, defending, told the court: “My client had a serious issue with alcohol.
“This week he appeared on the TV programme. It did not show him in a good light, now everyone in Blackpool if not Britain knows his name and his face for not very good reasons.
“People have been telling him what they think about him. They think his behaviour is terrible.
“And when two women made up an entirely false allegation against him that he had kicked out at a baby he was so drunk he could not defend himself when he was arrested.
“However CCTV later cleared him of all involvement in such a crime.”
The judge said that Egerton should get help for his problems and asked the Probation Service to intervene and help him:
The judge added: “The public reaction to him has been very negative and drink is taking him publicly downhill.”