Prince Charming

Jay Cochrane, from Leigh, on the set of hit ITV dating show Take Me Out

Jay Cochrane, from Leigh, on the set of hit ITV dating show Take Me Out

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WIGAN football coach Jay Cochrane has danced on stage with his idol - Prince.

The 30-year-old who manages the under-9s team for Wigan Athletic and also co-founded a soccer academy, saw the singer at a secret underground gig in Manchester. He said: “Because I had camped out since Thursday, the security guard got me and said I could go on stage with him. The moment was so deep - the fans were so immersed in him. He is such a legend.”

The experience had beaten his time on ITV show Take Me Out, which he said up until that point, had been his ultimate moment,

He appeared on the show early last month and he chose Marley. They enjoyed a romantic break on the island of Fernando’s but nothing more has come from it.

He said: “We speak briefly, but we are just friends.

“We had quite a bot in common, but there was a bit of an age gap between us and we had different things going on. I think she got back with her ex-boyfriend.

“I have become really good friends with a lot of the girls on the show and I meet up with them every now and again.

“But I am still single.”