Goal Falkirk fan will never forget ..

Ryan kept his promise and was tattooed by Falkirk artist Kevin Mooney
Ryan kept his promise and was tattooed by Falkirk artist Kevin Mooney

Falkirk fan Ryan Pearson has kept his word after declaring he would have a tattoo drawn if Scotland striker Kenny 
Miller scored at Wembley.

The 20-year-old, a keen 
football fan, posted a message on social networking website Twitter that he would have the words ‘Kenny Miller goal machine’ inked on his backside if the veteran Scotland player managed to find the net against England during the friendly international on August 14.

The post went almost 
unnoticed until shortly after half time of the match at 
Wembley Stadium.

Miller, whose selection in the team had been questioned by some, collected an Alan Hutton cross, beat his 
marker and drilled a fine shot past England goalkeeper Joe Hart to put the Scots 2-1 up.

Although Scotland 
eventually lost the game 3-2, Miller’s goal has now made a lasting impression on Ryan, a 
hospital worker from Falkirk.

After his original tweet was retweeted almost 1000 times - and attracted attention from national newspapers and radio stations - he declared that he would keep his promise and soon made a booking to make the tattoo become 
reality.

He tweeted shortly after: “a tattoo will be worth it just for that goal”.

Ryan visited the Oldtime Classic Tattoo parlour in Vicar Street, Falkirk, last week to have his Kenny Miller tribute made permanent. He was accompanied for support by his dad Sean (46) and brother Cameron (19), who are all well-known Bairns fans.

Tattoo artist Kevin Mooney waived his usual £50 fee to complete the four word phrase.

Asked if he’d had been drinking before posting his 
original tweet, Ryan replied that he “didn’t even have that excuse”.

Ryan previously made headlines in The Falkirk 
Herald 20 years ago when he became the youngest known registered football fan in the world.

Shortly after his birth on November 5, 1992, his dad Sean left the maternity ward to make the short trip to Brockville Park, the 
former home of Falkirk 
Football Club, to register Ryan as a member of the Junior Bairns supporters club.