Kenny Miller tattoo now a reality for Falkirk fan Ryan

Ryan has his Kenny Miller tribute made permanent by tattoo artist Kevin Mooney. Picture: Michael Gillen
Ryan has his Kenny Miller tribute made permanent by tattoo artist Kevin Mooney. Picture: Michael Gillen

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 would lose 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.

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, yesterday to have his Kenny Miller tribute made permanent. He was accompanied for support by his dad Sean (46) and brother Cameron (19), who are also well-known Bairns fans.

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

Asked if he was drunk at the time of 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 the baby Ryan as a member of the Junior Bairns supporters club.