Falkirk may have finished ‘a bit off the top’ of the league this season - but that’s exactly what Will Vaulks was looking for this month.
Not in the sense of missing out on automatic promotion, but off the top of his head after the defender grew his hair in tribute to a former team-mate.
Vaulks’ old Tranmere Rovers pal Joe Thompson was diagnosed with cancer and colleagues and friends rallied round with a ‘grow for Joe’ campaign where they were sponsored to grow their hair.
Vaulks pledged to postpone all haircuts from January until the end of the season and though he was sad he couldn’t add another few centimeteres by growing his locks right up until Sunday, he was pleased to visit Art Hair and Nails in Camelon with Mark Beck.
“It was five months or so I was growing it for – I usually get a haircut evertytwo to three weeks but this was a bit of an unruly nightmare by the end but I’m glad it’s over now and I can feel my head again.
“It’s all for my mate Joe Thompson who’s got a form of blood cancer down in England so we decided to do a campaign, one of the lads started it and it’s just basically to raise awareness.
“A lot of footballers are doing it to raise some money and I did it until the end of the season – but it’s good to have it all off now.”
Vaulks was planning on marking a championship victory with a new-do but in the close shave at the top of the league he was told to wait another few weeks until the end of the play-offs.
“I had long hair when I was young and the lads used to take the mickey out of me and call me Pavel Nedved because the Lazio and Juventus midfielder had long hair a bit like it, but it feels good to be back to normal.
“Last time I checked there was £11,500 in the pot but that’s not just me, that’s everyone contributing, but I maybe made about £1,000 – it’s been brilliant.
“I was only expecting to raise around £50 or £100 but the club has been brilliant and rallied round and supported it. I’ve got to say thank you to Jean Sneddon. She fines us all for the bookings and red-cards and gave us £500 so I need to say a special thanks to her and to all the supporters who have donated money to the cause – cheers. I’ve had a few bad haircuts up in Scotland to be honest, some are a nightmare, but I was looked after and I’ll maybe go back to see Vicki – who’s also the commercial manager Kieran Koszary’s fiancee. She can look after me from now on.”
Vicki McNeill who performed the duties added: “We’re all delighted to support Will’s charity and he was the model customer. We look forward to welcoming him back – especially if he needs a haircut to mark the end of a title-winning season!”