A Scottish amateur footballer, who celebrated with his grandad after scoring the winning goal in a cup final has paid tribute to his ‘hero’ by getting a tattoo of the heart-warming moment on his forearm.
Kern Hutchinson, from Edinburgh, was playing for Leith Athletic in one of the most crucial games of the season when he bagged the winner for his local side.
The club is renowned for producing young players who go on to perform in the Scottish football pyramid, and in recent years they have emerged as quite a force in the East of Scotland Football League.
After netting the emphatic winner, the 24-year-old striker immediately ran towards his grandfather and embraced him in a moment the pair will never forget.
“There wasn’t long left in the game and I managed to grab the winner, so it was just raw emotion,” Kern said, per SPORTbible.
“I ran towards my grandad who would always stand near the goals I was shooting into, so I headed straight for him to celebrate that moment with him. He has always been there to support me.
“I just wanted to show him how much he meant to me.”
Shortly after scoring the winning goal, Kern decided he would pay tribute to his grandad with a permanent reminder of the special moment.
“He couldn’t believe it when I showed him,” Kern said.
“He’s not a big fan of tattoos but he was so shocked when he saw mine. He was actually quite taken back with how well done and how detailed it was.
“He doesn’t come to as many of my games now that he’s older and it’s harder for him, so to have that moment with him meant a lot.”
After his visit to the Adept Art Collective Studio in Edinburgh, Kern shared the picture of his tattoo via Twitter, which then went viral and achieved almost 100,000 likes in one day.
In these troubling and uncertain times, it’s heart warming stories such as this that will put a smile on the face of our nation as we continue to struggle through the repercussions of the COVID -19 pandemic.
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