Sports fans love to show their admiration and support for their favourite teams and players. From the NFL and NBA to the NHL and MMA, there are many who travel near and far to support their heroes. Some even take it to the next level and get inked to show everyone they are loyal and true supporters. More than a few Mike Tyson tattoos are out there, as are there permanent reminders of the Miami Dolphins shown on bare chests, legs, and even forearms.
How do you show support for your favourite sports teams and athletes? There are many different ways to achieve this, from the most popular such as purchasing merchandise and attending matches, to the more extreme, like getting tattoos and placing bets at the top California gambling apps. Where do you fit in? When your local football team takes to the field, are you an interested spectator, or do you travel overseas to watch them in action?
Getting a tattoo of a professional sports team or athlete is great. Having a memorable moment permanently etched on your skin is becoming more popular, and it’s always great to see, but the truth is it doesn’t always go to plan. There are some horror stories regarding sports tattoos, such as ink that looks nothing like the athlete it’s supposed to represent to spelling mistakes and even errors in a club badge. Having a tattoo to show your love for a sports team is admirable, but not when it all goes wrong.
In this article, we recount our favourite tale of the soccer tattoo that went badly wrong, so much so that it became famous and provided opposition fans with ammunition in the never-ending war of words that rage on social media. Read on as we talk you through the most embarrassing soccer tattoo there ever was.
Terry Munro – a legend in Glasgow
If you are a keen follower of soccer in the United Kingdom, you’ll already know that the two biggest teams in Scotland are the Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers. Both teams have enjoyed periods of dominance over the Scottish Premiership, but neither have been able to take their winning streak into double figures. Celtic have won the Scottish Premiership nine times on two occasions, while Rangers have also managed nine league honours on the bounce. In what has become a two-horse race in recent times, the battle for ten rages on.
Celtic came closest to winning 10 in a row last season when they entered the 2020/21 campaign, having won the league in each of the last nine years. Fans had been singing about the famous 10 in a row bid for many years before they reached the nine, and it was thought to be a foregone conclusion that the Hoops would make it into the record books.
They didn’t achieve it with Celtic’s push for a 10th league title stopped by a rampant Rangers led by former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard. The Gers shot down their city rivals, winning the league against all the odds, stopping ten and leaving Celtic fans in a state of shock. It was a glorious year to be a lover of the Teddy Bears, and that world record 55th league championship inspired a fair few tattoos. But the one we will write about here was placed on the skin of a Celtic fan.
Who is Celtic’s, Terry Munro?
As already mentioned, Celtic fans believed a 10th league title was a gimme last season before Rangers hit the front and sprinted clear to upset the odds and tear up the script. One member of the Hoops loyal was so confident he paid for a 10 in a row tattoo while on vacation in Magaluf, but his request was lost in translation.
What the dismayed soccer fan was left with – on a spot on his chest that should have proudly displayed 10 in a row – was the name, Terry Munro. As the story goes, the supporter’s drunken order was misheard, and he was left sporting a tribute to Terry Munro.
Rangers supporters instantly seized on the mistake, sharing photos on social media until it went viral. We then had 55,000 Rangers fans singing “Cheerio Terry Munro” in Govan.