Newcastle United fan Kris Cook was so convinced his club was going to win a first domestic trophy for nearly 70 years that he had a tattoo celebrating the fact on his leg.
The problem was Newcastle ended up losing 2-0 to Manchester United in Sunday’s League Cup final at Wembley.
Cook had the popular club chant “Tell me ma me ma” complete with “NUFC Cup winners 26/02/23” etched on to his skin, but it proved somewhat premature as Newcastle’s wait goes on.
“I asked the lass who does my tattoos: ‘Can you put cup winners on my leg?’” he told the BBC.
“I think she was thinking it was a bad idea at the same time, but I got it done. I think my mam is still a little bit livid, my grandma, she went ballistic – apart from that, all my pals think it’s funny.”
Asked by a BBC Radio Newcastle reporter whether one solution would be to change the N to an M for the sake of accuracy, Cook said he would rather wait for a Newcastle win.
“I wouldn’t have that on my leg – I would rather have one leg to be fair,” he said.
“[It was] dedication or stupidity really, I have always loved [Newcastle], but I didn’t think I’d be walking around with that on my leg for the rest of my life.
“As long as they win something, I don’t care, so I can kind of get away with it a little bit.”