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Boy named after Celtic team grows into obsessive fan

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A Celtic fan named him after his father's favourite
Bhoys players has fulfilled his dad's dream and grown into an obsessive fan of
the club.

Cathal Flood of Donegal, Ireland, was forced to miss
a trip to Seville to watch his side take on FC Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup final
as his wife Jacinta was heavily pregnant.

But when the baby was born he decided to mark the
efforts of his heroes in their battling 3-2 defeat by naming his newborn son
after the entire team.

The intervention of the local priest stopped Mark from
being lumbered with the names of all 11 starting players, but Cathal named his boy after his four favourite stars: Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton, John Hartson and Bobo
Balde.

Together with the his other names, Mark's full
name is Mark Henrik Sutton Hartson Bobo Cathal Andrew Flood.

And Mark - now seven years old - has grown into a
huge fan of the club, with his bedroom a shrine to the Glasgow giants, adorned
with autographs, shirts and photographs commemorating the several times he has
met the club's latest generation of stars.

Cathal claims his wife Jacinta - also a mad Hoops
fan - was quite happy to go ahead with Mark's unusual naming.

But he admits that their dreams will not be
completely fulfilled until Mark goes on to play for Celtic himself.

"The only problem will be getting all his
names on the back of his jersey!" jokes Cathal.

 

 

 

 

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