FORMER Hartlepool United hotshot Jon Daly has a new member in his fan club after a football-mad family welcomed their new arrival into the world.
The striker, who played for Pools from 2005-2007 and scored a memorable goal in the play-off final at Cardiff in 2005, currently plays north of the border for Dundee United.
And when United fans Gary and Susan Rattray went to see their scan of their unborn child, they were delighted to see an image of the baby apparantly mimicking Daly’s trademark two-handed goal celebration.
They agreed there and then to name the baby Jon in the striker’s honour – but were left to make a hasty change when a little girl made her big arrival!
In the end, Gary and Susan opted to call the baby Daly, and even though she is less than a fortnight old they are already planning to take her to her first football match having bought her a season ticket.
Susan said: “The first thing the midwife said was, ‘Oh, look at that! Your baby has its hands in the air!’
“We both burst out laughing and Gary wouldn’t stop going on about calling it after Big Jon.
“Jon is our favourite player. He’s scored more than 50 goals and was part of the 2010 cup winning team. He’s a bit of a legend. We can’t wait to take her to her first game. I just hope it’s not too cold.
“So hopefully Daly can meet her namesake soon.”
Republic of Ireland striker Jon, 29, who played 82 times for Pools and scored 15 times, said: “It’s nice to think that people think that highly of you. It’s very flattering and very touching.
“It’s really funny that she had her hands up in the scan. She must have been a United fan before she was born!”