Those of you who follow me on twitter @thegingerwig or those of you who have seen me at the matches will assume that I am Scottish. I’ve had more of my share of “see you Jimmy” comments and even been called David Moyes! More of you will think why does he wear the Tartan wig with the ginger hair. I’ve once been asked if it is my real hair!
I first started wearing the ginger wig at the start of the 1998 – 99 season. Having been on a family holiday to Scotland I purchased the hat in Edinburgh and decided as a bit of a laugh to wear it to the first game of the season. After a resounding 3 nil win at Maine Road over Blackpool I decided after 2 relegations in 3 years that the hat was a lucky omen and would wear it from then on.
People have asked why I wear the hat and over the years I’ve said because during that year we had Paul Dickov, Gary Mason (remember him?) and the least sounding Scottish person to be Scottish Andy Morrison. Morrison joining the turned out to be the catalyst to the club turning around and I was there for his debut at Oldham where in banged in a thunderous strike.
City’s connections with Scotland go back much further. Asa Hartford, Denis Law (’74) are amongst the most famous Scots to have played for City whilst Scotsman Bobby Johnstone became the first player to score in consecutive F.A. Cup Finals at Wembley for the blues.
It was through the link with Selkirk born Bobby Johnstone that the club became the first Premier League club to have its own official Tartan. Selkirk based A S Campbell designed the Tartan to commemorate the link between Scotland and City. This tartan can be seen in the official club scarves as well as a number of other items such as Kilts, skirts and waistcoats.
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However I’m not Scottish and the real reason I wear the ginger wig is that it is the perfect hat for keeping my ears and the back of my neck warm!