Blind Newcastle fan gets club crest etched onto his glass eye | inside World Soccer

One fan has taken his love for Newcastle United to new extremes by having the club's emblem etched onto a specially made glass eye for him.

Andrew Canavan has paid the ultimate tribute to his favourite club Newcastle United
Andrew Canavan has paid the ultimate tribute to his favourite club Newcastle United

Photo: North News & Pictures Ltd

Andrew Canavan had his right eye removed 20 years ago when a detached retina caused bleeding from his pupil which turned his eye red.

Since then the 35-year-old has been living with a glass eye, but he recently pimped his fake pupil in a bid to find a unique way to show where his loyalties lie.

The demolition worker spent just over £150 on an eye with the Newcastle badge where the iris and pupil normally are.

The glass eye, made by a specialist in Blackpool, arrived at his home in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, earlier this week.

Andrew Canavan shows off his glass eye etched with the Newcastle United crest
Andrew Canavan shows off his glass eye etched with the Newcastle United crest

Photo: North News & Pictures Ltd

Mr Canavan told the Daily Mail: "When some people lose an eye they are devastated, but I saw it as an opportunity to do something unique.

"I have always been a Newcastle United fan. Where I come from, you don't choose what club you support, you are born into it. My dad was a Newcastle fan, and my granddad. This is the ultimate tribute to Newcastle United."

Mr Canavan spent a year trying to secure permission from Newcastle to use their logo - a registered trademark - before finally getting the go ahead this summer.

He added: "It took us ages to persuade Newcastle United to allow me to use the emblem because it is a registered trademark.

"To start with they thought I was taking the mick, but when they realised how sincere I was they said they were happy for me to go ahead."

A Newcastle spokesperson said: "It was certainly an unusual request but one that we were more than happy to assist with."

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