Goodbye Afro! Tom Huddlestone gets haircut in nearly three years | inside World Soccer

Tom Huddlestone's long-awaited haircut took place on Thursday in a home changing room packed full of press, photographers, and television cameras at the KC Stadium.

Hull player Tom Huddlestone goes under the scissors after breaking two-year scoring duck
Hull player Tom Huddlestone goes under the scissors after breaking two-year scoring duck

Photo: @hullcityteam

Huddlestone had refused to have a haircut until he broke a scoring drought that dates back to April 2011, and a being a man of his word, he let his hair grow, raising funds for Cancer Research UK in the process.

It took until Huddlestone's 27th birthday to find the net again when he put in a man-of-the-match performance in Hull City's 6-0 thrashing of Fulham last weekend.

He celebrated the goal by having an impromptu cut on the pitch but had to wait a little longer before the big cut, as his favourite barber Lance Lowe was brought up from London.

Speaking before turning his elaborate afro into a sleeker mohican cut, Huddlestone said: "It's been a long time coming but thankfully I managed to hit the target at the weekend and I'm finally getting the barnet chopped.

"A few of the lads suggested I go for a 'Mr T' look. I'm not going quite that bad but I am going for a mohican, it's the only thing I could think of that wouldn't make me look as stupid as I did before."

The most anticipated haircut in world football has finally been completed
The most anticipated haircut in world football has finally been completed

Photo: @hullcityteam

Huddlestone's hair-raising idea has so far raised over £36,000 for Cancer Research UK and he is hoping to more than double that amount and get it to £75,000.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder added: "We've raised over £35,000 now and that's nearly trebled since the final whistle against Fulham.

"Fair play to the public, I'd like to thank them for raising the awareness and pledging their money.

"Hopefully my next cut won't be as long coming now and I hope someone else will do the same now because it's a good cause."

Lowe, who cut Huddlestone's hair during his Tottenham days, said: "I've been texting Tom for the best part of the three years asking 'when are we doing this?'

"I couldn't wait to get my hands on that hair."

If you want to donate to Huddlestone's campaign you can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/huddlefro

Or you can bid on eBay for the clump of his hair chopped off on the pitch in the immediate aftermath of his goal.


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