WEARING a rival football club’s colours is bad enough for some fans – but James Sullivan is going one step further.
The 29-year-old, from Havant, is planning to get Southampton FC’s badge tattooed on to his leg – next to his beloved Pompey crest – to raise money for charity.
The dad-of-two was inspired to set up the fundraising scheme after being goaded by Saints fans on a Facebook page.
James, who is a life-long Portsmouth FC fan, said: ‘This may not mean anything to some people but locals to the two cities will understand what it means for a Portsmouth fan to do this.’
He was originally going to fundraise for Cancer Research UK, a charity that pioneers life-saving research into the disease, but when his friend’s little girl Lola-Mai Burns was diagnosed with cancer, he wanted to help her too.
Lola-Mai, two, was treated at both Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and Southampton General Hospital, and her family is fundraising for the hospital trusts.
James, who is dad to Gracie, three, and Millie, one, said: ‘She was looked after in both hospitals.
‘I was thinking of doing the fundraising and then when I saw their page, I messaged them asking if I could help.
‘I said I had a few ideas but this is the one that’s taken off.
‘I went on a Saints-Pompey banter page and I was having an argument with a Saints fan when the idea came to me.
‘I put it out there and I started to get a bit of interest but it’s mainly Saints fans that are wanting to pay me to do it.’
The tattoo, which he has designed himself, will be next to his Pompey crest on his right leg and it will be inked by Rob Hasler, from Havant Ink, in West Street, Havant.
James, a builder, said: ‘I’m not nervous about tattoos because I’m covered in them but I am nervous about what it is.
‘I was trying to think of the worst thing I could do.
‘It’s been a long-running joke that I always said “If you want me to do something for Southampton, then you’ll have to pay me.”
‘Well now I am getting paid, but it’s just not for me.’
James will be booking the tattoo as soon as he reaches his £200 target, and he encouraged people to get involved.
He will also be holding a charity raffle and he is looking for donations to be used as prizes.
To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to justgiving.com/James-Sullivan2016.