Ear is the secret to striker’s goal celebration

Ryan Bird performs his trademark goal celebration for the Pompey fans
Ryan Bird performs his trademark goal celebration for the Pompey fans
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

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Was he cupping his ears as the Pompey fans lauded his goal after 48 seconds?

Or had he got something lodged in his lugholes in the name of getting the two goals which made his Blues debut so memorable?

In fact, the man who made such an impact in the first game of his trial period after arriving from Burnham has revealed it was neither.

And now striker Ryan Bird has lifted the lid on the goal celebration which marked his night to remember against Hawks on Tuesday.

So what was the routine all about? Woosah, of course.

It turns out the 24-year-old was mimicking Martin Lawrence in American action comedy Bad Boys II.

It’s a recurring line from the film which Bird regularly turned to after bagging 45 goals in a prolific campaign in Southern League division one central last season.

It might not quite be Lomana Lualua doing multiple somersaults across the pitch after scoring – and Guy Whittingham joked he might be having a word with the player about it.

But Bird is now hoping the celebration can become a familiar sight to Pompey fans as he bids to earn a move to Fratton Park.

He said: ‘What’s the goal celebration about? Woosah!

‘It’s from a film – Bad Boys 2.

‘I did it last year when I scored at Burnham.

‘So I thought I might as well carry it on now I’m here.

‘I’m just hoping the Pompey fans get the chance to see it a few more times! That would be brilliant.’

Bird is still in dreamland after marking his 45-minute outing with two goals which now look set to earn him a Pompey contact.

That’s not bad for a man who was working on a building site as an electrician two weeks ago.

The 6ft 4in hitman has been welcomed into the fold since arriving for the first day of pre-season training last week.

That was after a stint with the Blues at the end of last season, where he also impressed.

Now the player looks set to ignore interest from a host of other League Two sides to make his professional dream come true.

‘People are saying that I’ve done really well. Two goals for my first game, I’d definitely take,’ said Bird.

‘Hopefully I can get some positive feedback from the gaffer.

‘They are a lovely bunch of lads here.

‘The lads have been quality towards me. Young lads, old lads – I’ve been able to get on with all of them.

‘They’ve been really nice and said hi. It’s feels like I’m one of the lads already. I’m pinching myself really this is all happening.

‘Two weeks ago I was pulling cables through trunking on a building site – now I’m scoring goals for Pompey!’