Kian hoping for Pool glory

Kian Kelly, 9, will be going to Wembley to watch Blackpool while his brother Rory Kelly, 11, will be playing in a national tournament nearby
Kian Kelly, 9, will be going to Wembley to watch Blackpool while his brother Rory Kelly, 11, will be playing in a national tournament nearby
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HE BECAME the face of Pool’s Premier League success – and now one young fan is hoping to cheer the Seasiders back to the top flight.

Little Kian Kelly’s tangerine and white hair do made him an overnight sensation after it caught the imagination during Blackpool’s 4-0 victory over Wigan on the opening day of the Premier League campaign back in 2010.

And the nine-year-old’s mum, Ana Torres, has the tangerine hair spray at the ready as Heyhouses School pupil Kian prepares to head to Wembley on Saturday.

Ana, from Vernon Road, St Annes, said: “Kian is absolutely over the moon to be going to Wembley.

“He is going from our local cricket club – where Sky filmed him watching the final match against Manchester United last summer – and the club is dead chuffed Kian is going on their coach.

“He is going to do his hair again so that will be my job on Saturday morning!”

But one person who won’t be with Kian at Wembley is his older brother Rory, 11.

The Year Six pupil is captaining the Heyhouses Primary School football team in a prestigious national tournament – which is being held in Watford, just 20 minutes from the famous Wembley arch.

Ana added: “Rory is heartbroken, but he is captain of the school team and they are representing the North in the National Schools Cup in Watford.

“It’s a fabulous achievement but it clashing with the play-off final has put a real downer on it because he can’t go to Wembley.

“But he is the captain and he said he had to go and lead the team.”