Favorites Edit

How Liverpool fan Andy Grant's 'You'll Never Walk Alone' tattoo changed after he lost his leg

4.96K   //    06 Feb 2015, 20:06 IST
andy Liverpool tattoo
Andy Grant is a former Royal Marine commando and is now a public speaker and aspiring Paralympian

Andy Grant lost his right leg after stepping on a mine during his time as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan in 2009. Six years on, though, the 26-year-old is a household name after he won a couple of gold medals at the recent Invictus Games.

However, an unintentional change could be one of the reasons for the success that he has achieved so far. Being a hardcore Liverpool fan, he lost out the word ’Alone’ from the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ tattoo that he had got done on his knee while having his right leg amputated.

"I am a huge Liverpool fan so had the Liver bird and the words to the song ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ on my leg. 

“The tattoo that I have been left with has always been a bit of a joke. I use it in my motivational speeches,” Andy told the Metro.

YNWA tattoo
After amputation, the tattoo changed to “You’ll Never Walk”

I just laugh about the change now: Andy Grant

He added that he has a good laugh when he thinks about it now and said that the alteration just added a bit more drama to the story.

“It is bizarre and I just laugh about it. But it adds to my story I guess. The fact is that regardless of what the words says, the operation allowed me to walk and run and do so much else. You have got to see the funny side of it,” he added.

Andy also pointed at the irony that the tattoo carried and has his eyes set on the 10 km world record.

"It is ironic that it says I will never walk as I have gone on to run 10 km in 40 minutes.At the moment I am just two minutes off a record for the 10 km for a single leg amputee and I have that in my sights,” he said.

Topics you might be interested in:
Massive Rafael Nadal fan. Occasional writer. blog:
Fetching more content...