Celtic fan Lawrence kicks Giants to the Super Bowl
By: Paul Cuddihy on 23 Jan, 2012 10:00
THE New York Giants might play in red, white and blue but there was a definite green and white hint to their weekend triumph which saw them reach the Super Bowl – the showpiece final for American Football.
Because the man who kicked the winning field goal for the Giants was Greenock Bhoy, Lawrence Tynes, a self-confessed Celtic fan.
His goal in overtime gave his side a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers to set up a showdown with the New England Patriots on February 5.
And Tynes is already a Super Bowl winner, having helped his team beat the Patriots in 2008.
Now 33, Tynes was born in Greenock and spent the first 10 years of his life in Campbeltown before his family moved to the United States when his father, who worked with the US Navy, was transferred home.
His mum is Scottish, and a Celtic fan, and it was she who passed on a love of the Hoops to Lawrence and his two brothers, Jason and Mark.
And a visit to Celtic Park in 1989 cemented the bond with the Hoops that remains to this day. It was a game against Hearts on October 21, 1989 when Celtic won 2-1 thanks to goals from Roy Aitken and Tommy Coyne.
“It was awesome,” Tynes told the Celtic View in a previous interview. “We wore our scarves and had our tricolour flag. We weren’t in The Jungle, though. We were behind the goal at the Celtic End.
“My Celtic heroes at that time were players like Paul McStay, Pat Bonner, Mick McCarthy and Andy Walker. They were great players. I also had the Panini sticker books – I’ve still got some of those.”
That first game in 1989 also stands as the only Celtic match he’s so far attended because, a year later, the Tynes family moved to the United States, which has been home ever since, settling in Florida.
“When we first moved over it was hard to keep up with Celtic because of the time changes,” he said. “But the Internet has probably been the biggest change.
“My oldest brother, Jason, is probably more involved in it now. He’s the one who keeps me up-to-date with the scores, and keeps up with it more now.
“I have a lot of family over in Scotland, aunts, uncles a lot of cousins, mainly based in Port Glasgow.”
The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, to be held in Indianapolis on February 5.