BIRMINGHAM City’s Carling Cup final win has inspired a bluenose artist from Dorridge to paint a picture of the team’s Solihull star Craig Gardner.
While the celebratory champagne was still being sipped after Birmingham’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday, Blues fanatic Mark Williams, a professional photographer, took out his canvas and paints, started work and carried on through the night before finishing the artwork on Monday.
The 44-year-old, who runs Bentley Ash photography, said: “I felt I had to celebrate in my own special way and just had an overwhelming urge to create something that would be a lasting testimony to the greatest day I’ve ever had as a football fan.
“Craig’s a local lad, who has grown up supporting Blues and to actually play at Wembley on the day we finally won a major trophy is a dream come true, which all Blues’ fans can relate too.
“That trophy will have meant as much to him as any of us, having had the heartache that more often than not comes with the territory of having Blues in your blood.”
Mr Williams said he has been in touch with a friend of Craig’s and is planning on handing over the painting in the next few days.
“I know it can’t mean as much to Craig as the League Cup winners’ medal, but I hope it will have a special place in his home,” he said.