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Gareth Fullerton

Barry Johnston has his own 'balloons' story that he can't escape from

Mick McDermott's contentious "balloons" comments last weekend sparked some title-winning memories for former Irish League player Barry Johnston - but for all the wrong reasons.

'Janty' won back-to-back titles with Cliftonville in 2013 and '14 respectively, and he has a lasting memory of the first success tattooed on his ankle.

The former midfielder was in Majorca with several teammates to celebrate their Gibson Cup win 10 years ago, and drunkenly decided to get some ink work done to commemorate their big win.

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But instead of going for a trophy or champagne celebration tattoo, they decided to get a small design of a single red balloon with 'champs 2013' written beside it.

"When we won the league we actually went and got small red balloons tattoed on our ankles in Santa Ponsa when we were drunk," Johnston told Belfast Live'sThat's What I Call Football podcast.

"And every time I look down at my foot I see this stupid red thing that looks like a blister, but it's supposed to be a red balloon.

"So Glentoran fans should take note of that."

Also on the trip to Majorca were Reds stars George McMullan, Ryan Catney, Ciaran Caldwell, Liam Boyce, Joe Gormley, Marty Donnelly, Dermot McVeigh, Eamon Seydak and Marc Smyth.

Former Cliftonville coach Gerard Lyttle, who was part of Tommy Breslin's backroom team in 2013, added: "Janty, even before that tattoo I always saw red balloons on your feet when you were kicking the ball anyway."


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