'Fanatic' Newcastle fan pays tribute to club by creating 8ft stained glass window
John Hardisty, who is a die-hard Newcastle United fan, has paid his tribute to his much-loved club by creating an amazing eight-feet long stained glass window featuring the images of club legends.
Hardisty from Newcastle upon Tyne, said he got the idea to create the window in his garden shed after fans protested when the club's stadium St James' Park was renamed the 'Sports Direct Arena' last November.
"I saw the reaction of fans outside St James' Park when it was announced that it was going to be renamed. Then I saw this guy holding a protest poster, which he'd made out of felt-tip pen," the Daily Mail quoted Hardisty, as saying.
"It said: "Football is my religion. St James' Park is my church". My idea came from that really. Football, especially Newcastle United, is a form of religion up here. I saw some images on the internet and started to draw my own from there. It took about two months for me to draw and then create the window," he added.
Hardisty said he put striker Papiss Demba Cisse, who is a nine million pound signing from German side Freiburg in January, at the top as Jesus Christ on the cross and then the rest as the disciples.
"It's all symbolic, but fun as well," Hardisty said.
Cisse, who has made a huge impact since joining Newcastle, is revered on Tyneside after scoring 13 goals in 14 games last season, and helping the club qualify for the Europa League.