Former Smiths frontman Morrissey was in California this week to see the L.A. Galaxy thump Club Tijuana in a preseason friendly, visiting the locker room afterward to snap a photo with Irish striker Robbie Keane.
But that's not the end of the story.
The 53-year-old singer-songwriter wrote a paean on the meeting for the fan site True To You and revealed that his father's cousin was Keane's grandfather, making the pair distant relatives.
It was a joyous head-storm to attend LA Galaxy -v- Club Tijuana last night and to see captain Robbie Keane score in the fourth minute. Why, exactly?
Well, family tree aficionados will be aware that Robbie and I share the same Irish blood; his late grandfather (Thomas Nolan) being my own father's cousin. In filial terms the Irish blood, English heart genetic between Robbie and I is evident - his chin is my chin, my chin is his. Robbie was raised on Captains Road (as was my mother) in Crumlin (Dublin), before he was shipped out to Tallaght. He is a gentleman of the highest caliber (or, if you must, calibre), and to watch him on the pitch - pacing like a lion, as weightless as an astronaut, is pure therapy. Robbie, the pleasure, the privilege is mine.
20 February 2013
Though the gloomy crooner's Irish Catholic parents emigrated from Kildare to Manchester in the 1950s, he's always remained in touch with his Irish side and previously described himself as "nine parts Crumlin and nine parts Old Trafford."
Keane, a Dublin native, just signed a multi-year contract extension with the Galaxy after helping lead the team to back-to-back MLS championships.