The name's McCormack, Fernando Torres McCormack
A FOOTBALL fanatic has shown his devotion to his favourite player by changing his name by deed poll.
Liverpool fan Shaun McCormack, 36, of Scunthorpe, is now officially known as Fernando Torres McCormack, in honour of the Reds' number nine.
The businessman and father-of-four, who runs his own toy firm, has spent thousands of pounds over the years on tickets to watch his team play home and away.
And after also purchasing signed photographs of the Spanish striker, the avid supporter chose to go one further and legally take on the moniker of his Kop idol.
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Fernando said: "I chose the name Fernando Torres McCormack because the guy is a legend.
"He is the best thing that has ever happened to Liverpool FC. I also chose the name because I have never liked the name Shaun and it never felt right.
"As a family, we go to Spain every year and I just love the name Fernando.
"Being a massive Liverpool fan makes it the perfect fit."
Fernando said he had endured some amused reactions when telling family members about his new name.
He said: "One of my daughters came home from college and when I told her about my new name, she just burst out laughing.
"I also told my mother-in-law about my new name and she stood there with her mouth open – she was speechless."
Originally from Doncaster, Fernando moved to North Lincolnshire 20 years ago and has followed Liverpool since his childhood.
He said: "In the early 1980s, the main teams to support on the block where I grew up were Liverpool FC and Manchester United.
"I was friends with the Liverpool supporters and the rest is history."
Fernando, who said he would continue to follow his hero even if he were to leave the Anfield-based club, changed his name with the Legal Deed Poll Service, in a deal which cost just £13.39.
Legal Deed Poll Service spokesman Jamie Jackson said: "This isn't our first football-related name change.
"Earlier this year, we processed a name change for a teenager who is now known as Steven Gerrard, a name change for a Mr Crystal Palace and even a name change during the World Cup for a Dr Three Lions Churchill.
"This is our first Fernando Torres, however.
"If this carries on, we could create our own team of Liverpool FC name changes."