Aussie Football Fans Are Going Mad For New Hero 'CumDog' After Stunning Liverpool Result
Premier League heavyweights Liverpool were held to a draw by lowly Shrewsbury Town -- all thanks to an Aussie they call "the Cum Dog".
England's FA Cup is one of the world's most beautiful sporting competitions, a nationwide spectacle where small-town clubs get the chance to face off against billion-dollar global powerhouses.
Often, the little teams are absolutely pumped by their big-name opponents, such as this morning, when Manchester United thrashed Tranmere Rovers 6-0, and Manchester City put four goals past Fulham... but every once in a while, something extraordinary and brilliant happens.
Such as today, when high-flying Liverpool -- miles in front at the top of the Premier League table, with some of the best players in the world -- could only draw 2-2 with Shrewsbury Town, who play in the third division of the country's football competition.
Liverpool were 2-0 up in the fourth-round tie on Monday, when Shrewsbury staged a dramatic late comeback. Two goals within 10 minutes saw the final score end at 2-2, and with no extra time or penalties in this competition, the result means the match will be replayed at Liverpool's iconic Anfield stadium.
The hero behind the dramatic result? One Jason Cummings, a Scottish international who scored first a 65th minute penalty, then the 75th minute equaliser.
They call him 'CumDog', and he's being hailed as "an instant cult hero".
Thanks to his Australian mother, he's eligible to play for the Socceroos, and Aussie fans were loving it.
A tweet from Optus Sport got tongues wagging, and people talking.
'CumDog' even briefly trended on Twitter in Australia on Monday.
So, who is CumDog?
Cummings, age 24, was born and raised in Scotland. He's played for Hibernian and Rangers in Scotland, as well as Peterborough United, Luton Town and Nottingham Forest in England, before linking with Shrewsbury in September 2019.
He's also played for Scottish national youth teams, and has been capped twice with the international senior team. However, Socceroos coach Graham Arnold told SBS last year that Cummings had come to his attention, and he was hoping to make the case Cummings was eligible for Australian selection.
The striker is eligible to switch his allegiance to Australia because he has only played friendlies for Scotland.
“He’s one either I or [assistant coach] Rene Meulensteen will most definitely be watching because we need to spread the net as wide as possible,” Arnold told The World Game.
But the CumDog is not just a potential Aussie talent on the field, but known as a joker off the field too.
Here's a video, shot in 2017, of the man stripping to his undies and trying out some wrestling moves, with 'CumDog' scrawled on his chest in texta.
And here he is, again in his undies, and now covered in tattoos.
After the match, a commentator asked Cummings rhetorically "could that have gone any better for you?"
"Well I could have got the hat-trick," he replied, totally dead-pan.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp praised Shrewsbury for the effort, saying his team was far from its best.
"I have to say congratulations to Shrewsbury because it was well deserved. It was the minimum of what they deserved with the chances they had," he said after the game.
"The second goal, we lose two challenges in a row and they finished the situation off brilliantly. That’s it."
We'll keep you updated with CumDog's progress with the Socceroos.