Leigh Griffiths’ notched his 12th goal of the season against Tranmere on Tuesday night – and immediately dedicated it to family member Brian Blaney, who had recently passed away.
But with the game coming the day after the ‘death’ of Brian Griffin, the dog in hit USA Comedy Family Guy, the ‘RIP Brian’ t-shirt worn by Wolves’ top scorer was quickly misconstrued!
While Griffiths could understand the misunderstanding, and is himself a regular Family Guy viewer, he was keen to issue a clarification as his celebration became a hot topic on Twitter.
“The goal was dedicated to Brian Blaney, who was a family member,” says the striker.
“He passed away recently and always used to watch all my home games up at Hibs.
“His funeral was the day before our game last weekend which I couldn’t make so I wanted to make a fitting tribute and dedicated my goal to him.
“It was just a coincidence that it tied in with Brian Griffin from Family Guy.
“I do watch Family Guy and if it had been about that it would have been a good bit of banter but that wasn’t the reason behind the celebration.
“It all went a bit mad on Twitter after the picture went on there with the t-shirt so I had to tweet what it was really about.
“A mate texted me afterwards to say it even ended up in the Los Angeles Times!
“For me it was just about showing my respect for a family member but it ended up being far more than that!”
Griffiths was pleased to add to his tally in the game, which took Wolves back to the top of Sky Bet League One ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Peterborough (3pm).
“I got a massive help from the goalkeeper in scoring but I’ll take the goals as they’ll come,” he added.
“As the gaffer said after the game, he was probably looking for me to pass it out left but he also said that if you don’t shoot you don’t score.
“There was only one thought in my mind and that was to get my head down and try and hit the target.
“More important than me scoring was that it was great to get the win on Tuesday night.
“It was frustrating against Brentford because we’d played really well and we just couldn’t get a goal.
“Hopefully we can go to Peterborough now with a lot of confidence.
“They’ve not done too well recently but they’re a big club who had some good results at the start of the season and we won’t be taking them lightly.
“We need to go down there and play our best game and if we do that hopefully we can bring three points back up the road.
“I’m pleased to have got 12 goals so far and we’re still only in November.
“Hopefully as the season goes on I can contribute to the team both with more goals and also my all-round play.”