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VIP derby day treat for dedicated Red and Whites follower George
6:10pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
LIFELONG Sunderland fan George Forster will have a special view of Sunday’s derby showdown against Newcastle.
Mr Forster, 84, who has been following the Black Cats through thick and thin, has been rewarded for his dedication by Premier League sponsors Barclays.
The bank is arranging for him and 40 family and friends to view the game at the Stadium of Light from a VIP box.
Mr Forster is chairman of the Sunderland Supporters Association, which has branches for exiled Mackems across the country and as far afield as Australia.
The association was founded at the club’s request in 1965 and for the last 46 years Mr Forster has been its chairman and driving force.
The award come out of the blue when he was visited at the association’s offices in Monk Street, Sunderland, today (Thursday, October 24).
Barclays were joined by former club legends Jimmy Montgomery – goalkeeping hero of the 1973 FA Cup goal win over Leeds - Marco Gabbiadini and John Sharkey.
The award was made as part of a campaign to thank fans, community heroes, players and managers for making the game what it is.
Mr Forster said: “I couldn’t believe it when I walked into the office. I'm so honoured so many people from the Sunderland community - friends, family and Sunderland players - came to wish me well.
“I love being a Sunderland fan and working for the association is just an added bonus."
David Wheldon, of Barclays, said: “It is individuals like George who make football what it is. His dedication to Sunderland and his fellow supporters is a fantastic example of loyalty and passion for a club he obviously adores."
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