One long-suffering Sunderland fan, having seen his team go through a second successive relegation, is finally getting the chance to watch a decent game as he heads to Wembley next weekend to watch one of the most prestigious games in the footballing calendar.
George W Forster, 91, who was last month awarded Supporter of the Year, has been given a “Football Fairness Package” by PlayOJO, the fair online casino, which includes lunch and box seat tickets to watch the cup final in style plus the chance to meet ex-Sunderland midfielder and club legend Julio Arca.
A regular at the Stadium of Light, Forster met Arca near the club’s home ground to catch up on the team’s recent performances and share their predictions for the Cup Final.
Arca, who presented the tickets to Forster alongside a Fairness Ambassador from PlayOJO – the fair casino which is challenging the UK online casino market to be fair and transparent – said: “Despite back-to-back relegations George has remained a dedicated supporter of the club, and it’s this level of commitment that will help the team continue during difficult times.”
The super-fan, who volunteers five days a week at the Sunderland AFC Supporters’ Association shop, will make the trip to London this weekend with his son-in-law.
On being rewarded with the tickets, George said: “Sunderland has had a tough time of it over the past couple of seasons, but I will continue to support them through thick and thin.
“I’m thrilled to be heading to Wembley this weekend in what will undoubtedly be a chance to watch a great game of football. It will be a trip down memory lane for me – albeit under very different circumstances – as I saw Sunderland win at Wembley in 1973 when they became the first Second Division team to lift the Cup. I’d like to thank PlayOJO for this fantastic experience.”