Strongbow comp winners

Competition winners wowed

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by Stuart Vose

Caption competition victors hosted v Fulham.

Chris Swinton and his father were VIP guests at the Stadium of Light for the visit of Fulham after winning the Strongbow caption competition.

Chris entered the exclusive contest via the club’s official Twitter page – www.twitter.com/safcofficial - and was picked out by a panel to be treated to some of the finest hospitality the Black Cats have to offer.

That was the first time I'd been back to the stadium in a few years since I moved away so thank you for ending that dry spell in such a spectacular fashion!

- Chris Swinton

They enjoyed a slap-up meal before watching the 2-2 draw with the Cottagers from premium seats in the West Stand.

And Chris (pictured left), who usually watches Sunderland from afar having moved away from the area, was thrilled.

“I would like to thank you all very much for the amazing experience my dad and I had this weekend at the Stadium of Light,” he said.

"That was the first time I'd been back to the stadium in a few years since I moved away so thank you for ending that dry spell in such a spectacular fashion!

“Your hospitality was fantastic and we had a truly amazing time.”

Chris and his father took on the special responsibility of presenting the man of the match with a keg of Heineken after the game, and Stephane Sessegnon took the honours following his fine equaliser.

And Chris was just as thrilled to meet one of his special heroes from yesteryear.

“Meeting Stephane after the match to present him with his prize was a great surprise,” he said. “I still can't believe I'm taller than him!

“Finally, for me to meet one of my all time Sunderland heroes, Kevin Ball, was the icing on the cake.

“Needless to say your collective praises were being sung all weekend. Thank you again for an unforgettable day.”

The Strongbow caption competition opens on Twitter 90 minutes before the start of every home game. Find out more.