darren watson

Dream day for Darren

by Kate Smith

Lucky prize winner joins team photo.

One new face lined up alongside Martin O’Neill and his squad during the recent team photo-call – thanks to the new SAFC Rewards scheme.

Darren Watson from Seaham was the envy of most Sunderland fans when he pulled on a red and white shirt to line up alongside his heroes for their team photo.

Darren was chosen to star in the photo when he was picked at random as part of the new SAFC Rewards monthly prize draw.

The lucky winner - pictured in the manager’s dug-out - was delighted when he took the call to find out he had won the prize.

Darren said: "When I answered the phone I didn’t believe it – I thought it was someone having a joke.

“I kept asking ‘is this a wind-up’ and was then told that I had been drawn at random to win the prize as part of the new SAFC Rewards scheme for season card holders.

“I told my friends and family and they were just as pleased as I was – I never normally win anything.”

Season card holder Darren lined up alongside new signings Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher in the special team photo and admitted that he is looking forward to watching the players Martin O’Neill has brought in this season.

Following the photo call the prize winner added: “I had the chance have a look around the stadium and then talked to Pop Robson and David Meyler.

“Connor Wickham even came over and shook my hand, so that was a nice touch – it’s been brilliant.” 

Click here to download the new team photo.