Black Cats fan Guy's dream day.
Sunderland fan Guy Southern was the first Black Cats supporter to get his hands on the new home kit after winning a special competition by the club.
Southern, who is based in Portsmouth, pre-ordered the 2013-14 away kit and was thus entered into the competition to be the first Sunderland fan to get their hands on the new home kit.
And he was delighted to pick up the shirt after he travelled from his Royal Navy base on the south coast.
“It was pretty manic,” he said. “My girlfriend phoned me and said that I had won the competition and that I’d have to get Tuesday off work.
“We drove up to Derby the night before and stayed with my family before driving up to Sunderland to pick up the prize.
“It was a fantastic day.”
Southern was born in Consett before moving to Derby at an early age and he has since moved to the south coast due to his work commitments.
The 700-mile round trip to Wearside is one Southern rarely makes, though he is a regular on Black Cats away days.
And he’s looking forward to sporting his new shirt when Sunderland travel to Southampton for their first trip of the campaign.
“I get to more away games than home ones,” Southern added.
“The kit is really nice and I’m looking forward to wearing it at Southampton in August.”
Supporters can snap up the new kit from Thursday 25 July, exclusively at SAFC’s three retail stores located at the Stadium of Light, The Galleries, Washington and within Debenhams, Sunderland – as well as through the online store.
Fans can pre-order their shirt now and have it delivered direct to their door on launch day*.
Anyone who pre-orders the home shirt will have the chance of winning family season tickets, a shirt signed by Paolo Di Canio and SAFC store vouchers!
*terms and conditions apply, international delivery is not guaranteed for launch day.