1973 Painting - Jody Craddock

Former star’s ’73 tribute

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by Stuart Vose

Craddock presents stunning new work.

Former Sunderland man Jody Craddock has recently completed a stunning new painting of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup-winning side.

The defender, who is currently with Wolves, is a keen artist and has his own website, www.art-affect.com.

He has produced the stunning new work (pictured above) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Sunderland’s cup win.

To be able to share my passion for art at the same time of having the privilege of being associated with Sunderland once again is perfect for me

- Jody Craddock

The painting took more than five months to complete, including more than 50 hours’ work on the details of the players’ faces alone.

Craddock, who made 168 appearances for the Black Cats, said: “I have a love for painting and this will be my chosen career when I hang up my boots.

“To be able to share my passion for art at the same time of having the privilege of being associated with Sunderland once again is perfect for me.

“I remember some of the 1973 players when we crossed paths at club events and they always had fascinating stories to share about their cup run, the victory and what it meant to the fans at that time.

“I have some special memories of my time at Sunderland but to win the FA Cup is an unbelievable achievement and I greatly admire what they did.”

A limited edition of 73 signed, mounted prints will be produced and signed by Jody and the players at the forthcoming anniversary gala dinner at the Stadium of Light.

These can be pre-ordered for £173 via Jody’s website.

The original oil painting is also available (POA) – contact mark@migh.co.uk for more info.

Such is Craddock’s artistic success that he currently has an 18-month waiting list for commissions and is looking to exhibit his work at the London Art Fair.