Sunderland AFC: the stars in our midst

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A warm welcome to anyone arriving in one of those periodic waves of fellow fans following a link from Ready To Go’s SMB forum.

The topic is famous fans of Sunderland AFC, familiar territory for Salut! Sunderland, where I have added to the work I previously did for 5573 (then Wear Down South), the newsletter of the London and Southern England branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association.

Of course, I could add that if some of the people posting to that SMB thread had already been here, and read the abundant material on Celebrity Supporters that I have built up, they would not make the mistakes evident in, for example, this comment by “Roughy”:

I think there’s a difference between supporting us and just being born near Sunderland. I knew Dave Stewart in the early days and he never expressed an interest in football, Kate Adie was born here but has never said she’s a supporter.
Heather Mills says quite often that she was a Sunderland fan in her youth (and as people who’ve seen my act will know I’m know fan of the monoped witch!)
Mensi is and always has a been a supporter
Tamsin Archer despite coming from Bradford is a fan as her boyfriend/husband John Hughes (?) who wrote Sleeping Sattallite can often be seen at away games
The Tim Rice and Peter O’Toole stuff has been done to death I think they just “chose” us as their team but haven’t really been fans.

Explore Salut! Sunderland and you will discover/confirm that:

* Dave Stewart’s support is indeed in serious doubt

* Kate Adie HAS said she’s a supporter, not least in three separate interviews with me (one for ALS years ago, one for Wear Down South and one update for Salut! Sunderland which, unforgivably, I have not yet got around to posting.

* Tasmin Archer, my most recent subject (in fact the only completely new Celebrity Sypporter interview since the launch of this site) regularly attends games, too. She’s a season ticket holder.

* Heather Mills, and the girl from the New Seekers, are among those I have yet to approach. A long description of others who may or may not be SAFC fans – and as full an account of the Peter O’Toole connection as you’ll ever find – can be seen here.

Any other suggestions – the Tasmin Archer interview happened as a direct result of a reader’s prompt – will be gratefully received and, if possible, acted upon.

And to those Ready To Go regulars again – thanks for the visit; I would already have posted something at SMB, but have just registered (I am sure I have been a member in the past, but have no recollection of my old user name/password) and am not yet allowed to add comments.

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

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  1. Pete Sixsmith August 22, 2007 at 10:49 am #

    Don’t forget Lord Puttnam. He was sat with the travelling fans at Cork and chatted about the horrors of Holywood and signed autographs. Respect to the man. Sir Anthony Eden was a Sunderland fan as well, but I suppose it’s a bit difficult to interview him. John Hurt was born in Sunderland and looks out for the results – or at least he said he did when we bumped into him in The Lamb in Bloomsbury a few years ago.

  2. Colin Randall August 22, 2007 at 11:19 am #

    Get a grip, Sixer. Lord P interviewed yonks ago

  3. Ian Todd August 22, 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    “Roughy” is certainly being a little unfair on Kate Adie as she was “delighted and honoured” (her words) to become a Vice President of the London Branch of the Supporters. Hardly the comment of someone not really interested.

  4. Roughy August 28, 2007 at 1:57 pm #

    Hello great site!
    I thought my comments were pretty close to the ones on this site possibly with the exception of Kate Adie. Do i count as an (in)famous supporter.
    I see you’ve got one of my idols Rob Kane (AKA Robinson aka Coyle)interviewed on here. He was a true inspiration to me and NEVER heard him utter a word about football never mind the lads. However on stage with the Animals in newcastle a few years back he did take great delight in revealing his Sunderland roots!

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