#YouAreFootball video series highlights Sunderland community hero George Forster

Football is nothing without its fans.

That’s the message Barclays, the Premier League’s official sponsor, is reaffirming with a series of videos on their YouTube channel. The videos are dedicated to supporters all around the world and specifically some local heroes. Heroes such as George Forster.

Forster, 87, founded the Sunderland Supporters’ Association back in 1965 and dedicated the last 48 years of his life (and counting) to the Black Cats. Nothing short of a legend around the Stadium of Light, even the players have acknowledged his lengthy service: George is an honorary member of the Sunderland Former Players Association - the only non-player to hold such an honor, according to Barclays Football’s official Facebook page.

"People like George, they are football, they are the real fans, they are the football club” said his grandson, Lee Redford.

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There are stories like Forster’s all around the Premier League, and it’s important to show our appreciation to these men who dedicate their lives to their club, to their passion. Aptly labeled with the #YouAreFootball hashtag, we encourage you to watch the rest of the Premier League’s original videos on their YouTube channel!


Sunderland give Pope a jersey, get first win of season very next day


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Sunderland entered this weekend with just one point out of the season’s first eight games and a load of problems. They already sacked their manager and came in with the league’s worst offense and worst defense. Perhaps a little divine intervention was all they needed.

On Saturday, Pope Francis was given a personalized Black Cats shirt by Father Marc Lyden-Smith, Sunderland’s team chaplain. The next day, the team won its first match of the season, besting arch-rivals Newcastle 2-1 in the Ware-Tyne derby.

A miracle?

According to the BBC, Fr. Lyden-Smith was on a pilgrimage to Rome with about sixty people, and per the club’s request had taken a jersey along for His Holiness.

Lyden-Smith said:

"It was a bit of a miracle really. There were 120,000 people gathered in the square. We managed to get tickets up at the front and the pope was guided towards us.

"Some people from the North East managed to shake his hand and then I asked if he would accept the shirt and he took it and waved it in the air to cheers."

According to Lyden-Smith, Pope Francis was too “diplomatic” on Saturday to say that he would root for one team over another, but he didn’t need to reveal who he’d support — It’s pretty clear enough now!


Paolo di Canio faces angry Sunderland fans after loss to West Brom



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Has Paolo di Canio taken a page out of Jose Mourinho’s notebook?

The embattled Sunderland boss walked back out onto the pitch for a quick “chat” with his supporters on Saturday after a 3-0 loss at West Brom, which left the Black Cats with just one point from their first five Premier League matches.

Heavily criticized by fans over his team’s awful start to the season, Di Canio curiously decided to face the music in similar fashion to what Mourinho had done last year. You may remember, the “Special One” walked out onto the Bernabeu pitch prior to a Real Madrid match to “offer” fans a chance to boo him personally, which they did.

Di Canio’s act, in comparison, came very much out of the blue. Instead of addressing his team in the locker room, he clearly felt he needed to give some attention to his agitated fan base. As you can see, it wasn’t particularly convincing. Di Canio shrugged his shoulders a few times and pointed to his chin, as if to say, “Keep your head up, lads”

Perhaps Di Canio should take his own advice. He may need to look around for a new job very soon.


WAG spotted with jeans wide open

It’s every WAG’s worst nightmare to have an unflattering image published by the press. Step forward this young WAG in the pink top with her zip and button undone! What was she thinking?!

The photo was taken as Sunderland scored a late leveler against Stoke at the Stadium of Light. The woman concerned is rumored to be Black Cat’s forward Steven Fletcher’s girlfriend. We can only presume she forgot to zip back up after going to the restroom…

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