Ellis Short promises Sunderland fans he’ll be back for a drink – hopefully not drowning his sorrows

Marketing manager at The Life of Riley, Daniel Whale, with the letter from Ellis Short.
Marketing manager at The Life of Riley, Daniel Whale, with the letter from Ellis Short.
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PUNTERS could be rubbing shoulders with SAFC’s billionaire owner at a city centre pub after he vowed to return for a drink – but just hope he’s not drowning his sorrows.

Ellis Short hit headlines after he celebrated his Black Cat’s one-nil win over Everton with fans at Life of Riley in Green Terrace.

Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short with fans in Life of Riley, in Green Terrace, Sunderland, following the team's 1-0 win over Everton at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short with fans in Life of Riley, in Green Terrace, Sunderland, following the team's 1-0 win over Everton at the Stadium of Light

Fans were stunned to see their chairman, and pictures of him arm in arm with a supporter were soon doing the rounds on Twitter.

And the wealthy Texan must have enjoyed himself – as he’s promised to go back.

But after Monday’s 6-1 drubbing at Aston Villa, which has pulled Sunderland right back into the relegation dogfight, fans will be hoping he’s there to celebrate another year in the top flight and not drinking to forget the drop.

Marketing manager Daniel Whale penned a letter thanking the American for popping into the city centre bar after the Everton match at the Stadium of Light.

And Mr Short wrote back, saying how much he enjoyed himself.

Mr Short wrote: “That was a great night for Sunderland supporters and I felt compelled to join in the celebrations. I enjoyed my visit to Life of Riley and hope to be there again in the future.”

Daniel said: “At first no one realised he was there and then one of the fans recognised him and word soon spread around. The atmosphere after that was electric.

“I think it shows how in touch with the fans he is and it’s great that he chose to celebrate with the fans who make the club what it is.”

On the same night, 52-year-old Mr Short enjoyed a post-match chicken mushury curry at Shagorika restaurant, Seaburn, leaving a £1,800 tip.

Owner Abdur Rouf said he was a regular at his Queen’s Parade restaurant.