Fan gatecrashed Sunderland players’ party after FA Cup victory

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SUPERFAN Alan Rutter is not only recalling one of the proudest days of his Sunderland-supporting life this weekend – he is also reminiscing about how he was one of the only fans to join in the post-match celebration with the Black Cats’ victorious players.

Alan, who is now 73, today spoke for the first time of how he and pals managed to sneak into the get-together every Sunderland fan wished they could have been part of.

Lifelong SAFC fan Alan Rutter was one of the many who travelled to Wembley for the FA Cup in 1973. Afterwards, Alan even managed to blag his way into the post-match party at the Park lane Hotel in London where he got pictures of him with manager Bob Stokoe, Bobby Kerr, not to mention autographs.

Lifelong SAFC fan Alan Rutter was one of the many who travelled to Wembley for the FA Cup in 1973. Afterwards, Alan even managed to blag his way into the post-match party at the Park lane Hotel in London where he got pictures of him with manager Bob Stokoe, Bobby Kerr, not to mention autographs.

“We went to the game, and then after our tea we went round the hotels trying to find the players,” said Alan, who has followed the Lads since he was 11, and is a season ticket holder at the Stadium of Light.

“We tried a few different ones before we went to the Park Lane hotel, and that’s when I saw Bobby Kerr coming out to get a Football Echo.

“I knew (then-former Sunderland player) George Mullhall and I saw him get out of a taxi, so we followed him into the hotel.”

Alan then got to mingle with players at the bash.

“Emperor Rosko was the DJ and I managed to get loads of autographs,” he added.

“Loads of the old players were there too, like Bobby Gurney, Charlie Hurley and Ivor Broadis, who was my hero growing up.”

“I got photos of myself with Bob Stokoe, Bobby Kerr which I’ve kept since. It was brilliant.”

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