Forget Alan Hansen, Sunderland fan Barry’s the radio wizard of Oz

Barry Hansen in the commentators' box.

Barry Hansen in the commentators' box.

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SUNDERLAND fan Barry Hansen is making a big noise Down Under.

The Sunderland-born radio presenter has seen his weekly football show grow in popularity, attracting a legion of loyal listeners in Sydney, Australia.

Now the 50-year-old, who co-hosts the British Football Watch on local station 2SSR, could be set for syndication across the country.

“The show has grown quite a following and is going from strength to strength,” he said.

“We have an excellent format and a very knowledgeable list of regular guests and very generous sponsors.

“We’re hoping the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia syndicates it.

“It would be great to have something in Australia that could really take off.”

The show runs for two-and-a-half hours each Saturday night, with a heavy focus on the Premier League as well as the Australia A-League.

“I’ve got a lot of contacts in the game,” said the former Thornhill School pupil. “For the whole show, the phone rings off the hook. We touch on the A-League, but not to any great extent. Because of the way the show is formatted we focus on the Premier League.”

Barry, who lives in Grays Point, New South Wales, said he is enjoying life overseas, despite missing matches at the Stadium of Light.

The dad-of-two, who also works as a customer service manager with an airline, left Wearside with his family in 1975.

“My father took me to see my first football match in 1967 which was a home game at Roker Park, where I saw Sunderland defeat Southampton 1-0 with a goal from George Mulhall,” he said.

“From then on, I was a die-hard Sunderland fan.

“I try to get back to the North East as often as I can.

“It’s great to see the games.”

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