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Brave boy is Sunderland mascot for third time

Sunderland mascot George Johnson leads Sunderland with captain John O'Shea out for the match with Hull City, on Saturday

Sunderland mascot George Johnson leads Sunderland with captain John O'Shea out for the match with Hull City, on Saturday

YOUNGSTER George Johnson was hailed man of the match once again as he led out his Black Cat heroes.

The four-year-old was invited to be mascot at Sunderland’s game against Hull City on Saturday as his family continue their campaign to

raise £20,000 in his name.

The cash will be used to fund a trip to America, where his family hope doctors will be able to diagnose the illness which means he cannot eat, drink or swallow.

It was the third time he has been a mascot for the team, with fans adding their backing to his Team George charity.

George, who was on the sidelines as a fund-raising game was held at the Academy of Light yesterday, said “It was cool” to be part of the game and he enjoyed meeting his favourite player and team captain, John O’Shea.

His mum, Emma, said: “He thinks he plays for the team now.

“He loves it and it’s a great distraction for when he’s not feeling well. He loves to be involved and John O’Shea has been so good to him,he’s been lovely.” George lives in The Wirral with Emma, 32, dad Neil,

33, who is originally from Farringdon, and his sister Ava, five, with many of the players taking part in yesterday’s game travelling from Merseyside, and as far afield as Ireland, to take part.

George has previously been a mascot at Sunderland’s Boxing Day fixture at Everton and at the Capital One Cup game at Manchester United.

Also mascot on the day was nine-year-old Joseph Williams, of Silksworth, who won an Echo competition in conjunction with Barclays to appear at the match as part of the Premier League sponsor’s campaign to say ‘thank you’ to fans across the country.

 

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