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Poorly Sunderland boy was Black Cats’ lucky charm as mascot at Manchester United

Little George Johnson who was a Sunderland mascot at the semi-final match agasint Manchester United

Little George Johnson who was a Sunderland mascot at the semi-final match agasint Manchester United

SUNDERLAND fan George Johnson proved to the Black Cats lucky charm when he lead his team out for another winning performance last night.

The four-year-old, pictured, was chosen as mascot for the Old Trafford semi-final – the second time he has performed the honour having first lead his favourite team out at Everton on Boxing Day, which they won 1-0.

Brave George, who has already had 75 operations due to an unknown illness, spent time in hospital this week, but was determined to sport his red and white strip, and lead the players out for what turned out to be another momentous win.

Dad Neil Johnson, 33, of Farringdon, said: “He’s proving a lucky mascot for the team. They won at Everton when he was mascot, now they beat Manchester United. If he’s mascot at Wembley, maybe they’ll win there.

“It was an amazing match and a day George will never forget.

“The fans were amazing and the players were out of this world. They did us all proud.”

“George has been in hospital this week, so we didn’t know if he would be able to make it, but he was adamant he was going to lead the team out again.

Neil, who was at the game with wife Emma, 32, and daughter Ava, five, added: “We got to meet the team and George wore the strip which the team signed for him after the Boxing Day game.”

George, who has a very rare condition, which means that he can not eat or drink, and survives by being fed through his heart, has had a charity set up to help further his diagnosis and support treatment.

A charity football match is being held at the Stadium of Light on February 9.

For more information, e-mail neiljohnson2709@gmail.com. Tickets are available from the stadium or by calling 0871 911 1973.

 

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