Love match – derby day proposal sweeps Sunderland fan off her feet

Andrew Chapman proposed to his girlfriend Vicki Marlborough ten minutes before the Derby game kick off.
Andrew Chapman proposed to his girlfriend Vicki Marlborough ten minutes before the Derby game kick off.
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DERBY day proved to be one of the most momentus in a Sunderland fan’s life – when her partner proposed minutes before kick-off.

Vicki Marlborough was stunned when Andrew Chapman dropped down on one knee in The Lambton Worm, 10 minutes before the Tyne-Wear derby started on Sunday.

“I was very, very shocked,” the ecstatic 25-year-old told the Echo. “But it was lovely.

“He had it all planned so the manager brought flowers and champagne over to the table.

“I was saying ‘what’s going on?’ Then I turned round and he was on one knee.

“He’s not romantic at all, so it was unlike him.

“Our family and friends were there because he had told them what he was doing, so it was brilliant.

“They were hugging us, then strangers were coming over and congratulating us.

“The match started at 12pm, and I was still in shock, so I think I missed the first 10 minutes.”

It proved the ideal start to a great day for the Seaham couple, who are huge SAFC fans and even more so for Vicki – the soft play manager at The Sandcastle Pub, in Grangetown – who turns 25 today.

“Andrew said he couldn’t decide whether to propose today or on derby day,” she said.

“All of my family are massive fans, so my mam told him to do it before the match – she knows me well – because she knew I would love it.

“By the end of the match, being engaged and having three points off the Mags, it was great. Then we had the rest of the day to celebrate.

“I think my birthday’s been a bit overshadowed by everything, so we’re just going to go for a meal or something.”

Vicki said she can not remember how long she and Andrew, 31, assistant manager at The Sandcastle, have been a couple.

“But the day we got engaged will always be a day to remember,” she said.

The bride-to-be would love a red and white wedding.

“We’ve decided we’ll get married in 2015,” she said.

“I’ve already been looking at wedding dresses.

“I would love to get married in the Stadium of Light, but we’ll see.”