A LUCKY fan has snapped up a special memento of Sunderland AFC’s 1973 FA Cup victory.
Echo website competition winner Denise Tait is now the proud owner of a special limited-edition print, signed by all the players from the 1973 squad, with the sad exception of much-missed goalscoring hero Ian Porterfield.
Only 73 of the colourful prints have been produced, retailing at £150.
The 41-year-old entered the Echo competition to win the framed print and a copy of a commemorative 1973 book, courtesy of Sunderland-based design agency Twocan and football memento company League Of Legend.
Denise, and husband Chris, who live in Houghton, were presented their prizes by ex-Sunderland skipper Gary Bennett.
A lifelong SAFC fan, stepmother-of-two Denise remembers being taken to Roker Park as a girl.
She said: “I was over the moon to find out I’d won.
“My uncle Rob used to take me to Roker Park from when I was nine and I’ve been a season ticket holder for longer than my husband.”
Chris, 43, a civil servant, added: “Apparently for the FA Cup game, I was watching at my grandmother’s, because she was the only person in the street with a colour TV.”
The book, retailing at £20, has been written by Sunderland-based author Brian Leng and produced as a limited-edition of 1,973.
It chronicles – often through pictures never before published – the adventures of the 1973 team which triumphed against all odds against the then-mighty Leeds United.
Brian is a Black Cats fan, as is Paul Briggs, who now owns Sunderland-based Twocan, and designed and produced the book and the print.