Lucky Sunderland fan wins special-edition 1973 FA Cup print – PICTURE

Former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett presents Chris and Denise Tait their 1973 FA Cup competition prize
Former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett presents Chris and Denise Tait their 1973 FA Cup competition prize
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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.