SAFC legend at Stadium for match of the day

SAFC legend George Mulhall at the wedding of Nicola Thompson, 29, and Lee Patterson, 35.
SAFC legend George Mulhall at the wedding of Nicola Thompson, 29, and Lee Patterson, 35.
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A BLACK Cats legend was at the Stadium of Light for a special match.

George Mulhall, who wore the red and white of Sunderland from 1962 to 1969, was at the Black Cats’ ground for the wedding of his friend’s granddaughter.

The Scot, who holds the record for the most consecutive appearances for the club, was there to celebrate the marriage of Nicola Thompson, 29, and Lee Patterson, 35.

George, a lifelong friend of Nicola’s grandfather, Val Young, was invited to sample the hospitality at the stadium that doubtless outstrips anything he was used to back at the old Roker Park.

The newly-weds are season ticket holders at the Stadium of Light and Nicola said she was delighted to be able to invite George back to Sunderland’s home.

She said: “Grandad knew many of the Sunderland players from the 60s and 70s, including George, who remains a friend of the family.

“It was great to have him at the wedding to help Lee and I celebrate our big day and, of course, a great chance for him to come to the home ground of a club he spent many years of his career with.

“Lee and I are both Sunderland supporters and season ticket holders, so having a club legend among our guests was fantastic. And, of course, the Stadium of Light holds a special place in both of our hearts, so to be married there was really fantastic.”

Staff at the stadium were also happy to extend a warm welcome to a club legend.

Commercial director Gary Hutchinson said: “George Mulhall is a real Sunderland legend, so to have him back to sample the excellent hospitality we have on offer here at SAFC is fantastic.”

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