Sunderland fans passion for the club earns them cash prize

SPORTING MAD: James with grandchildren Rogan Hamilton, Jaiden Hamilton and Keiran Hamilton (left to right)
SPORTING MAD: James with grandchildren Rogan Hamilton, Jaiden Hamilton and Keiran Hamilton (left to right)
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This is the image which led to a family of Sunderland fans scooping the prize of their dreams.

James Hamilton and his grandchildren proved they were Britain’s biggest sport fan clan with their passion for football and Sunderland AFC.

The competition was run by the Sizzling pub company as part of its Summer of Sport campaign.

The contest offered one family the chance to win £1,000 worth of sporting tickets and a meal at their local Sizzling pub.

Mr Hamilton, from South Hetton, County Durham, said: “We were on holiday when we got the call, and celebrated as soon as we found out. It made the holiday even better.

“It can be pricey going to the football these days, especially with five of us going, so we couldn’t have asked for a better prize,” he said.

James and his grandchildren will use the cash prize for tickets to watch their favourite team play at the Stadium of Light, their home ground.

Andrew Owen, manager of The Hollymere pub in Leechmere Road, Sunderland, said: “All of our pubs provide the perfect venue for families to come out and cheer on our national teams with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, quality food and every day value so you can enjoy all the action together.”

“It was great to see many families both in this region, and across the country, getting involved and cheering their sporting heroes on during the summer of sport we recently enjoyed.”