WEDDING guests will make a desperate derby day dash to get to the church on time for their Sunderland-mad friend’s wedding.
Black Cats’ fan John Slasor couldn’t believe it when the FA scheduled tomorrow’s clash with Newcastle for his wedding day.
The groom, who is marrying Leanne Kane ruled out trying to get from the Stadium of Light to Our Blessed Lady’s Church in Washington Village after the kick-off was moved to noon.
But he said some of his guests are still going to make a dash for it to avoid missing out on the derby, which is also Sunderland’s first home game of the season.
“They’re going to have everything ready, but they’ll be cutting it fine,” he said. “It’s doable, but there’s no way I’d chance it.”
John, who works for the Jobcentre, had hoped to watch the match online while getting ready. But he suffered further disappointment when he realised it wouldn’t be shown on either TV or the internet.
“We’re just going to make do with listening to it on the radio and have a few drinks. It’s all we can do,” said John. “I am gutted I’m going to miss it, but some things are more important.”
After watching both teams perform at the start of the season, John is confident Sunderland will win.
“I think we can hammer them. I think it will be 2-0 at least,” he said.
John has an even extra incentive to pray his team will win – his best man Gary is a Newcastle supporter.
“He really is staunch Newcastle, and it will be funny if they do get a hammering. It will make for an interesting best man’s speech either way,” said John.
The happy couple, both 24, who live in Helmdon, Sulgrave, with two-year-old daughter Sophie, had originally asked about having their wedding at the Stadium of Light.
But the club told them they must wait until the fixtures came out. Little did John know how disappointing the news would be.
“I’m disappointed, but it’s just one of those unfortunate coincidences,” said John. “I was pretty sure it would be changed, but I was hoping it would be on the Sunday.”
John’s father-in-law-to-be Jimmy will also miss the match to walk his daughter down the aisle.
“He hasn’t missed a game in 20 years,” said John.