Striking tribute to Sunderland legend Raich Carter appears on Sunderland pub

Raich Carter mural on the side of the Blue House pub, Hendon
Raich Carter mural on the side of the Blue House pub, Hendon
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A STRIKING mural in honour of a Black Cats legend has appeared on the side of a city pub.

It depicts football hero Raich Carter back on his home patch of Hendon.

Raich Carter mural on the side of the Blue House pub, Hendon

Raich Carter mural on the side of the Blue House pub, Hendon

The looming portrait is the handiwork of Sunderland artist Frank Styles and has been painted on to the gable end of the Blue House pub, off Corporation Road.

Horatio Carter, or Raich as he was affectionately known, was regarded as the finest English inside-forward of his generation.

He captained Sunderland to the Football League title in 1936, at that time the youngest man ever to have captained a First Division title-winning side. He followed that up with victory in the FA Cup final a year later, scoring the second Sunderland goal in a 3–1 win over Preston North End.

The mural is part of the Grafters’ Gables project, which will see six large-scale murals depicting well-known characters and stories from Hendon.

Between now and the end of May, various murals will be springing up around the area, all painted by Frank.

It’s funded by Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council, and Community First.