Former Sunderland player and fiancee get married on their 50th birthdays

A match of the day 50 years in the making took place as a former Sunderland star got married.

Ex-SAFC midfielder John Cornforth and his fiancee Sara Stafford got hitched on their 50th birthdays in Seaham.

Former Sunderland footballer John Cornforth marries his bride Sara Stafford on their 50th birthdays at Martinos, Seaham.

Former Sunderland footballer John Cornforth marries his bride Sara Stafford on their 50th birthdays at Martinos, Seaham.

The pair had known each other as youngsters but went their separate ways.

John and Sara got married at Martino’s, which is in North Railway Street in the town, in front of dozens of friends and family.

Former Black Cats player John played at Roker Park from 1985 to 1991, appearing 38 times and scoring two goals.

He also represented Wales twice having been eligible because his paternal grandmother was from the country.

Former Sunderland footballer John Cornforth marries his bride Sara Stafford on their 50th birthdays at Martinos, Seaham.

Former Sunderland footballer John Cornforth marries his bride Sara Stafford on their 50th birthdays at Martinos, Seaham.

Speaking after he and Sara tied the knot, John, who also played for Swansea City, Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Wycombe Wanderers, said: “We knew each other when we were 15 or 16 and I suppose it’s gone full circle.

“We met up again about six years ago and we’ve gone on from there.

“Both of our birthdays are October 7, 1967, and I know I’ve aged a little bit better!

“But we’ve had a lot of family and friends here and it’s been a great day.”

The day wasn’t without its hitches, as the wedding car due to pick Sara up turned up at Martino’s, rather than the hotel she was staying at.

But after a short delay in proceedings, the pair sealed the deal.

When asked what the plans are for their honeymoon, Sara said: “We haven’t sorted one yet because we’re so last minute.

“We’re actually known as lastminute.com.”

John added: “We’ll probably book it tomorrow.

“We’ve got about 30 people who’ve come up from Swansea, so there’s a lot here and it’s a case of seeing what happens in the next day or two.

“We’ll probably go away next Thursday though.”