Jermain Defoe’s mother celebrates son’s derby heroics with Sunderland Echo souvenir

Jermain Defoe's mother Sandra receives her framed Sunderland Echo from managing director Stephen Plews and editorial director Joy Yates.
Jermain Defoe's mother Sandra receives her framed Sunderland Echo from managing director Stephen Plews and editorial director Joy Yates.
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It was the greatest moment of his Sunderland career so far.

And now, courtesy of the Echo, Jermain Defoe’s mother Sandra has a lasting memento of his derby-winning exploits for the Black Cats against Newcastle United.

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The striker’s stunning volley separated the Tyne-Wear rivals when they met at the Stadium of Light on April 5.

It ensured Sunderland recorded a fifth consecutive derby win for the first time in the club’s history - and resulted in our commemorative ‘Jermain De-Five’ front page the following day.

And, just like her son, it certainly proved a winner for Sandra, who liked it so much she asked for a copy of the paper.

On Saturday, she was presented with a framed copy by Echo managing director Stephen Plews and editorial director Joy Yates, before the goalless draw with Leicester City at the Stadium of Light.

Sandra said: “I’m very proud of Jermain and this was a proud moment for him.

“This a great memento from this proud moment and I’m very touched at the thought and effort the Echo has made to present me with this.”

Echo editorial director Joy Yates added: “That goal will live long in the memories of every Sunderland fan and I’m sure every Newcastle fan.

“We heard that Jermain’s mum had seen our front page recording that fantastic result and had asked if she could get a copy to keep. So we were more than happy to do this.

“Obviously we hope we have many more proud Premier League moments to come and the lads can secure their place in the top flight. So get behind the boys tonight #HawayTheLads.”

After the derby win, Defoe admitted the goal was one of his most memorable.

He said: “It’s one of my best. Even a tap-in would be massive in a game like this.”