New born baby is Sunderland’s youngest supporter

NUFC fan David Archer and SAFC fan wife Louise with their children Dylan (7) who plays for Sunderland u8's, Harry (4) and baby Henry, of Wood Terrace, Monkton Village, Jarrow.
NUFC fan David Archer and SAFC fan wife Louise with their children Dylan (7) who plays for Sunderland u8's, Harry (4) and baby Henry, of Wood Terrace, Monkton Village, Jarrow.
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MEET the youngest Black Cats fan in the world.

Henry Archer was only 35 hours old when he went to his first Sunderland AFC game on Saturday.

New signings for the Sunderland AFC Academy who were presented to the fans at half time of the match against Bolton Wanderers FC at the Stadium of Light.

New signings for the Sunderland AFC Academy who were presented to the fans at half time of the match against Bolton Wanderers FC at the Stadium of Light.

Proud parents David, 37, and Louise, 31, were determined not to miss the match as their eldest son Dylan, seven, was due to play with the Sunderland under-eights Academy side at half time.

David, a refrigeration engineer, said: “My wife was over her due date and so she was on tenterhooks. She wanted to see Dylan play at half time.”

But Louise went into labour on Thursday night and baby Henry was born at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Friday at 4.21am, weighing 9lbs 1oz.

After being told she could go home, Louise was determined to find out a way to watch her eldest son play at the Stadium of Light.

David said: “I rang the academy to see if they could accommodate Louise and Henry.”

The academy offered Louise a ticket where she could shelter from the weather in the Black Cats Bar and make her way out to watch Dylan play at half time.

David said: “I went to pick them up from the RVI on Saturday morning. We came home and had a quick change and then went straight back out to watch Dylan.”

David and middle son Harry, aged four, were in their normal seats in the crowd, while Louise and baby Henry were escorted to theirs.

“We are going to send in a letter to the Stadium to say thank you because they were so helpful and accommodating,” said David. “They could not do enough for us. It was quite a tearful day and they are memories that will live there for a long time.”

Council worker Louise was thrilled that she and her new arrival got the chance to see Dylan play at the home of the family’s beloved Black Cats.

She said: “I would never have taken a new baby to the match if it had been for the fact Dylan was playing. There was no way I was going to miss that.

“But I could not have done it if Dylan’s coach had not given us those tickets and the staff were all really helpful.”

Louise said: “Henry was nice and safe and warm and we were only outside for about 10 minutes but it was brilliant to see Dylan play.”

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