See Sunderland AFC players strut their stuff

Phil Bardsley shows how it's done at last year's fashion show.
Phil Bardsley shows how it's done at last year's fashion show.
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SEE the SAFC first team as you’ve never seen them before – for free.

On Tuesday night, players will be taking to the Black Cat-walk for an annual fashion show held in a bid to raise bumper amounts of cash for the Foundation of Light.

And we’ve teamed up with the charity to give away a pair of tickets to the prestigous event, being held at the Stadium of Light, worth £200.

Over the next three days, starting today, we’ll be printing stories on the James Bond-themed event and will be speaking to a different player about what they think about strutting their stuff.

All you have to do is collect the three names, with the final name appearing on Monday, and email them to us by noon on Tuesday.

Defender Phil Bardsley will be among the players showing off the latest fashions on stage.

He said: “Quite a few of the lads have done it before but I doubt many will admit to fancying themselves as models. Obviously football’s our main focus but when the opportunity to support the community that supports us comes up then it’s right that we get involved.”

The night of glitz and glamour helps to raise tens of thousands of pounds each year for the Foundation of Light’s local community, education and sport programmes.

Among the city businesses helping to make the show a success will be Reds Hair and Beauty.

Susan Hall, co-owner of Reds and North East Hairdresser of the Year, said: “This is the third Fashion Strikes event that we have worked on and they’re always great fun for everyone involved.

“It’s a great opportunity for our staff to show off their skills and versatility in one of the region’s premium events which of course is all in aid of a fantastic cause.”

As the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, the Foundation of Light works with more than 40,000 people every year.

The organisation uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East through programmes that can improve their lives.

Fashion Strikes is one of the charity’s highlights of the year and guests will enjoy a full evening of entertainment including a three-course meal courtesy of 3663, musical entertainment from acts including X Factor finalist Carolynne Pool and a catwalk show featuring ranges from House of Fraser.

A very limited number of tables, seating 10, are available along with individual tickets. For more information contact Kim Phillips on or Tel. 551 5365

l To win tickets to Tuesday’s Fashion Strikes event, make a note of the footballer mentioned in this story. Collect the names of the players mentioned in Saturday and Monday’s Fashion Strikes stories and email all three names to with a phone number where you can be contacted on Tuesday afternoon.

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