A schoolboy’s well-timed photograph which captured the exact moment the Stadium of Light was plunged into darkness has become an internet sensation.
Eleven-year-old Harry Bailey was at Saturday’s Sunderland game with Hull City with dad and fellow season ticket holder Stuart, 35.
Keen blogger Harry had his camera out at the time the ground suffered a power cut, with lights around the 48,000-capacity failing.
Harry, a pupil at St Leonard’s School in Silksworth, was using the panoramic picture mode at the time and the unique snap has caught half of the stadium in light, and half in darkness.
The referee called a halt to the match, with power eventually returning several minutes later.
Following the game, which Sunderland won 3-0 thanks to a Jermain Defoe goal and a Victor Anichebe brace, Stuart then posted the picture on Twitter, where it has been shared over 1,000 times.
Stuart, a team manager at npower in Rainton Bridge, Houghton, said: “The last few days have just been mad since I posted the picture.
“Harry might only be 11 but he’s already into blogs and things.
“He’s always got his camera out at the matches to take pictures.
“It’s really lucky that he’s managed to capture the lights going out like he has.”
As well as being retweeted almost 1,000 times, the picture has also been ‘liked’ more than 2,000 times.
“It’s funny but the lights going out seemed to spur the fans on a bit,” said Stuart, of Ryhope.
“The atmosphere was certainly given a boost anyway.
“But since the weekend I’ve had loads of people asking if they can use the picture.
“It’s everywhere now and Harry’s really pleased about it.”
David Moyes’ side remain in the Premier League relegation places following the win.
They travel to Anfield to face Liverpool this Saturday.