Sunderland DJ finds new home for match-day sessions

Phil Monk as Wee Phillie celebrating his transfer to Passion with general manager Mark Hepton.
Phil Monk as Wee Phillie celebrating his transfer to Passion with general manager Mark Hepton.
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ONE of Sunderland’s best-known football faces has arranged a transfer ahead of the new season.

DJ Wee Phillie has been the first name on the team sheet at Brogan’s in the city centre each match day for years.

But when the Crowtree Road venue closed unexpectedly earlier this month, Phillie – real name Phil Monk – had planned to hang up his distinctive cut-off red and white jumpsuit, at least for a while.

Die-hard Black Cats fan Phil, 49, was looking forward to having a season of joining his mates in the stands at the Stadium of Light.

But when he found various city centre venues lining up to try to tempt him into a move, he decided the chance was too good to turn down.

“I had planned to take a season out and just enjoy going to the match, but when the phone was ringing off the hook, I did feel flattered,” he said.

“It was nice for that to have happened – a lot of people were asking ‘Where are you going to go?’”

Phil spoke to a number of potential locations and has now agreed to bring his pre-match shows to Passion in Holmeside when the 2013/14 season kicks off.

“I made the decision to go ahead and it is going to be bigger and better than ever.”

Phil said he had been as surprised as anyone by the announcement that the shutters were coming down at Brogan’s and nightclub Privilege.

“I did the Stoke game as usual,” he said.

“It was on the Bank Holiday Monday, it was a night game, and then I got a phone call the following day. I did not know anything about it before that.

“I knew there was a compulsory purchase order on the building for the new St Mary’s Way development, but I had no idea about the closure, it just came completely out of the blue.

“It was a total shock, really.”