A FOOTBALL-MAD Sunderland fan lived out a life-long dream of playing on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium alongside legends of the game.
Houghton lad John Watson took part in the One More Game match, held at the home of English football, after winning a competition through organisers Vauxhall.
The match saw former England striker Ian Wright play against a side captained by Sky Sports Soccer AM presenter Tubes.
John found himself on “Team Tubes” after sealing a place in the game by retweeting a tweet from the official Vauxhall twitter account.
A host of former professionals, including ex-Arsenal stars Ray Parlour and Martin Keown, Leon McKenzie, Michael Duberry as well as rapper Wretch 32 and actor Ralf Little, all laced up their boots for the kickabout.
Managed by former England and Watford boss Graham Taylor, it was Wright’s team that went onto claim victory in the exciting match, with the game finishing, 3-2.
It was an unforgettable experience which we’ll be able to relive by telling grandkids, work colleagues and family for years to comeSunderland fan John Watson who took part in a game at Wembley Stadium
Sunderland season ticket holder John, 30, who climbed the famous Wembley steps to collect his runners-up medal after the full-time whistle, told the Echo: “The celebs and ex-pros were excellent banter throughout, talking about old stories of years gone by and encouraging the normal man off the street to enjoy the experience, and “make a name” for themselves.
“There will be professional players who will never play at Wembley, but in years to come a selection of us will remember that we were lucky enough to play on the hallowed turf.
“It was an unforgettable experience which we’ll be able to relive by telling grandkids, work colleagues and family for years to come.”
Team Wright led 2-0, thanks to goals from former footballer-turned-boxer Mckenzie and John Healy.
Simon Dolman and Joe Ellison hit back in the second half for Team Tubes, before Ian Wright crowned the perfect day by striking the winner.
Match winner Ian said: “Most of the players would never have got the opportunity to play at Wembley, so it’s something they can cherish for the rest of their lives.
“It was incredible to score again at Wembley and finish the day with the cup.”
Cheryl Stibbs, Vauxhall’s sponsorship marketing manager, said: “The One More Game match has given supporters the opportunity to fulfil every football fans’ dream in playing on the Wembley pitch, which has created so many memories throughout the years.
“Everyone seemed to relish playing in the match, not to mention being led by two brilliant captains and playing alongside our guest players.”