Sunderland fans make it into latest edition of Who’s Who

Kevin Maguire
Kevin Maguire
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THREE Sunderland football fans are among the thousand new names in the latest edition of Who’s Who.

In his Who’s Who entry, London solicitor Iain Miller, 50, husband of Culture Secretary Maria Miller, lists his recreations as: “Children, wife, Sunderland AFC and managing the stress caused by each of them.”

Two other Black Cats fans also make their debut in 2014’s Who’s Who.

Sunderland-born professor Alan Irwin, 58, dean of research at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, lists his recreations as: “Music, literature, running, Sunderland FC, good company, fresh air.”

South Shields-born Kevin Maguire, 53, associate editor of the Daily Mirror and frequent press reviewer, also makes the pages of the famous red book.

The three newcomers join 13 other Black Cats fans already in Who’s Who – Steve Cram, former Black Cats chairman Sir Bob Murray, the Rev Graham Carter, Neil Clark, Peter Derrick, Geoffrey Laver, Sir Neil McKay, Jeffrey Ord, Neil Scales, Gerry Steinberg, Andrea Sutcliffe, Roy Swanston and John Taylor.

Inclusion in Who’s Who – a reference book containing potted biographies of 33,000 of the best-known people in the UK – is by invitation only, so this is an accolade for all the newcomers.

Everyone in Who’s Who – with the possible exception of the fugitive Lord Lucan, who remains in the book, even though he vanished in November 1974 – is invited to compile his or her own entry, so what is written about them can be as long or as short as those included wish.

The Black Cats fans and all the others will now remain in Who’s Who until they die, when they will be automatically transferred to its sister publication, Who Was Who.

Next year’s edition of Who’s Who was published on Monday by Bloomsbury and costs £250.