Roker Park stalwart David Gallant has reached the notable club milestone of 50 years membership.
Chairman for the last 33 years, Gallant has been club champion six times and veterans’ champion for the last four years.
His best campaign was 2013, when he won 11 of the 12 club competitions on offer.
In 1983, Gallant was awarded honorary life membership of Roker Park, an achievement topped by winning the prestigious Town Tournament in the same year.
Three years later, in 1986, he became Sunderland and District president.
An extraordinary general meeting of the Sunderland & District Association takes place at Houghton Dairy Lane tomorrow (10am).