Long-time Sunderland supporter Bill Seely from Stakeford is the victim for this member profile.
Bill tells me he has supported Sunderland for 53 years and the first game he went to see as a youngster of only eight years was against Bristol Rovers at Roker Park in season 1961-62. “We won by a massive 6 goals to 1”. “I can’t remember the goal scorers but I do remember that Rovers went on to be relegated into division 3 that season”.
Although Bill isn’t a season card holder he goes to as many matches as he can and always travels on the Ellington Branch Bus. He also goes to the Wearmouth Cricket Club for a pre match pint or two.
When asked about his favourite current player was his response was swift “John O’Shea because he is cool under pressure”. His worst ever player was Kevin Kilbane who he said always failed to deliver. His favourite past manager was Alan Durban because of his attack minded play but added “it’s a pity he wasn’t given much money to spend”. His selection for worst manager will surprise no one, “Howard Wilkinson” enough said.
Bill puts the best game he has watched down as the Play off Final at Wembley Stadium versus Charlton Athletic on 25th May 1998. He also adds “this sums up all of SAFC’s history in one game, so many highs and lows.
Best goal,” now let me think” he said,” ah yes, Kevin Philips v Chelsea in our first season in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light.
His worst memory of watching SAFC is getting beat off Gillingham in the play offs in 1987 and being condemned to the old Third Division for the first time in our history.
The ground which he puts down as his favourite visited is Craven Cottage because it is situated in the middle of rows and rows of terraced houses that are worth millions.