… only in a spot of fun offered by the Sunderland Echo, which produced this mock-up image to show how the Mags’ hero might look if he were prepared to wear the SAFC shirt.
He was asked to do it for charity – Sport Relief – and refused point blank. It is not that he’s an especially tight sod who’d never dream of digging into his pockets for a good cause; in fact, he even offered to shower Adrian Chiles, presenter of BBC’s One Show, with cash.
But he drew the line at the shirt. “I would rather give you a lot of money than put that on,” he said. “My life wouldn’t be worth living if I went back to Newcastle after putting that on.”
A good response, Alan, and we’d be delighted to record at Salut! Sunderland how much you ended up giving.
But not quite as good a response as a Sunderland fan gave after starring in a film that required him to wear the black and white stripes of Newcastle United.
As recounted in our old Celebrity Supporters series, young Sean Landless shared top billing with Billy Connolly a few years ago in Gabriel and Me, playing Jimmy Spud, the son of a dysfunctional Mag (there being other, we’re assured).
At the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sean – just 14 when he got the part – revealed that having to wear a black and white top was the worst thing that had ever happened to him.
“I had to dress up in a sort of feathery dress,” he said. “But having to wear the Newcastle shirt was worse.”
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