A warm welcome to anyone arriving in one of those periodic waves of fellow fans following a link from Ready To Go’s SMB forum.
The topic is famous fans of Sunderland AFC, familiar territory for Salut! Sunderland, where I have added to the work I previously did for 5573 (then Wear Down South), the newsletter of the London and Southern England branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association.
Of course, I could add that if some of the people posting to that SMB thread had already been here, and read the abundant material on Celebrity Supporters that I have built up, they would not make the mistakes evident in, for example, this comment by “Roughy”:
I think there’s a difference between supporting us and just being born near Sunderland. I knew Dave Stewart in the early days and he never expressed an interest in football, Kate Adie was born here but has never said she’s a supporter.
Heather Mills says quite often that she was a Sunderland fan in her youth (and as people who’ve seen my act will know I’m know fan of the monoped witch!)
Mensi is and always has a been a supporter
Tamsin Archer despite coming from Bradford is a fan as her boyfriend/husband John Hughes (?) who wrote Sleeping Sattallite can often be seen at away games
The Tim Rice and Peter O’Toole stuff has been done to death I think they just “chose” us as their team but haven’t really been fans.
Explore Salut! Sunderland and you will discover/confirm that:
* Dave Stewart’s support is indeed in serious doubt
* Kate Adie HAS said she’s a supporter, not least in three separate interviews with me (one for ALS years ago, one for Wear Down South and one update for Salut! Sunderland which, unforgivably, I have not yet got around to posting.
* Tasmin Archer, my most recent subject (in fact the only completely new Celebrity Sypporter interview since the launch of this site) regularly attends games, too. She’s a season ticket holder.
* Heather Mills, and the girl from the New Seekers, are among those I have yet to approach. A long description of others who may or may not be SAFC fans – and as full an account of the Peter O’Toole connection as you’ll ever find – can be seen here.
Any other suggestions – the Tasmin Archer interview happened as a direct result of a reader’s prompt – will be gratefully received and, if possible, acted upon.
And to those Ready To Go regulars again – thanks for the visit; I would already have posted something at SMB, but have just registered (I am sure I have been a member in the past, but have no recollection of my old user name/password) and am not yet allowed to add comments.