Helen joined the branch in 2007 when she moved from New York to London. Before that, she was a member of the Alec Hall Branch in Scotland, so is no stranger to supporting Sunderland around the globe and travelling miles to see them get beat. Helen’s first match was against Charlton in 1992 when she jumped on the Playoff Final Bandwagon and has been suffering ever since. She’s married to a Coventry fan, and doesn’t talk about Jimmy Hill in the house.
Originally from Easington Village, Ian moved to London for work in 1986. He established the branch in 1967 and acted as chair until 1984, remaining on the Committee ever since. He also currently liaises with the club on all matters relating to SAFC Ladies. Since 1975 Ian has attended national supporter organisation meetings and until 2019 was a member of the National Council of the Football Supporters’ Federation.
Ian also holds the very special accolade of having been present at Wembley to see England win the World Cup final in 1966, Sunderland win the FA Cup in 1973, Sunderland win the League One play off in 2022 and England Women win the UEFA Women's Euro Final, also in 2022.
Richie was born in East Boldon, Tyne and Wear in 1953. He moved to Seaburn in 1968, and lived there until he moved to London in 1974 after leaving college, where he has been ever since. His first match was in 1960 and his favourite match has to be the 1973 FA Cup Final, especially as one of his best friends in college was a Leeds fan.
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Andy has lived in London since 2009 after being at University in Leeds and then working in York for four years. He is originally from Cramlington in south-east Northumberland.
He started going to matches with his Dad when he was 4 years old, and his favourite SAFC memory is the 1992 FA Cup Semi-Final.
Branch Sports Secretary
Andy is originally from Durham and has lived in London since 2015. He goes to matches with his girlfriend's little brother and the boys from school. Andy's best SAFC memory is the 2-1 home win over Newcastle in October 2013 - Poyet's first home game, and won by what Andy describes as a "Borini pinger".
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Sam moved to London in 2016, and is originally from Brighton (via Durham).
Branch Committee Member
Bernie is originally from Leeds and SAFC are actually his second team! (after LUFC of course). He has lived in London since 1983 and became interested in SAFC through friends Dennis and Norman Fairbrass, who are long-time Sunderland fans. His first SAFC match was the infamous beach ball goal game against Liverpool at the SoL back in October 2009.
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