Sunderland fan wins Championship Supporter Award
Written by Ethan Lowerson-Marshall on 14th April 2018
A 91 year old Sunderland fan, George Forster, has been named the EFL’s Supporter of the Year for the Championship.
George a stalwart of the Sunderland community at 91 years of age and is the chair of the Sunderland Supporters Association, which he joined just a few months after its association in 1965.
He watched his first game in the 1930s with his father at Roker Park, and was nominated for the award by the club for his selfless service over the years.
Having been named as the Championship’s top fan, he will go up against the winners from Leagues One and Two for the overall prize of EFL Fan of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony in London this Sunday.
Sunderland AFC chief executive, Martin Bain, said: “George is a real part of the fabric of this football club and this recognition is richly deserved.
“He has given so much, and continues to do so to this day. He is loved by everyone he comes into contact with and to see one of the game’s unsung heroes honoured in this way is fantastic.
“We all hope George takes the overall EFL Supporter of Year prize this weekend, but he is already a winner in the minds of Sunderland fans everywhere. This football club is truly lucky to have him.”
Through the Supporters’ Association, George has dedicated over half a century to the club and its fans. Today he can still regularly be found in the Association’s official shop, located a stone’s throw from the Stadium of Light.
In 2013, George received the Barclays Unsung Hero Award and was given a free season card for the rest of his life by the club in 2016-17 as recognition of his unstinting support and in celebration of his 90th birthday.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are travelling to Reading in the Championship today as they look for a glimmer of hope in the battle to avoid relegation.