Date: 7th December 2016 at 7:25pm
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If you’re after an extra special Christmas present for the Sunderland fan in your life this year, why not gift them the ultimate footballing experience, the chance to play on the hallowed turf at The Stadium of Light on Monday 15th May 2017!

Sunderland have teamed up with Football Aid – – to provide fans with the unique opportunity to create their very own piece of club history by playing at The Stadium of Light, and with proceeds being donated to a nominated charity, it won’t be just your loved ones who benefit from your generosity this Xmas!

Football Aid have been organising charity games for over 15 years now and they offer the perfect present for the football daft family member – the unrivalled opportunity to experience a matchday in the same way the likes of Jordan Pickford, John O’Shea, Patrick Van Aanholt, Jermain Defoe and the rest of the squad do every other week.

As a player you’ll get the chance to pull on your very own exclusive personalised Sunderland replica shirt in the official changing rooms, experience the thrill of walking down the tunnel to the sound of the cheering crowd and step out onto the hallowed turf proudly sporting your official playing kit and represent The Black Cats in a never to be forgotten 90 minutes of football!

To add to that, the matches at The Stadium of Light have been supported by a host of fantastic legends with the likes of Niall Quinn, Gary Bennett, Kevin Ball, Marco Gabbiadini, Mickey Horswill, Craig Russell, Len Ashurst, John Kay (and many more) all lending their extra special support by playing alongside or managing the fans on their big day.

Securing your position couldn’t be easier, just visit and choose the Sunderland game and then you’ll have two Fixed Price options: Option 1: Buy Now – Book your place with a one off payment, or Option 2: Sponsored to Play – Pay a non-refundable £100 deposit for your place, then pay the remaining balance anytime before Friday 27th Jan 2017.

Sunderland fan John Mulliss took part in 2007 and told Football Aid about his experience after the game:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Football Aid staff, my fellow players and everyone else who was involved on the day. The whole experience was outstanding; from relaxing in the players lounge, to walking into the dressing room and seeing my kit hanging there. Not only was the day very special to me personally it was great for my family who saw me run out in the strip and take part in a great match, my granddad was beaming the whole time! 3-3 was a fair result as well as no one deserved to be on the losing side. Sadly my football talent is very limited but I was pleased overall, if I was feeling slightly indulgent I would claim an assist for the equaliser as I played Gary Bennett in to score.

So if you’re keen to surprise the Sunderland fan on your gift list with a cracker of a Christmas present this year, or maybe you fancy treating yourself instead, why not visit and sign up today! If you’d like any additional information, you can call Football Aid on tel: 0131 220 5999, e-mail:, post on their Facebook page: or send a tweet to @FootballAid.

Since forming in 2001 Football Aid have allowed over 17,000 football fans the chance to Live the Dream in 645 matches all over the UK, while raising over £2.3M for charity. The unique concept was the brainchild of businessman and Football Aid Founder Craig Paterson and funds raised from this year’s event will benefit the work of a charitable project nominated by Football Aid’s parent charity Field of Dreams.


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