Founder of therokerend.com web site, Gary joined Sunderland from Cardiff City in the summer of 1984 and went on to become club captain and a true legend at Roker Park in the 11 years or so that followed, making 444 appearances and scoring 26 goals. Although he was born in Manchester, Gary has made Sunderland his home and is passionate about the club, its supporters and its history. These days he spends his time coaching youngsters around the region and also provides expert analysis on Radio Newcastle’s live commentary of Sunderland games home and away. Also, for many years now, Gary has been leading figure in the campaign to ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.
Sunderland AFC historian and Editor of therokerend.com, Brian was born in Castletown and has been a die-hard supporter of the club since the mid 1950’s. For many years now he has contributed to numerous SAFC-related publications included the official matchday programme and was also co-editor of the award-winning fans’ magazine, ‘The Wearside Roar’. Brian has worked closely with the Sunderland Former Players Association since its formation and was delighted to be elected as an honorary member in 2009.
Brought up in Herrington (New Pit), Winston joined ‘The Lads’ from Wolves, turning professional during the 1958-59 season. He played full back but didn’t manage to get into the first team and was released at the end of the 1959-60 season and went on to pursue a career outside of football. Winston was delighted to be asked to join the Former Players Association and honoured to become Secretary some 6 years ago. He says: ‘What a great set of lads - they were when they were playing and they still are today!’
Sunderland-born graphic designer with over 30 years experience in creating technical and promotional literature. Keen golfer. Has been responsible for designing and managing therokerend.com website since 2009.
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