The club’s matchday programme, The Mariner, has included a new feature in the most recent two editions.
‘On The Spot’ sees an individual at the club – whether they’re a player, staff member or volunteer – asked about a host of things, ranging from the highlights of their time in football to favourite things in their life.
First in the hotseat was kitman George McLaughlin.
Here were his answers – keep an eye out for future installments of this feature in upcoming programmes!
George McLaughlin – On The Spot
First joined SSFC: 2013
First club played for: Sunderland Hospitals
Most enjoyable thing about your role: Watching the lads win!
Least enjoyable thing about your role: Getting the blame for everything!
Tell us something we don’t know about you: I was in the Merchant Navy between 1969 and 1973.
Favourite food: Fish and chips
Favourite holiday destination: Whitby
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be and why? I actually did attend it! It was the Melbourne Cup while I was in the Merchant Navy. I was asked to walk around the racecourse before the event carrying a banner with the word ‘Malta’ on it, alongside some lads carrying the Maltese flag. It was quite fitting, as one of the patron saints of Malta is St George!
Favourite band: The Beatles
Most embarrassing moment: Falling over doing the Dizzy Penalties challenge (below) last season!
Most memorable moment at SSFC: Winning the league last season.
Who’s the funniest person in the dressing room? Wayne Phillips is a scream. He’s always the life and soul of the dressing room.
If you could go for dinner with three people, alive or dead, who would they be? My partner Ann, Ringo Starr and Nelson Mandela. That would be an interesting evening! I’d have loved to have met Ringo and Nelson.
Nickname: Kitman and general dogsbody.
One word to describe you? Does happy-go-lucky count as one word?