Hindhaugh Call-Up - Lucky for Black Cats?
Given the desperate position of Sunderland AFC at the foot of the
English Premiership table it's perhaps no surprise that the club
have turned to one of their most avid supporters, John Hindhaugh,
to stop the rot. Hindhaugh will be playing in goal for his beloved
SAFC on May 5, as the Black Cats fight to retain their Premiership
Well that's the dream
- but it's not entirely true. Although 'Hindy' will indeed be
keeping goal at the Stadium of Light, it will be
in a match that will benefit children's charities. It's not the
first time that the Radio Le Mans and TV commentator has appeared
on the hallowed turf. "I played centre half in a similar game
when we were in the Premier League about four years ago," explains
Hindhaugh, "I think dropping back into goal is more befitting
of my advancing years and advancing waist size."
The first match may have proved Hindhaugh's limitations as a footballer
but it raised over £5000 for diabetes research
"I'm honoured to be given the opportunity to play again at
the Stadium with some of my heroes. The last time I played there
I looked every inch the Premiership player when I arrived - I was
driving an RS4, thanks to Audi UK." According to onlookers
the similarity ended there!
Hindhaugh admits that
his 'keeping skills are a little rusty, "I
think the last time was in the end of season ALMS game three seasons
ago. I seem to remember David Brabham scored three past me, although
Tom Kristenson failed to beat me despite having a couple of one-on-ones.
As he has scored against French National 'keeper Fabian Barthez,
he's still a bit sore over that!"
Although the game is
just a bit of fun (yeah right!) the serious side is about the
charities. The proceeds from the match are split
between community football initiatives for the disabled and charities
working to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes – that is research
into the strategies for the prevention of Type 1 Diabetes and its
complications, and for projects helping to improve day to day management
of diabetes for children and young people with diabetes on a day-to-day
Hindhaugh agrees, "I
know this is not motorsport but all of these causes are
extremely worthy, I hope the game can raise a reasonable sum as
will make a big difference to a child's life."
If anyone would like to help please contact John via email at firstname.lastname@example.org