‘Magic’ Sunderland fan’s Newcastle shirt prank

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AN ASPIRING magician and Black Cats fan performed his best trick yet when he appeared to kiss the badge of his team’s biggest rivals.

Friends dared Richard Parker to kiss the Newcastle United crest during a fund-raising trek along the Great Wall of China.

After saying he’d do anything for charity, the 43-year-old, of Easington Colliery, reluctantly agreed.

When he posed for a picture of himself online, pals were stunned to see him “kiss” the crest on an NUFC shirt, and Geordie rivals even set up a Just Giving charity page for the stunt.

Little did they know that Richard had cut an SAFC badge out and sewn it on to the top.

Richard and brother Nick, 36, of Easington Colliery, were trekking 100 miles along the Great Wall of China to raise cash for Macmillan, in memory of their mum, Gillian, who died aged 44 from breast cancer, 30 years ago. They raised more than £12,000 from their efforts.

Passionate SAFC fan, Richard, said: “I always said I’d do anything to raise money during our fund-raising events over the last year, but when one of my Geordie friends challenged me to kiss the Magpies crest on the Wall, I had to draw the line. To be fair, I did put the thing on my back, which was bad enough, and enough to warrant the donations, which are all for a fantastic cause.

“But I’m sure my United-supporting friends will understand that I couldn’t possibly have gone through with it, and agree that it’s definitely my best trick yet.”

The Parkers launched One In A Gillian – a one-year series of fundraising – in April.

To donate, go to www.oneinagillian.org.