FORMER Sunderland boss Peter Reid was true to his word when he turned up to a Sunday morning football team’s presentation night.
The former England international was a guest of honour during an awards night for FC Easington, which plays in the Peterlee and District Sunday League.
Scores of people turned up to make it a fantastic night, which also saw £3,200 raised and split between the football team and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Reid’s appearance was the icing on the cake of a top night, which also featured music from Peterlee band The Arrival and at one point the 56-year-old, who won 13 caps for England, sat at the drums to pose for a picture with band members.
The night, held at Easington Social Welfare Centre, in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery on Friday night, also featured an auction and raffle.
This was not the first time the team had met Reid, who won the FA Cup with Everton in 1984.
The Mail reported in February that Reid ‘signed’ for FC Easington in a move that left players and supporters of the club stunned.
He was in the region after watching Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and then turned up in the Lowhills Road changing rooms to pull on an FC Easington kit, raising spirits of players and officials.
FC Easington manager and secretary Martin Dunn said it was “unbelievable” to have a former England player coming to the Peterlee and Sunday League and that he had promised at the time to do the team’s presentation at the end of the season.
Martin, 22, from Easington Village, said: “It was one of the best nights that the Welfare has ever seen.
“It was amazing – Peter Reid gave a fantastic speech, The Arrival were great and we raised more than £1,600 for the football club and the same amount for Cardiac Risk in the Young.
“We can’t thank Peter enough for his help in supporting our team and keeping to his word.”
The club has links with the CRY charity as player Chris Ber’s sister Kasia was just 17 when she died in 2005 after suffering from Long QT Syndrome, a rare heart condition that causes palpitations.