DISGRUNTLED Sunderland fan Kevin Dixon is set to give the boot to his personalised number plate dedicated to former idol Darren Bent.
He paid £3,000 to have the plate B8ENT put on his car after he met the player when he paid a visit to Caterpillar in Peterlee, where he works.
But after the striker’s controversial £24m transfer to Aston Villa last month, the life-long Black Cats supporter has decided to put it on the market.
Sheet metal worker Kevin, 47, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news about his transfer. I was devastated. I only bought the plate about six months ago.
“It still looks great on the car, but I’ve been getting so much stick at work. I have to get rid of it.”
Kevin even arranged to have the plate switched from his old Ford Focus to his new Audi A4.
“It looks tremendous, but I do get some dodgy looks off some people when I’m driving around,” he said. “I’ve advertised it in Birmingham so, hopefully, as long as he keeps scoring for his new club, I’ll get shot of it.”
The dad-of-two, from the Tunstall area of Sunderland, added: “He came into the factory not long after he’d signed.
“England were pushing to host the World Cup and he came along to drum up support. He was a lovely bloke, the nicest fella you’ve ever met, really friendly.
“I don’t hold any grudges against him. I know a lot of the fans have turned on him and I’m upset that they let him go, but the more goals he put away, the easier it will be for me to sell the plate.”