Eddie Iz backing the bid!


Backing the Bid
Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has supported the Sunderland 2018 bid claiming the club’s facilities stand-up to the best in the world.

Funny-man Izzard was recently in the North-East as part of his 31-date UK tour and was more than keen to visit the Academy of Light in Sunderland after rediscovering football last year.

Izzard had recently completed an exceptional goal, running 43 marathons in just 51 days to raise money for Sport Relief, leading to him having an extra interest in sport and fitness.

Whilst at the Academy of Light, Izzard met with Niall Quinn and the Club’s Head of Medicine to discuss training methods in regards to his marathon runs as well as talk football.

Izzard was keen to learn about Niall’s playing past as well as talk about Sunderland’s 2018 World Cup Bid. The comedian said: “These facilities are superb, I cannot believe how much goes on behind the scenes here.

“I love visiting the north east because of the people and it would be great to see the World Cup come to England.”

Niall Quinn also commented: “I went to see Eddie perform and he was fantastic. If we get the World Cup to Sunderland he will have to come and help make it a great party!”

Eddie Izzard joins a long list of celebrities who have backed Sunderland’s 2018 Bid including Steve Cram, Paul Collingwood, Calendar Girls star Tricia Stewart, boxer Tony Jefferies as well as football teams across the region including Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington and Carlisle United.

Football fanatics, businesses and residents can still show their support for Sunderland’s 2018 Bid by logging onto

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