Josh Green

Massive Lads fans: Josh Green

The Sunderland fans have been unbearable at Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) all week!

Our Black Cats supporting colleagues have been rightfully excited to see the new kits, but have a little longer to wait before the club reveals the 2020/21 designs.

Until then, the excitement will continue to build.  We have interviewed some of the Group’s biggest Lads fans to share why the red and white runs deep at GAS.

Name:  Josh Green

Role:     IT Technician

Age:      23

Earliest SAFC memory

Around the age of seven or eight I remember being at the match with my Grandad and cousins being absolutely freezing.  I can’t remember much of the matches that far back, but I do remember the bag of sweets and burger van burgers on the way to the game!

Favourite ever SAFC player

Other than his debut, Jan Kirchhoff was one of the most talented I’ve watched in person.  Once he was settled in his passing and distribution were on another level.  I wish he’d been fitter and stayed a little longer to play a bigger part.

Favourite SAFC goal

Maybe a little more obvious than my previous answer, but it has to be Jermain Defoe’s volley against Newcastle in 2015.  It was an absolute screamer.  Limbs all over.  It doesn’t take much more explaining than that.

Favourite match

Back in sixth form, the club ran a competition to win tickets for the match against Cardiff City.  I got a call from my cousin, Liam, to see if I could try to grab some tickets from Durham City Centre.  That’s where they were running the competition and I studied there so I nipped out to find Samson and Delilah “hiding” somewhere.  It turns out two giant stuffed cats in 5XL Sunderland kits aren’t that hard to find and I bagged the tickets.  The match itself was fantastic and we smashed Cardiff 4-0; a scoreline I haven’t witnessed too many times in my lifetime.  We were sat up in the Premier Concourse, but the atmosphere was electric as we climbed out of the bottom three late in the season in the great escape.

Favourite kit

I’ve always thought Nike made our best kits.  I was too young to appreciate this one at the time, but the 2000 -2002 Nike home shirt with the v-neck was smart looking back.  It makes it a bit better when the likes of Super Kev and Quinny were banging them in wearing it.

Let’s hope this season’s Nike shirt has the same effect on the team!

We’ll be featuring a few more GAS massive Lads fans over the next couple of weeks.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

Quote:

“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.

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