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FA Cup-winner Dave Watson is living with dementia, prompting Sunderland's Branch Liaison Council to pass on messages of support from fans.


Sunderland fans have turned out in force to write messages of support to 1973 FA Cup-winner Dave Watson, who has been diagnosed with dementia.
Centre-back Watson was a member of the legendary side which beat Leeds United to win the FA Cup at Wembley more than 47 years ago, and he later went on to play for and captain England.
He remains Sunderland's most-capped England player, representing his country 14 times while at Roker Park.
In February Watson's wife Penny revealed that the 74-year-old has been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative condition, likely brought on by head injuries and repeated heading of the ball during his playing days, making him one of an increasing number of players of his generation to suffer long-term damage.
He was inducted into Sunderland's Hall of Fame in March, and he was a guest at the home game against Gillingham the following day and was given a hero's welcome by fans when he walked onto the pitch to make the half-time draw.
In response to the news about Watson's poor health, Sunderland's Branch Liaison Council, which represents 41 official supporters' club branches, launched a social media campaign encouraging fans to write to show their support.
And members of the BLC stood outside the Stadium of Light before Sunderland's game against MK Dons on Saturday to receive fans' letters in a specially-made postbox, while emails arrived from all over the world including the USA, Dubai, and Italy.
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Another member of the 1973 side Micky Horswill is backing the BLC's campaign, and will work with them to ensure the messages are delivered to the Watsons.
Chair of the BLC Jim Gilling said: "Hearing of the recent diagnosis of Dave Watson was a very sad thing.

"Dave is a club legend and it is only right that we have come out in support of his situation.
"The BLC are proud to be able to facilitate the opportunity for our wonderful supporters to contact Dave and help in any way that we can."
Nottingham-born Watson made a £100,000 move to Sunderland from Rotherham United in 1970, joining as a centre-forward before being converted to a central defender.
Watson joined Manchester City in 1975, and in his first season he helped the club win the League Cup, defeating Newcastle United in the final.
He also played for Southampton, Stoke City, Derby County, and Notts County, and had spell with German side Werder Bremen, in Canada with Vancouver Whitecaps, and in the USA with Fort Lauderdale.
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