When we were on our trip to Norwich away in January 1998, we were in the same Norwich hotel as Sunderland Echo reporter Ian Laws. He was interested in our story and invited us for an interview and photo session just before the Port Vale home game. This article was pubished in the Sunderland Echo three days after that game.
(edit) On the 27th of January 2012, I got some messages from Sunderland that the reporter of that item, Ian Laws had died. We'd like to thank him for what he did to us that week and made feel us very welcome. We wish all the best to his family and friends and may he rest in peace.