Tony Gillan: New play on Sunderland’s David Corner is funny and absorbing

September 13, 2017
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I’ve seen a really good performance recently; so you will immediately realise that I’m not referring to football.

BBC journalist Jeff Brown has written a play called Cornered.

It’s even better than Look North (they can put that on the posters).

The premise of the play is the life of David Corner since March 24, 1985.

As any Sunderland supporter old enough knows, that that was the day of the Sunderland-Norwich League Cup final; when the 18 year-old Corner’s ill-fated attempt to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal-kick led directly to the only goal of the game.

At some point, every day, for 32 years now, at least one person has approached him to stridently demand: “Why didn’t you just put it out for a throw-in man Davey?”

A split-second wrong decision defined his…


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