A cancer patient had a day to remember when she met her football heroes.
Blackburn Rovers’ supporter Yvonne McGaw met new manager Steve Kean and her favourite player David Dunn when the team visited Sunderland.
Originally from Clayton-le-Moors, the 52-year-old moved to the north east 16 years ago.
It was her first match in nine months due to her cancer diagnosis.
Yvonne said: "I really had no idea what was going to happen, but a work colleague, Neil Robson, said he was going to pick me up and take me to watch Rovers at the Stadium of Light as he knew they were my favourite club.
"It was all arranged through Paul Agnew at the club’s Press Office and it was wonderful for me to meet Steve and Dunny.
"I used to work with Dunny’s grandad at Brooke Bond Oxo in Great Harwood and David’s very much my favourite current player. He is a local hero."
Former Hollins High School pupil Yvonne bought her first season ticket in the early 1980s and attended games with her sister Carol, who is still a season ticket holder in the Blackburn End and lives in Oswaldtwistle.
But Rovers took a back seat for Yvonne in the mid-1990s when she went on holiday to Greece – and met her future husband Peter, a Newcastle fan.
Yvonne said: "I moved up to the north east to be with him and have lived up there ever since.
"I see Rovers whenever they are in the area and some Ewood games – usually about four or five times a season, but Carol keeps me in touch with everything that is going on."
The game at the Stadium of Light came just a few days before Yvonne returned to work as a team leader at Sainsbury’s in Team Valley, Gateshead.
Yvonne, who is now in remission following radiotherapy and chemotherapy added: "It was an absolutely lovely day and I really can’t thank Rovers enough."