A NEWCASTLE United superfan ditched the standard swimsuit and tie on his massive day to get married in a soccer shirt and denims as a substitute.
William ‘Billy’ Richardson wed accomplice Kim two weeks in the past at Durham Registry Workplace within the metropolis of Durham, simply half-hour’ drive from his beloved crew’s house floor of St James’ Park.
Nevertheless, the 61-year-old and his spouse, 55, determined that, having each been married earlier than and never wanting any fuss, they’d go for a special costume code at their ceremony.
In true Geordie vogue, Billy donned his Magpies shirt and a pair of denims to take the vows – while watched on by Manchester United and Sunderland followers in related get-up.
One snap reveals Billy and Kim leaving the registry workplace with Billy sporting his model new 2023/24 season Newcastle United shirt.
Sporting the aspect’s conventional black and white stripes, Billy has tucked the £70 shirt into his blue denims, and wears a easy pair of black trainers to finish his marriage ceremony day outfit.
In the meantime, Kim continues Newcastle’s color scheme, carrying a black and white floral-patterned costume while additionally holding a bouquet of flowers.
Billy proudly shared the picture to social media a day later, saying: “Obtained married 14/08/23 – no fits allowed – in a Newcastle high and denims, solely approach to get married, [Haway the lads].”
The snap has since acquired over 440 likes and dozens of feedback from fellow Toon followers, while additionally racking up an extra 8,000 likes and being shared elsewhere.
One member wrote: “Aw congratulations to you each, I all the time stated if I used to be to get married (can’t even get a fella) it was going to be at St James’ Park.”
One other commented: “Ah you tucked it in although.”
A 3rd stated: “Heroes don’t put on capes.”
One other added : “Sensible, I hate having to put on a swimsuit and a collar and tie, that’s for court docket appearances solely.”
A fifth joked: “Was Mike Ashley the marriage planner?”
Talking in the present day Billy’s spouse Kim stated: “We’ve each been married earlier than, and we didn’t need the pomp and fuss of a giant do.
“Billy and I simply wished to do issues in a approach we might each be comfy, particularly with our well being points.
“We agreed no fits or massive marriage ceremony attire, so it turned the theme of soccer shirts and denims, and the ladies might both put on the identical or costume up.
“We had two Manchester United supporters, and a Sunderland supporter as a part of our household friends, after which it turned out that the girl conducting the marriage was additionally a Sunderland supporter – it was nice.
“Now we have been by means of the mill however come by means of all of it, and on 13 August 2023 we had been collectively 15 years.
“Billy was considered one of my common prospects on the native Co-op, he used to name me pet, and I assumed he was cute, then I plucked up the braveness and gave him my cellphone quantity and two weeks later we obtained collectively.
“It turned out that our youngest sons already knew one another, and had gamer’s nights at one another’s homes, so we already knew one another’s children earlier than we met.
“Once we obtained the boys collectively to inform them we had been an merchandise, they checked out one another and laughed.
“Billy and I each have arthritis, and might now not work, and we got here right into a bit of cash final yr, so we determined to get married. We then went on honeymoon to Scarborough for just a few days.”
Kim continued: “The ceremony itself was excellent and Ann (the registrar) made it football-themed, then I informed Billy she was a Sunderland supporter after signing the register so all of us had amusing.
“Sadly, it was raining onerous in the course of the day so we didn’t get any group photographs exterior however we went again to our native pub for just a few drinks and we had been shocked with a marriage cake with our image on it. It was the right day.
“Billy is an enormous [Newcastle] fan, he used to have two season tickets and went to each house recreation he might, however unwell well being stopped it as he’s unable to journey far any extra.
“He even stated if he couldn’t get married in his Toon high, he wasn’t getting married.
“It was his day too and I really like the Toon virtually as a lot as him, which is why I had a black and white costume, and in the course of the signing of the register the music we selected to play was Native Hero.
“Like I say, it was Billy’s day too so we deliberate all of it collectively and we cherished each minute of all of it.
“We had no concept till a good friend commented on our picture that it had gone viral, I requested him what it meant, and he informed us concerning the put up and we had been each amazed and excited.
“It had been seen 1.3 million occasions. we had been shocked, in any case it was simply our little marriage ceremony.”