A performer is aiming to sprinkle magic on his favourite football team as he spreads the word of South Shields FC across the globe.
Dain Cordean, 46, of Birchington Avenue, South Shields, travels the world as a comedy magician, mainly performing on cruise ships.
At the start of 2016, he decided he would take a South Shields scarf with him everywhere he went – getting a picture taken with it at some of the world’s major landmarks.
So far, he has been pictured with the Mariners scarf outside the White House, in Washington DC, America, near to the Statue of Liberty, in New York City, and various other places, including Barbados, Baltimore, Antigua and the Seychelles.
Dain, who is originally from Hertfordshire but moved with wife Sophie to her hometown in 2011, aims to spread the word of South Shields FC far and wide after becoming “hooked”, thanks to fellow Mariners fan David Whitfield, his father-in-law.
He said: “My father-in-law is a staunch football fan, so I started going to games with him.
I’m trying to spread the name of not just the club, but the town as wellDain Cordean
“The dynamic of South Shields Football Club is brilliant, and I quickly became hooked, like everyone does.
“David gave me the scarf and said, ‘Why don’t you take that to Norway?’, which is where I was going next.
“In the end, I started having pictures taken with it wherever I went, and it has been to nearly all of the seven seas now.
“Everywhere I go for the rest of the year, I’m going to have my picture taken with the scarf.”
The Mariners won the Northern League Division Two title last season, and Dain says that everywhere he goes, he gleefully takes the chance to share their success.
Dain, who has been a professional performer for 27 years, added: “I just want to get the name out there. Everyone asks about the Mariners.
“The guards outside the White House were asking me about South Shields, as did three cops I met in New York. They gave me a New York Police Department badge to take home with me.
“I take great pride in telling people what the club is and how well they have done this season, winning the league.
“I’m trying to spread the name of not just the club, but the town as well.
“A lot of my friends from down south fall in love with the place when they visit us. I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else now.”
Dain met wife Sophie while they were both working on a cruise ship, and they now have two daughters – Taylor, 3, and Madison, 1.
He now mainly works on the Fred Olsen cruise lines, with his latest trip to start on Saturday.
When home, he makes every effort to attend as many Shields games as possible – but the performer insists they get on just fine without his magic intervention.
He said: “I would say that, but they seem to win just fine without me there as well!
“They’re such a dynamic team who never give up.
“When I went for the first time, it was just out of interest, because I wasn’t really a big football fan.
“Very quickly, though, I became hooked, and I always make sure that if there’s a game on when I’m home, I get along to it.”