'There's only one Bradley Lowery': Sunderland and Bury players and fans in emotional tribute to 'little superhero'

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Sunderland football stars and fans paid an emotional tribute to Bradley Lowery just hours after his death with a minute’s applause before a game against Bury.

The club’s six-year-old mascot died on Friday afternoon following a long battle with childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

In a touching display both sides lined up before the friendly game to pay tribute to the youngster who formed a close friendship with striker Jermain Defoe.

Sunderland’s squad donned black armbands in memory of the superfan.


Jermain Defoe visited Bradley Lowery in the days before his death (Facebook)

Fans burst into chants of ‘there’s only one Bradley Lowery’ before Sunderland’s 3 – 2 victory over the Greater Manchester side.

A second round of applause erupted six minutes into the game to mark Bradley’s age.

Earlier, a statement by the club said Defoe was “heartbroken” over the news of his “best friend’s” death.


Bradley with mum Gemma (PA)

It read: “Bradley captured the hearts and minds of everyone at our club with his indomitable spirit, tremendous courage and beautiful smile, which could light up even the darkest of rooms.

“Despite battling neuroblastoma for much of his all too short life, he demonstrated a bravery and fortitude beyond his years that humbled us all.

“He was truly an inspiration.


Football star Jermain Defoe with Bradley Lowery. (PA)

“His heart-warming friendship with players and staff alike epitomised the impact this wonderful little boy had on everyone he met.

“He had a special relationship with Jermain Defoe and their feelings for each other were evident for all to see.

“Jermain, naturally, is heartbroken.

“Bradley’s story not only touched our club and our fans, but also the wider football community. 

“Football can be a powerful force for good and our sport came together to embrace Bradley’s fight in a unique way.”

Stars including Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and goalkeeper Jordon Pickford paid tribute to the youngster.

All proceeds from the game at Bury’s homeground were donated to charity Bradley’s fight.

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