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Sunderland manager speaks of 'fantastic little hero' Bradley Lowery

The Sunderland manager, Simon Grayson, has paid tribute to Bradley Lowery - ahead of tonight's League Cup match at Everton.

Both clubs will wear logos promoting the Bradley Lowery Foundation instead of their usual shirt sponsors, to promote the charity set up in memory of the 6-year-old from Blackhall, County Durham.

Simon Grayson. Credit: ITV News

"Bradley was such a fantastic little hero for everybody, not just locally, nationally as well. What Everton has done is of immense credit to that football club, and ultimately what this football club has done as well. It is a fantastic gesture by both clubs and there is a lot of positivity about it.

"Everybody, in football and out of football, will have heard Bradley Lowery's name, and will have seen the difficulties that little boy had. What his family has been through. How hard he fought. He was a national hero to everybody."

– Simon Grayson, manager, Sunderland AFC

Sunderland’s red and white striped shirts will sport the logo of the newly-formed foundation, with the club’s principal sponsor Dafabet donating the prime space in order to support the charity.

The one-off shirts will then be signed by the players after the game and auctioned by the charity to raise funds.

Lee Cattermole, John O'Shea and Duncan Watmore sporting the new shirt logo. Credit: Sunderland AFC

Bradley formed a close bond with Everton FC, and that club has also been a supporter of the Lowery family.

Bradley Lowery thanked Everton fans after he appeared as mascot. Credit: PA

Bradley led out the Everton team at their game with Manchester City in January.

The club also pledge £200,000 towards Bradley's treatment for neuroblastoma - a disease which took the little boy's life in July.

Everton shirt with the Foundation logo. Credit: Everton FC

After Bradley’s death, his family set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

The charity will offer grants and other forms of support to families going through similar situations.

Tonight's match, at Goodison Park, will kick off 7.45pm.