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Updated 18th February

Cup Final Special page - find out more details about a pre-Cup Final social, a chance to win a retro SAFC shirt, and share any ticket availability or pre-match pubs with other Branch members.

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LATEST TRAVEL UPDATE FROM BRANCH CHAIR  - please click here to read about the current situation re: travel to home game


  2013 AGM:  You can read Committee Member reports HERE.
TRAVEL & TICKETS 

Updated 26 January

Travel news: next travel 

 
HULL & SAINTS: Our success in achieving yet another home draw in the FA Cup 5th Round has allowed us to agree a change to the previously announced plan to run a trip on Grand Central for the league game against Hull City on 8th February.
The good news is that the fare for that game will now be only £40 and a refund will be arranged for those who have booked.
This allows us to transfer the subsidy set aside from Branch funds to the following week-end and also run group travel for the 5th Round game against Southampton - subject of course it not being moved by TV to an unsuitable kick-off time.
The fare for this trip will, as originally announced for the Hull game be £50. The deadline for booking will be 4th February.

Ticket News:

Capital One Cup Final - March 2nd 
After our breathtaking antics at Old Trafford, and the reality of now planning an away day at Wembley (I can't believe I'm saying that!), the club have now announced details of ticket allocation for the Final.
We have been informed that the Branch will be able to apply for tickets, on behalf of current season card holders only, prior to the official on sale date, and irrespective of the number of loyalty points. 
If you therefore wish the branch to apply for a ticket on your behalf rather than doing so independently, please email the following information to travel@weardownsouth.com before 30th January
- Your name and season card membership number
- The price band you prefer
- Any concession if applicable.
We would only request payment once tickets have been received and allocated
We have also been informed that, in the possible but unlikely event of any tickets remaining after the two stage allocation process, there may be the possibility for season ticket holders with certain number of loyalty points to purchase extra tickets.
We will issue a further email if this is the case, and if we then manage to acquire any extra tickets. Please note that in this event, the Branch will allocate any tickets acquired to members who have a regular history of purchasing tickets through us. We're afraid we won't be able to acquire tickets outside of these rules so please don't email or phone us and ask - sorry!
 

Arsenal v. Sunderland
 
Saturday 22nd February 2014; kick-off 15.00 hours 
 
Season card holders with 23 loyalty points have until 5.00 pm on Thursday 30th January to apply. 

Season card holders with fewer than 23 loyalty points can then apply from Friday 31st January until 5.00 pm on Wednesday 5th February. 
 
General sale will commence from 9.00am Thursday 6th February - subject to availability

Prices are :
 
 
Adults : £35.50 ; Over 65s : £15.50 ; Under 16s : £10. Applications for tickets can be made by using the online system at www.safc.com/ticketing or by contacting the club on 0191-551 5161. (Visa, Mastercard, Delta and Switch cards are accepted for which a £1.10 transaction charge will be levied.) Alternatively, tickets can be obtained from the Stadium of Light ticket office, by fax on 0191 551 5150 or in writing to 'Sales, PO BOX 165, Sunderland SR5 1WF'.
  
Non season card holders wishing to apply for tickets through the Branch for this game should do so as soon as possible and no later than Monday 3rd February.  As this is effectively a home game for us demand is likely to be high and no guarantees can be offered but we’ll do our best. A cheque payable to SAFCSA (London Branch) and stamped addressed envelope should be sent to : SAFCSA Travel, 42 Norfolk Road, BUNTINGFORD, Herts. SG9 9AN.  The envelope will be used to return the match ticket/s if successful or the cheque if not. Please note electronic payment is not available for this service.  
 
Manchester City v. Sunderland
Wednesday 12th February 2014; kick-off 19.45 hours. 
Season card holders have until 5.00 pm on Wednesday 15th January to apply.
 
 
General sale will commence from 9.00am Thursday 30th January - subject to availability

Prices are : 
Adults : £42  ; Over 65s : £36 ; Under 16s  : £26  
   
Applications for tickets can be made by using the online system at www.safc.com/ticketing or by contacting the club on 0191-551 5161.  (Visa, Mastercard, Delta and Switch cards are accepted for which a £1.10 transaction charge will be levied.)  Alternatively, tickets can be obtained from the Stadium of Light ticket office, by fax on 0191 551 5150 or in writing to 'Sales, PO BOX 165, Sunderland SR5 1WF'. 
  
Non season card holders wishing to apply for tickets through the Branch for this game should do so as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday 14th January.   A  cheque payable to SAFCSA (London Branch) and stamped addressed envelope should be sent to : SAFCSA Travel, 42 Norfolk Road, BUNTINGFORD, Herts. SG9  9AN.  The envelope will be used to return the match ticket/s if successful or the cheque if not.  Please note electronic payment is not available for this service.  

Meanwhile the club has confirmed that requests for tickets for the Newcastle away game have exceeded availability and not all applicants will be successful.  Notwithstanding this will members who are hopeful of obtaining a ticket and have not yet replied to our request to indicate their travel plans please do so.  We are hopeful that special arrangements may be made for our members who wish to travel on the day but this cannot be negotiated until the level of requirement is known. 
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London Branch Travel & Information Service 

 

ON THE BOX

 Two of Sunderland’s games in March have been chosen for live TV coverage by Sky.

The away game against Liverpool, originally scheduled for Saturday 8th March, has been moved to Monday 10th March with an 8.00 p.m.kick-off.
It should be noted however that this game is subject to further change if Sunderland progress to the 6th Round of the FA Cup.
More certain though is the home game against West Ham United which has been moved to Monday 31st March with an 8.00 pm. kick-off
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London Branch Travel & Information Service

 

NEWSLETTER:

Hi All, 
  
The deadline for the next Wear Down South is:
 
                         Monday 27th January.
 
This will give you plenty of time to be getting excited about our imminent trip to Wembley (or not).  However there's lots of other stuff which has been going on since our last issue, and which I'm sure you'd like to rant about, e.g.:
  • the Bubble Trip
  • Gus and the demise of Paolo (remember him?)
  • ******* Grand Central Trains
  • the 'R' word...........will we/won't we?
The last issue's limerick challenge was 'FLETCHER' - thanks for all entries so far - but as he might not be with us in February, here's another:
                                     'ALONSO'.
 
AND - we'll have played the Mags before the next issue hits the printers, SO - although I'd like your contributions by the date above, should we actually beat the *****  there'll be an extended deadline to capture any immediate reactions to a third mighty victory in a row.
 
That's probably clear as mud to you, but send me lots of stuff anyway!
 
Thanks for all contributions so far.
(Membership footnote :  This edition of WDS will only be sent to members who have renewed for the current season.  A reminder to those who had not done so was sent on 2nd January but not everyone has yet replied)
  

  LONDON BRANCH POLL

From October to date still only 16% of you have resigned yourselves to relegation. What an optomistic/daft bunch us Sunderland fans are!!

On an equally gloomy note, we'd like to know how the current travel problems are likely to play out for you if a solution isn't forthcoming.

  

 

THE CUP FINAL SONG...

... in case you were wondering... Corrigan Brothers, the Irish Band who shot  to International Fame with their worldwide hit, "There's no one as Irish as Barack Obama" the song which saw them perrform at the President's Inauguration as well as reach over ten million you tube hits have written a Capital One Cup Final Song for Sunderland.

Corrigan Bros

 
The Song entitled  "Sunderland Wembley 2014" will be released on February 10th.
Singer and Guitarist with the band Brian Corrigan said the band were inspired to write the song after watching the Black Cats heroic performance at Old Trafford. "Sunderland were magnificent and for long periods of the game looked like they were the home team, they are well capable of Doing the Manchester Double and brating city in the Final"
Sunderland Wembley 2014
 Now Gus Poyets Heros are living the Dream
 Sunderland Wembley 2014
the Black cats are showing
their cup Pedigree
they've taken some scalps
including Chelsea
they went to old trafford
and they turned the screw
and knocked out the reds
the mighty man u
So watch the Black Cats, Living the Dream
Sunderland Wembley 2014
 Colback and Johnson
Mannone in goal
Bardsley and Brown
O'Shea, Cattermole
Borini, Alonso,
 altidore , ki
Gardner,Fletcher
goin to Wem bel EE
 Now Gus Poyets Heros are living the Dream
 Sunderland Wembley 2014
So bring on man city
on cup final day
and lets give the lads
one massive Howya
like 73
 it's all in the plan 
a wembley victory
for Sunderland
 Now Gus Poyets Heros are living the Dream
 Sunderland Wembley 2014
 Now Gus Poyets Heros are living the Dream
 Sunderland Wembley 2014
 Now Gus Poyets Heros are living the Dream
 Sunderland Wembley 2014

 

THE FEMALE BLACK CATS

As sponsors of SAFC Women, the Branch was represented at the End of Season Awards by Richie Cockton (Branch Secretary) and Jane Hughes (our woman in the North).

 SAFC women

Click HERE to read more and to see Richie's starring turn.

 

 

 





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