RELEGATION BLUES?

Celebrate the end of the season!

Last day of the season, The Lads play Wolves at the SOL, by which time we will know for sure if we are up or down.

Branch Member Simon Hobson’s band Pawnshop Roxxx (aka PSR) is playing a gig in Roker later that afternoon.

When : Sunday 6th May, 5pm. to 7pm.

Where: Grannie Annie’s, Roker (formerly the Smugglers)

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend so this is a perfect way for anyone staying over to let off steam after a truly crappy season.

Regular WDS contributor and resident bard IAN MOLE has written a book.’Tiddle-ee-Aye-Go! Tales from the Heart of Sunderland in the Sixties’ contains 47 short stories about growing up in Sunderland in the early Sixties.

It costs £12.50 inc, post and packaging, available on eBAY, or at at Sunderland Antiquarians shop at 6 Douro Terrace and the A Love Supreme shop opposite the SoL.

Further information can be find via the link below:

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George Forster Award

The London Branch is delighted to add its congratulations to George Forster whose service to supporters has been recognised by the Football League in its SMG Insight Awards.  George has been named as Supporter of the Year for the SkyBet Championship and goes forward for the overall Award which will be announced on Sunday 15th April.

Our Branch was one of the first exiled group of fans to become affiliated to the parent Supporters’ Association and many of our members will have come to know George whenever calling in at the Association’s offices, first in Roker Park, then later in Roker Baths Road and now in Monk Street at the Wheat Sheaf.  George was there at the start in 1965 and is still there now, aged 91, attending the office 5 days a week and on match days,  taking bookings for away travel, selling programmes and memorabilia and answering endless queries from supporters spread far and wide.

A worthy award to a delightful and dedicated man whose totally volunteer service is the both the foundation and durability of the Association’s success.

Sunderland AFC chief executive, Martin Bain, has commented : “George is a real part of the fabric of this football club and this recognition is richly deserved.

“He has given so much, and continues to do so to this day. He is loved by everyone he comes into contact with and to see one of the game’s unsung heroes honoured in this way is fantastic.

“We all hope George takes the overall EFL Supporter of Year prize this weekend, but he is already a winner in the minds of Sunderland fans everywhere. This football club is truly lucky to have him.” 

Footnote: Sadly George lost out in the National Award to Mustafa El-Bayati of Northampton Town who was rewarded for his unwavering support of, and fantastic engagement with, the club.  He’s still “our” Champion though.

 

Fulham Away Tickets

Fulham v. Sunderland
 
Friday 27th April; kick-off 7.45 p.m.
(Note this change from the originally scheduled Sat. 28th 3.00 p.m. kick-off)
Tickets for this game will go on sale as follows :

Season card holders with 35 or more Black Cat Points may apply for tickets from 9.00 am on Wednesday 11th April until 4.30 pm on Friday 13th April.

Season card holders with 15 or more Black Cat Points may apply for tickets from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm on Monday 15th April.
 
Season card holders with 5 or more Black Cat Points may apply for tickets from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm on Tuesday 16th April.
 
All Season card holders may apply from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm on Wednesday 17th April.

Subject to any tickets remaining, a General Sale will commence at 9.00 am on Thursday 19th April.

Tickets are priced at : Adults £35 ;  Over 65s and 18-21s £30 ; Under 18s £5

Please note that any matchday sales will increase by £5 for each category.
Applications for tickets can be made by using the online system at www.websales.safc.com or by contacting the club on 0191-551 5004. 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’.
 

Reading Away Tickets

Reading v. Sunderland
 
Saturday 14th April; kick-off 3.00 p.m.
Tickets for this game are now on sale as follows :

Season card holders with 10 or more Black Cat Points may apply for tickets from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm on Wednesday 28th March.

All Season card holders may apply from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm on Thursday 29th March.

Subject to any tickets remaining, a General Sale will commence at 9.00 am on Tuesday 3rd April.

Tickets are priced at : Adults £20 ;  Over 65s £13 ; Under 25s £10 ; Under 18s £5

Applications for tickets can be made by using the online system at www.websales.safc.com or by contacting the club on 0191-551 5004. 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’.
 

Leeds United Tickets

Leeds United v. Sunderland
 
Saturday 7th April; kick-off 3.00 p.m.
Tickets for this game are now on sale as follows :

Season card holders with 32 or more Black Cat Points may apply for tickets from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm on Thursday 22nd March.

Season card holders with 20 or more Black Cat Points may apply for tickets from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm. on Friday 23rd March.

Season card holders with 10 or more Black Cat Points may apply for tickets from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm. on Monday 26th March.

All Season card holders may apply from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm on Tuesday 27th March.

Subject to any tickets remaining, a General Sale will commence at 9.00 am on Wednesday 28th March.

Tickets are priced at : Adults £37 ;  Over 60s & Under 23s £25 ; Under 16s £16 ; Under 11s £8

Applications for tickets can be made by using the online system at www.websales.safc.com or by contacting the club on 0191-551 5004. 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’.