Ticket Sales Smashed

SAFC fans have smashed the League One attendance record of 38,256 ahead of the Boxing Day game against Bradford City. Charlie Methven said: “What a phenomenal achievement by our supporters and what a statement to the football world that Sunderland is on its way back. From the moment Stewart Donald and I came to the north east back in May, our mission was to repair the club’s fractured relationship with its supporters. They are integral to everything we do and to any success we hope to achieve, so to see them returning in such huge numbers is both humbling and heart-warming. Boxing Day is going to be a very special day for all of us at the club. After years of hurt, Sunderland fans deserve to see their legendarily loyal and passionate support rewarded with a day to remember. We will also be re-christening the home end as ‘The Roker End’ just before the match starts, which feels really appropriate given the decibel level of the Roker Roar that should greet the players when they come out of the tunnel.”

Boxing Day will also see the FanZone move to the Beacon of Light and will feature The Lake Poets, who will perform his hit single Shipyards live. Charlie Methven added: “It’s going to be a great event, bringing all elements of our SAFC family together. One of the joys of our tenure has been bringing the club and its Foundation back together again, and this joint project is yet another example of what can be achieved when everyone is on the same hymn sheet. It’s a real coup getting The Lake Poets to play live as well, given that he is riding as high in the charts as we are in League One!”