Sunderland AFC are back, and now, we need you to be back too

The reported crowd of Sunderland supporters inside Wembley on Saturday afternoon was 47,000, that’s around 17,000 more than our average turnout last season.

An additional 17,000 followers who found a reason to believe.

An additional 17,000 supporters who were reminded why they love this club.

In truth, we were probably more than that at the stadium, in the various corporate areas, possibly even at the Wycombe end. Demand outstripped supply, and I contend we probably could have sold the place if we’d had the chance.

Right on the Wearside, in the region’s bars, clubs and lounges, venues were packed with thousands of boys and girls dressed in red and white, those who couldn’t be there in person to cheer on the team at Wembley.

And not just across the country, but across the world, there were Sunderland fans cheering and cheering on Alex Neil’s men in front of their television screens, nervously anticipating the final whistle as if sitting through the match.

I don’t know if there is any way to know how many fans this football club actually has, but it’s safe to say that our fan base is huge.

We are a one club city and we love our team unconditionally.

My message to all those people, you may be reading this right now, is this: now that you’ve got the bug back, why don’t you come back next season and give the team your full support from the stadium?

Why not be part of the next stage of our club’s journey?

Why not be there every Saturday to show your love for the club in the same way you did on the weekend, perhaps with your friends or family by your side?

Now, I’m not ignorant: the cost of living right now is immense, and most of us will have skinned ourselves just to be there in London in such a short amount of time.

The cost of a season card certainly isn’t cheap, despite Sunderland having one of the cheapest annual deals in the country.

Frankly, when people have to choose between food or fuel, finding the extra pennies to spend to commit to a full season of football isn’t easy, I get it.

But, if you’re reading this and can afford it, and you’re humming and wondering whether or not to buy one, I implore you to take the plunge and do it.

Sunderland v Wycombe Wanderers - Sky Bet League One - Play Off - Final - Wembley Stadium

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Sunderland fans have received an immense amount of positive press in recent days – everyone in the country knows we have some of the best fans in the country.

And finally we have the right manager to guide us forward. I can only speak for myself but I fully believe that Alex Neil will eventually lead Sunderland to the Premier League.

For that to happen, our fans have a huge influence on the outcome of things.

More than 40,000 spectators at home games next season will help push the team over the line. Those 10-15,000 additional fans through the gates could be the difference between winning or losing games, as we saw at Wembley when the immense noise during the second half made it virtually impossible for our team to lose.

There is also the fact that the additional income generated by the club through the sale of season cards means additional money available for players, salaries and infrastructure: so that the club becomes self-sufficient and less dependent on wealthy owners. who reach into their pockets, fans can also do their part to ensure the club builds year after year.

However, it’s not just about supporting our first men’s team. As part of our ‘one club’ ethos, next season’s season cards also include access for fans to watch Sunderland Women’s and Sunderland U23s, meaning you get more football for your money than perhaps ever before.

Both our senior men’s and women’s teams are in the second tier, and both feature homegrown talent who give their all for the badge: Elliot Embleton and Anthony Patterson, two of the heroes of the team that won at Wembley, are sure to be huge. accessories on the side, as did future England star Neve Herron for women, led by local girl Mel Reay.

So whether you still live in Sunderland or elsewhere, consider buying a season card. I’ve had one for most of my life and honestly couldn’t do without it – being in every game next season to cheer on the Lads the same way I did in the playoff final means a lot to me. me, and I’m sure you will too.

As the club itself said this week, this is only the beginning. Consider being part of the journey – this is our chance to help put Sunderland AFC back on the map and get this club back to its rightful place at the top of the footballing pyramid.

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