The planned Sunderland plane banner organised by Newcastle fans to fly over the Stadium of Light (the one organised by Sunderland fans a year ago pictured above), has attracted plenty of debate.

Everybody seemingly having an opinion as to whether it was a good idea or not but now it has reached a conclusion.

An online vote was arranged by main organiser Darren Curry and his fellow fundraisers, with four different banners up for the public to decide on.

Voting closed at 7pm on Sunday night and with thousand of votes cast the winner is…

UNITED BY CANCER DIVIDED BY LEAGUES

This came out on top by 2% ahead of second placed:

SMB ENJOY THE CHAMPIONSHIP WE DID

In case you missed what had happened so far, Darren and his friends came up with the idea for a banner and after donations quickly went beyond the original £960 needed to make it happen, it was quickly decided that the surplus was to be divided between Frankie Sherwood, Hope Feeney and Bradley Lowery, three brave local kids who are all battling cancer.

So every pound collected now goes to the kids/their appeals and is NOT paying for the banner.

Donations are still flooding in and Darren has confirmed that the total has now reached £4,700, with almost four grand going to good causes.

If any Newcastle fans did want to top up that amount for the kids, then the link is PayPal [email protected] and he can be mailed on this to arrange payment methods.

You can also visit Darren’s Facebook page HERE, there you will find further details on the banner to fly over the Stadium of Light AND how to donate.

(With Sunderland relegated ahead of schedule, Darren Curry and some pals paid separately themselves for a banner that was hung up at the Stadium of Light, featuring Ant and Dec, along with the wording ‘Mackems Get Ready To Crumble’ – you can see that HERE)

Last month writing on The Mag, Darren Curry explained about the Sunderland plane banner:

“There were 20 or 30 of us originally involved but thanks to social media it has gone a little bit crazy and after seeing the number of people donating, we then decided to make it so the banner will be voted for online with a few options.

Maybe celebrating our promotion or a fighting against Cancer themed one (‘Cancer has no colours’ etc), which I’ve agreed to talk to the parents of the children about nearer the time .

The final choice of ideas to vote on will be publicised in due course.

Without the banner we probably would have raised very little money but now we’ve collected so much, the banner seems almost irrelevant, but will still go ahead.

It’s a bit of fun without trouble and Sunderland fans as well as Boro supporters have donated – as I have a lot of my mates who work offshore.

A lot of people are seemingly against the idea of a banner but we are saying that without the banner there is no donation to the kids, as the banner was solely the reason people originally donated money.

We are having a laugh and also now the banner is long ago paid for, we are generating some cash that will help in some small way the three kids named above.

If any Newcastle fans did want to top up that amount for the kids, then the link is PayPal [email protected] and I can be mailed on this to arrange payment methods.”

You can also visit Darren’s Facebook page HERE, there you will find further details on the banner to fly over the Stadium of Light AND how to donate.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])



  • Toonbadger

    Class

  • Leazes Ender

    There is another way of reading the slogan…… Ashley and Short…..

  • Roy

    personally, I don’t like the chosen banner that much, not sure that we should be combining the distress of cancer in children with a dig at the mackems. If we have to fly a banner, I would have preferred the initials of the kids and Cancer has no colours… but hey ho.. looks like the decision is made

    • Leazes Ender

      A slogan built by compromise….

      …the health service should be looking after people properly without the need for charities…. this is what its come to now…. parading young kids to get treatment!

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        You could always be an American and end up being bankrupted by a broken arm.

  • Alex

    Just donate the money to the charities – cut out the circus antics.

    • Leazes Ender

      They should have kept the two things separate….. taunt the Mac-n-tacs and donate the rest…. how many standing ovations and peer orchestrated mass grieving with a minutes clapping have we had this season….

      Keep grief out of football we’ve got enough already.

    • Geordiegiants

      THE DONATIONS WOULDNT OF COME ABOUT WITH OUT THE BANNER MAN!!!!!

  • Tim

    Seriously this needs to just be stopped, it’s embarrassing and only represents a minority of fans. Combining the 2 subjects is bad taste, just donate the money to a good cause if your going down that route.

    • Geordiegiants

      Football needs local rivalry, It is needed to keep football alive, a few years ago nobody would of went to the match and said don’t do this don’t do that, it was all a bit of fun. It’s the only bit of fun left in the game, take it away and there will be even worse atmospheres.
      When football “FANATICS” were “FANATICS”, not boring PC happy jacks, it was fun, it was exciting. Now it’s turned into a place for people to meet up and talk a load of bo’llocks, with pals they wouldn’t see any other time, or “it’s the only time I get to spend with my kids”, bo’llocks, football should be about football and rivalry not all this “it’s embarrassing” sort of krap, let the people enjoy their glory and Sunderlands demise, instead of judging and telling people what they shouldn’t be doing.

      • Alex

        Totally agree. Much happier when fans didn’t have the money to rent a plane, and we just kicked the sheight out of them instead.

        • Geordiegiants

          I agree fully, but unfortunately things have become a bit more civilised and this is the only sort of thing that keeps the rivalry going these days, and people even want that knocked on the head! I don’t think they will be happy unltil they are singing:
          Let’s all sit silence, let’s all sit in silence la la la la, la la la la!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Unfortunately? really, you prefer the dark days of bother? I thought we were rid of all that nonsense.

          • Geordiegiants

            Anyday, today’s bunch of prawn sandwich brigade have taken the heart out of football.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            If the heart of football is violence toward folk because they support another football team, it needed a transplant.

  • MadMag83

    Love it! Drop a few A to Z’s with directions to Burton Albion while you’re at it.

    • Tony Mann

      Nowt wrong with Burton mate. Derbyshire exile here who will happily watch Burton play the SMB’s off the park. Don’t forget that they deserved a lot more against us this season.

      • MadMag83

        Nothing against Burton Albion mate, wish them all the best, especially against the likes of Boro and Sunderland. Just ironic how they were joking about us visiting the likes of Burton etc, now it’s their turn.

        • Tony Mann

          Mate, I’ll be there to watch the SMB’s get their bottoms spanked. Burton are a very under-rated side. They’ve stabilised this season and will provide a few shocks next year.

  • Tim Boddy

    It’s pretty shabby, but the statements at least need to be presented in the logical order so it makes sense, i.e. what divides us comes first, what unites us comes last, so: “Divided by leagues, united by cancer”. It doesn’t work the other way round.

  • Paul Busby

    Does correct grammar and punctuation cost extra?

    Honestly I echo the thoughts of many in that we shouldn’t be playing these childish games. Massive waste of money that should have all gone to charity.

    • Jimblag23

      This is my thought, the sentiment is fine but the sentence is horrible.

  • Tony Mann

    I thought it pathetic and childish when the SMB’s did it – Us doing it make it no less pathetic. Attempting to justify it as a charity event is poor judgement. I don’t recall Sunderland attempting to make mileage out of the Malaysian MH17 air disaster – their charity donations came without conditions and for the first time I thought they showed true class. Combining the football relegation / promotion issue with a cancer struggle is very poor taste.

    • Andy Mac

      “Us doing it” isnt exactly the case. There’s some guy who claims to be a Geordie taking money to fly a plane and banner with donations over £4k atm. Sounds like a money making operation to me but then I’ve always been a cynical barsteward.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    The whole thing is just a bit naff isn’t it, i had hoped we were better than that.

  • relaxed

    celebrating our best weekend for years and rightly so, what a fantastic achievement for the club and us mags only for us all to look so pathetic by stooping to the level that some of the Sunderland supporters did by flying their banner
    surely we are bigger than that, or are we just as bad as what they were

  • Andy Mac

    “Donations are still flooding in and Darren has confirmed that the total
    has now reached £4,700, with almost four grand going to good causes”

    I wonder who does the accounting on these things ?

    • Tony Mann

      Sorry to be a party pooper, but I would rather have £4700 going to good causes and forget the banner.

      • Andy Mac

        So would i. However i question how someone can ask for money from others without some form of accountability ?

        • Tony Mann

          You’re not wrong – You would like to think people are normally decent and honest – but there’s always some f**ker to spoil the party.

      • Geordiegiants

        Honestly how daft are some people. The money wouldn’t of been raised if it wasn’t for the banner! The money being given, is the surplus to the banner not the other way around.
        People just love to make their own agenda around their own problems.
        It’s not about you or anyone else for that matter, it’s about football rivalry and the kind hearted people that have come up with a good idea from a p*ss take.
        Lighten up and enjoy the party/p*ss take.

  • Tony Mann

    You know what – ‘Relaxed and Mayor Vaughn’ (below) said it right – enjoy the moment, celebrate and party. Forget the ‘rivals’ – this is our town and we can paint it black and white.

  • Geordiegiants

    Jabba really has sucked all of the fun and laughs out of the present generation of NUFC fans. No singing, sit on your hands and complain all game, sit and look at your phone all match, moan at every stray pass, call Rafa, his tactics and the boys every time we get beat, pick on the same players week in week out (that won the title), rave on about how good Brighton are when we get beat , and finally don’t wind up the Scum anymore!
    It’s a sad day when the craic has gone. Football used to be so much fun.
    RIP Football banter!

    • Tony Mann

      Nothing wrong with taking the p++s or having a crack -don’t use the excuse of raising funds for charity though. Nasty.

    • Tony Mann

      Nowt wrong with banter and taking the P*ss from your rivals but when you have a food bank outside SJP I can think of a lot better things to do with my money than to spend it flying a flag over the Stadium of Plight. Further to your other post, I don’t have an agenda, I will party all night to celebrate our promotion but as far as the SMB’s are concerned, If we never play them again, would I be bovvered? The only time I AM bothered about them is when we do play them but that’s not going to happen for a while. Better things to do than spend time on that load of cack. If you spend all your energy chortling about SMB’s demise, you’ve got too much time on your hands. You tell people to lighten up – try getting over yourself first.

      • Geordiegiants

        The whole thing would never ever of come about if it wasn’t for the banter. Food banks are different altogether. If there was no rivalry in football there would be no atmosphere hence what’s happening at the park, people are being told it’s pathetic, and a waste of time etc etc.
        Rivalry: competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.
        Fans=Fanatics
        You and a lot of other have forgot what it’s all about.
        “there always has been intense rivalry between the clubs”. Long before social media came along judging an age old tradition.

        • Tony Mann

          There’s rivalry at every game, that’s why there are such things as away support – nothing to do with targeting a ‘club’ on a downward spiral which will mean nothing soon as we wont be playing them again in the foreseeable future. To use your analogy -: competition / objective for superiority on the same field – they cant be on the same field – as they’re in a division below. You talk of atmosphere as if it only appears when we play them. Do you go to the games? You’re centered on slagging the SMB’s off – good luck too you as it seems the only thing that entertains you. I’m more concerned with whats happens at my club.

          • Geordiegiants

            Check my posts I very rarely have a lot to say about the scum, that is why on the odd occasion we come up against them, or get chance to laugh at their demise, I do. This thing about giving all of the money to charity, there wouldn’t be a penny going to any one if it wasn’t for this “pathetic” stunt.
            By the way competition doesn’t come into it as we aren’t in any competitions with them. Rivalry was what I was talking about.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Really, I don’t like the sly dig. Just think about it, the coverage a positive message against cancer would generate, a mention on TVs around the world, donations would dwarf a measly 4 grand and would show NUFC in a much better light.

    • Tony Mann

      Sly dig ??? A banner being flown about north east skies sponsored by funds raised to slag off a neighboring club is not a positive message against cancer – it just shows a horrible small mentality, We are better than this.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I’m in agreement, I think it’s a bit pathetic. I’m suggesting they could (& indeed, clearly considered it) have gone for a positive united campaign against cancer promoting their issue around the world in the name of nufc, instead they’ve gone for a cheap sky dig.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Is Darren Curry being honest about his age or just had a difficult 49 years?