Sunderland fans have deserted their team big style in their hour of need.
Last year saw an average of 41,287 at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League.
However, this season has been a different story.
When Newcastle were relegated, they sold almost 40,000 season tickets before a ball was kicked as they showed their support for Rafa Benitez and his efforts to try and get the club straight back up.
A season average over 23 home Championship matches of over 51,000 were rewarded with instant promotion back to the top tier.
On Wearside though, Sunderland fans have stopped supporting the manager and players with crowds regularly half the Premier League average of last season.
The official crowd figures announced by Sunderland have been laughable, with regular claims of attendances in the high twenty thousands. However, photos and video footage have shown the truth, with clearly far less than half the 48,000 pink seats filled.
Now second bottom of the table and only 15 games to try and save their season, Sunderland are desperately trying to get some fans back in the stadium.
For their home match with Brentford today, Sunderland have reduced prices to as low as £1, with kids paying that price if with an adult.
If the Sunderland supporters had backed their team/club this season instead of turning their backs on the Championship side, you would have to ask whether they would be in such a desperate position.
Last Sunday saw just how much difference a crowd can help make when assisting Newcastle to beat Man Utd, with a similar story in the Championship last season, especially away from home when United had incredible support on their travels, as well as the record breaking home attendances.
‘Supporters can back Sunderland against Brentford and pay on the day at the Stadium of Light (KO 3pm).
Cash turnstiles 45 and 46 will be in operation but please note that there are no concession tickets available on the gate.
Instead, those wishing to purchase concession tickets should head to the ticket office where they will be on sale until 3pm.
Kids for a quid tickets will also remain on sale until kick-off, but they must be purchased alongside a full paying adult.’