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.

If Sunderland drop into the third tier you have to wonder at just how many Sunderland fans will bother turning up then and indeed what desperate measures their club will take to try and attract them.

‘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.’

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  • Leazes.

    Ashley did something similar during the first and second walk-outs….

    …Season tickets for level seven were reduced from £540 to make a large family section. One adult at full price and two kids at £68 per season.

  • Lhc

    As much as I despise them, I don’t want them to drop to league 1, if fear for them if they do and wonder if we will ever meet them again. Tyne wear/ wear Tyne derbies are something else especially away, if I could bottle the Adrenalin up of the whole day start to finish I would.

    • Leazes.

      This is true…. the state of Northern football and ownership is destroying it.

      • Lhc

        I agree, and how ironic that it’s ended up like this as the north east has fierce passion running through it for our football clubs & city’s.

        • Geordiegiants

          Nar!!!! They haven’t, we have!

        • GToon

          Theirin lies the problem. There’s no way either club could be run like this if they were one of the million London clubs. It’s the passion and devotion of both sets of fans that is their undoing. No owner wants an empty stadium.

      • Leicester Mag

        Amen to that.

    • paul mclaughlan

      Agreed. Although I will still laugh if they go down.

      • ToonTom

        So will I, though I still suspect they’ll survive. Maybe I’ve just got too used to them being jammy at the end of a season and getting away with it? Last season caught up with them, but maybe this season they’ll do their usual save-it-all-for-the-last-ten-games.
        Still, if they do go down they’ll come back up in a season or maybe two. It would just be helpful to the cause of their stopping their pathetic gloating if we could politely remind them in response to it in a couple of seasons of how far they had fallen.

        • paul mclaughlan

          Divint worry mate they’re gannin doon.

    • GToon

      Well to be honest it wud probably save us a few points if we’ve don’t play them!

    • Jezza

      I agree entirely. It won’t do anybody in the North East any good if they go down to the third division. Our region has always been the most passionate football hotbed in the country but now it is in real danger of becoming a football wilderness. We are facing the prospect of future generations of Geordies and Wearsiders growing up supporting London, Manchester and Merseyside clubs and nobody wants that.

      • Lhc

        These younger fans starting to support us now don’t know any different, I’m 28 seen us in champions league UEFA cup etc home and away, and tbh now I realise how lucky I was to have seen it, when I was younger I thought it was going to be the norm but that sharp got knocked out of me! It felt kinda magical without sounding cringey lol when I was young going to Marseille away Juventus inter at home etc I realise now I was lucky. The passion I think is still there in the north east always will be I just think it needs some some fresh impetus in terms of new owners etc to bring it back out, some fans always have the passion even through the bad times. The north east thrives of its football teams in every sense. Definitely not looking good for Sunderland now after today and next couple of games could kill them off.

  • Paul Patterson

    And when they do turn up they poo on the seats..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    They walked because of the owner.
    would we have got 51,000 if Rafa wasn`t the manager & we were bottom of the league ??

    • Wor Lass

      Exactly.

    • Mark Potter

      They walked because their team was rubbish, and they were watching dire football.

      If… Rafa was the manager and we were bottom of the league. Yes, we’ve been relegated twice, and it still hurts, but of the three seasons that we spent outside of the Premiership, Newcastle won the First Division/Championship title all three times. There was never a time when we didn’t look like being in the top six, and fairly quickly in each season we were favourites for automatic promotion. We played good football and entertained the crowds.

      When Grayson was sacked the Mackems were in the bottom three of the Championship, had 10 points out of 45, and their supporters had gone nearly a year without seeing a single win at home. Coleman hasn’t improved them much.

      Not since Ardilles was sacked and Keegan first took control, over 25 years ago, has NUFC been in a position like the Mackems are now. There is simply no comparison between the two clubs. One is well run, and in a reasonable financial position, with 50,000 loyal fans, the other has an empty stadium, and stares third tier football and bankruptcy in the face.

      • Rich Lawson

        Makes me laugh that Grayson has just got the Bradford job when McCall who had done so much for them and was having a blip, but still in the play off positions got sacked.Desperation and jobs for the boys !

      • Cockneytrev

        I actually loved the way we played under Ardiles,, unfortunately the kids were not able to win games,, but looks at how many players came through,,,,

        • GToon

          Yeah. Crew away in the cup. 3-0 down after fifteen/twenty minutes. Won 4-3 and I’m on YouTube climbing the fencing when number four went in. My boys are justifiably proud of me. Lol.

          • Cockneytrev

            And rightly so,,, we’ve never had much to celebrate,,,,

      • stevetoontoon

        And horrendous pink seats

  • robbersdog

    One pound? Thanks for the offer, but I think I’ll pass.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Wish I ‘d known about the offer earlier. It would’ve been worth a quid to have a quiet afternoon away from from our lass going on about her next DIY project which she expects me to be enthusiastic about.

    • ToonTom

      I may have missed the point here (:-)) but there’s no way I’d go and watch that even if they did give me a pound.

  • Wor Lass

    I phoned up and offered a quid and they asked who I wanted to buy!

    • Jezza

      I phoned up to ask what time kick off was and they asked “when can you get here?”.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂🤣😂

      • Wor Lass

        The old ones are the best. I seem to remember a lot of these sort of cracks doing the rounds in the clubs and pubs about us back in the time of Bill Mcgarry

        • Jezza

          Ha ha I can tell you that it was before Bill McGarry’s time when I first heard that one.

    • Rich Lawson

      You could probably have had the whole club if you pressed it ?

    • Cockneytrev

      You ended up owning the stadium?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    While Sunderland have been doing this for years hence the song ten pounds for adults kids go free at least the ones that go support the team and do not have banners short out sing short out every fifteen minutes. The boo boys from the Mag could learn a lot from there hard core supporters that is supporting the team through tick and thin. They have some great supporters we have a lot of bad supporters. We are in the Premier League they are in the relegation zone in the Championship.
    For this site the only thing that matters is to hate Ashley and not support the club very sad people. To the twenty five thousand fans who support their team I have respect to those who sing anti Ashley songs I have none.

    • justchampion

      Ah so you’re a Mackem trolling this site and not an Ashley spin puppet. Thanks for clearing it up. Now go support your own team instead of fantasising over us saddo.

      • Jezza

        He is a troll but not actually a Mackem. He supports the team we stuffed last Sunday.

        • GToon

          Sat April 28. Fulham away. Haven’t Fulham got a neutral section. Hahahaha.

          • justchampion

            Oooh I like your thinking!

          • GToon

            Imagine if Mitro scored against them! I don’t think I would be able to maintain my neutrality if that happened. Ive also started sounding out a couple of mates who are wolves fans as that’s the mackems last game.

      • Geordiegiants

        Just block him, I can’t see his posts, but it’s obviously mackemseaton.

        • Lakeland Mag

          But it’s sometimes fun to bait the trolls, just to see if they can outdo themselves with their nonsensical rubbish, something to do while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Funnier still when they trip themselves up and forget what alias they are using…Monksatan,Clarko,Fleckman,Ghostrider and now Ben Jones is the latest I believe…Jezza & Leazes know others but I can’t clarify myself…

          • Rich Lawson

            Wasn’t it Ben Jones in ”ALIAS Smith and Jones” ?

          • Peaky Magpie

            Not sure but I think there’s a Dukes of Hazard connection somewhere..

          • Ben Jones

            Not sure , Google it and let us all know your findings..

          • Ben Jones

            I’m not even going to respond to that!

    • Dingus

      What an utter pile of bitter dross. Get another hobby mate. You’re obsessed, it’s cringe-worthy. It’s embarrassing.

    • GToon

      That’s rubbish mate. If you can’t stand anyone having a view that doesn’t match yours then don’t come on here. You obviously get angry with your fellow fans so I’d pack it in. This is a discussion forum for views of all kinds. Do you realise that?

      • Jezza

        He’s not a fellow fan and he’s not from Monkseaton. He is the same troll who posts as Ghostbuster, Clarko, Bobbi Fleckman and other ID’s.

        • Desree

          The FBI are on to him about the Trump election too.

          • Rich Lawson

            So he’s Russian as well,G’d’m,commie,pinko(seats) !

      • Ben Jones

        Can’t you see the irony in your first 2 sentences?

        Be honest , and if you can’t I will elaborate if needed

        • GToon

          Yes I can Ben. Tbh I not like the way some of the posts made by that person are quite unpleasant rather than just a different opinion.
          What you put is quite funny tho!

          • Ben Jones

            You’re a good sport .

          • GToon

            No probs! Did make me laugh.

    • Big Al 1967

      Yeah such ‘great supporters’ that the moment the second goal goes in they start booing. Watch the highlights you muppet and see for yourself

    • Mirandinha9

      I agree Derek, we must stop chanting against Cashley. You make some very worthy points in his defence. Keep it up Mr Llambias.

  • Dingus

    I adore the derby and I’m sad it seemingly won’t be a regular thing (at Premier League level) for a while. They have a terrible owner. But the players have been pathetic this year. They’ve really let the fans down.

    Some have praised the fans for not turning up in numbers this season. But they’ve hardly made a peep at large scale about Short. They simply can’t stand watching that sh#t every week. They’ve given up, just like the players. Difference is, the players are all millionaires and don’t feel the distress at watching this happen. They should have seen it coming though, they’ve been home to over many Man U rejects, has beens, unheard-ofs and cast offs for so long. To the extent one could be excused for thinking something fishy has been going on… along the lines of what NUFC are being investigated for by HMRC, corrupt managers and agents and bungs and all…

    • GToon

      Whatmore could be a good player I need a decent team. He’s not as technical as Perez but he’s more physical. Cud be one to plunder.

  • Chris

    I don’t really blame them. If the team or the owner don’t want to put the best foot forward, why should fans. It’s a spectator sport, end of. We’ve had many articles talking about boycotts etc.

  • Mirandinha9

    Perhaps Lawrie Mac will be viewed as less of a failure by 5under1and fans if they are relegated. Lawrie, was a success (Grimsby – promotion, Southampton – FA Cup Winners, 2nd only to Liverpool in the league in 1984) every where he went up until he reached 5under1and and came across a boardroom that was absolutely toxic.

  • Desree

    So if nufc fans were more supportive of their own players we would be in a better position.

    Why are we knocking Sunderland fans for tacking a stance against another shocking owner?

    • Stephen Paylor

      shocking owner? I thought he had lost a fortune trying to get them somewhere?

    • Albert Stubbins

      they’re not taking a stance though are they- theres ben NO protest just makem apathy. Thyeve all but given up on the team like they always do when things go bad. Ive been reading the RTG site and its embarrassing the lack of passion and support for the club. Theyve chucked the towel in whereas Newcastle would never give up the way they have.

  • Joseph Burton

    First of all.

    Try having an owner as bad as ours. Yous need to realise that Ashley is nowhere near as bad as Ellis Short, having shown absolutely no ambition at all since he took over. At least yous showed ambition spent £55m odd last season, obviously yous were going to show up.

    Second of all, try supporting a team as pathetically bad as ours. A team that has shown on occasions this season that they can perform to reasonable standards, however week in week out doesnt show any heart, fight or desire whatsoever. This has been going on for years. If the players wont show any sort of passion, why should the fans? Loyalty should only go so far and it gets to a point where it gets too much.

    Going to the match should be a form of entertainment, it shouldn’t ever feel like a chore which it does to us. It just isn’t enjoyable anymore and I guarantee if yous were in a position as desperately pathetic as ours then the vast majority of yous feel the same.

    And just to clarify, the £1 tickets were for kids only. In the family area only. Only to be purchased with a full paying adult ticket, which was upwards of £25. Far too much for what we’re watching.

    • stevetoontoon

      Why dont you send another airplane over st james, sing 6 in a row constantly, tell us to enjoy the championship (which we did), enjoy playing burton!!!…… no sympathy here marra enjoy league 1

      • Paul Patterson

        I do raise a smile with the prospect of Shrewsbury Town swapping places with S********d in League 1/Championship next season . .

    • ToonTom

      You’ll get no sympathy from us and I hope you weren’t seeking any..
      I’m sure that we all recognise the under-investment, the poor purchases, the lack of will to survive in the club, and if that was all there was to it, we’d all collectively be bemoaning the impact of incompetent management and owners. And we’d be a bit more harmonious and empathetic about it, which is ultimately what we should be despite the rivallry we all used to thoroughly enjoy.
      But it isn’t all there was to it, is it?
      Where any possible sympathy drained away was in the gloating you did whilst we were in the water and you still stood on the Titanic thinking you were safe from drowning. I’m sure no-one needs to be reminded of your petty glories when we went down twice due to the truly astonishing incompetence and arrogance of My Cashley. The clebrations like you’d won the Cup. The cheap-shot banners over the ground.
      I don’t know if you will stay up or not, but you’re definitely drowning. And it just couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch.

    • Albert Stubbins

      fair weather fans- always have been- nee sympathy for sad makems. do one.

  • Paul Smith

    While I do love to see them getting battered every week after the way they acted when we went down, I do feel sorry for some of their fans. You hear them phoning up radio Newcastle and you realise they are just the same as the rest of us rather than the 3 toed mutants you might otherwise imagine.

    If we had appointed someone as uninspiring as Simon Grayson, made no decent signings and were losing every week I wonder how many fans we’d have in the stadium… i don’t think we’d have as few as they do now but I think we’d be in the low 30ks at best.

    • Albert Stubbins

      weve had worse than grayson ffs. in the modern age Newcastle would never dip below 40k imo. weve had it as bad as anyone in football and the fans still turn out. We never give up on the team/club and sunderland have. I remember their own chairman in the 80’s saying he wished they were as loyal as Newcastle fans. Its always been that way and it always will!!

  • Andy Mac

    I’ve said it before but the makems biggest problem is no one wants to go there and ply their footballing trade.

    Even when they do most of their footballers choose to live in Newcastle/Ponteland etc rather than Fulwell or Roker 😁

    Its time they recognised theyre going down and start the rebuilding process asap. Make the focus on young local talent or lower league youngsters, forget about “star players” and get a decent manager too.

    • Albert Stubbins

      down down deeper and down!! taxi for coleman.

  • Down Under Mag

    Low blow and not really worthy of discussion. Oh but for a turn of luck this could easily be us. They aren’t failing just because they have a rubbish manager or they bought bad players, they are failing because unbelievably they have found an owner worse than ours who shows absolutely zero interest in the running of the club now, has totally lost interest and will not help the club out despite their current predicament. They are going down again I think it’s safe to say, but articles like this shouldn’t really be out there from Newcastle fans when we aren’t exactly in the clear of our own relegation problems yet. It just makes us look petty.

    I for one am always up for some banter between the fans of both clubs, however I also believe that football in the North East is built on those rivalries…so for me, not having that derby day to look forward to is actually a bad thing. I want to beat them every time we play them, I want to rub it in the the fans…however I do not want to see the club go by the way side an disappear. Surely it is better that we get both teams up in the top flight and we have the chance to have our day of glory by winning games rather than wallowing in the schadenfreude of their current predicament when we have more pressing concerns of our own right now??

    • Christopher Rannigan

      The championship is not as easy as the Mackems thought

  • Mrkgw

    Looks as though the land of the pink seats is set to drop another division.