Stewart Donald can’t wait for tonight’s match.

The Sunderland owner saying despite it being their first team against the Newcastle United Under 21s, he thinks it is a ‘fantastic draw’ for the Wearside club.

Talking to the official EFL site, Stewart Donald is looking forward to a ‘great night’ with Sunderland backed by at least 30,000 supporters.

However, the Sunderland boss is set to be disappointed.

The SAFC official website has today updated on the final ticket sales, with no matchday sales and no tickets allowed to be bought after 5pm on Monday.

They have revealed that less than half the number of Sunderland fans that Stewart Donald was expecting, have bothered to buy tickets.

Instead they will only have the backing of around 14,000 Sunderland fans.

Newcastle quickly sold out of their 2,800 tickets well before Christmas but were refused any more, despite the stadium being set to be two thirds empty tonight and the fact that tournament rules state that Newcastle United should have been allocated at least 4,900, 10% of the capacity.

Sunderland official site – Today (Tuesday 8 January 2019):

‘Taking on the Magpies at the Stadium of Light, kick-off 7:45pm, supporters are advised that tickets for the cup tie are now OFF sale and there will be no cash turnstiles.

More than 16,000 tickets have been sold for tonight’s meeting, with Newcastle set to be backed by 2,800 fans for the trip through to Wearside.’

Stewart Donald talking to official EFL site:

“Well in some ways it’s a bit of a no win game.

“As a lot of Newcastle United fans will see it as we are playing their reserve team.

“U21 team or not it is a fantastic draw for us, in a busy schedule, and I bet the manager is pulling his hair out a bit.

“It captures the imagination and I think it will help with the profile of the tournament as I think it will be the tie of the round – and we’ll get 30,000 people and it will be a great night.

“The fans have been unbelievable, especially with what they have been through over the past few years.

“You could quite easily forgive them for being sceptical, they’ve heard it all before, but from the moment I wandered in they have given me a chance.

“They have got behind their club, got behind their team and with a slight change of culture, we have given them a team that are playing their hearts out.”

  • Scum


    • Fisherking

      We will see SMB

      • Geordiegiants

        Soft shyte!

    • We’ll support you evermore

      That’s means something else you inbred, see you at st Peter’s.

    • Kev Newcastle England

      Mackem Bas tad

      • Scum

        Tosser 😉

        • New Durham Mags

          FOFF back to whatever your own forum is nobody cares about you your irrelevant.

    • Vincent Gigante

      Fourteen Thousand Mackems

      • New Durham Mags

        well played :)

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    These knackers at Sunderland are every bit as embarrassing as Ashley and Co with regards to thinking they understand the area, Club, Fans, Etc of what they have bought into.
    In reality they know nothing and this should serve as a warning shot across the bows of Sunderland fans in the same way it was for us in the early days of Ashley’s tenure.

  • Kenny

    Imagine King Rat restricting tickets, not in this lifetime he`d flog them to anyone.

    • We’ll support you evermore

      He has done in the past you eediot

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      He wouldn’t give a monkeys chuff if there was a full scale riot as long as the money was rolling in !

  • Rabid Dog

    Seriously, did he really think they would get 30000 tonight? Naive to say the least…

    • Kneebotherm8

      16654 just announced on talksport2 as official attendance,they could have hit 20000 no bother if they hadn’t restricted our allocation.

  • 1957

    I’ve just watched ‘Sunderland til I die’ on Netflix and they are in a worse place than us. The previous regime seemed to have no interest and the new one said the right things but came across as a couple of chancers.

    The only two people to come out of programme with any credit were Chris Coleman and the CEx Martin Bain who did his best to keep them afloat against the odds and left by “mutual consent” once the new lot had their feet under the table. Ashley would be a perfect fit for them

    • Geordiegiants

      Those two look like rabbits in headlights, but at the same time they are trying to make a go of it.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      That new regime at Sunderland are exactly that : “A Couple Of Chancers.”
      I cannot understand why alarm bells are not ringing down their place because they will take them to the depths of despair, No doubt about it !

      The moment they asked for members of the public to come and change the seats for them, The game was up imo.
      It would have been a noble gesture at a non league club but a club the size of Sunderland requesting that was “Two Bob”, To say the least !

      • Scum

        It’s called community spirit

        • X,WHY,Y MAN.

          What, Being chancers equates to “Community Spirit” ?

          • Scum

            Is Jealousy once again rearing it’s ugly head?

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            Your kidding right ?, And people say Newcastle fans are deluded lol

          • Scum

            You lot are so obsessed with Sunderland it’s so beautiful that you care more of what’s happening at Sunderland than your own club 👍🏻

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            Have a word with yourself man !
            Thee words : “Ready To Go.”
            That site on a matchday for “Newcastle Games” gets more hits that it does for articles involving your own club.
            There are over 30 pages at times devoted to us ffs !
            Not to mention the other assorted threads started all about Newcastle United.
            There’s even Sunderland fans who come on to complain about your lot being obsessed lol