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The very different way Newcastle United and Sunderland look after local non-league clubs

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Newcastle United took on Ashington AFC on Tuesday night.

The annual Northumberland Senior Cup sees the young NUFC Under 23s take on the local non-league sides.

Good experience for both AND the chance for the local non-league sides to bank an extra few quid if they draw Newcastle United.

Tuesday’s game was a cracker, the United youngsters quickly going two up, only for two goals from the home side to level it.

The NUFC Under 23s holding their nerve to win the penalty shootout 5-3 and go through to the semi-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

A good night all round, with the crowd of 1,357 a new stadium record, so a few quid into the Ashington coffers via paying to get in and pie sales etc. The money boosted by this gesture from Newcastle United

The following night, it was the turn of Sunderland.

In the Durham Challenge Cup, the Sunderland Under 23s travelled to play Crook Town.

On this occasion, a crowd of 534 paid to watch the Sunderland youngsters take on the non-league club.

After the usual deductions / costs, the balance leftover was £1,421. Not a fortune but a nice little shot in the arm for Crook Town.

Local non-league football stalwart Mike Amos though, has revealed that Crook Town got not such a nice little surprise following the game (which they won 1-0 against Sunderland…).

Sunderland getting in touch to ask for £710.50, their share of the gate money.

Sunderland fans repeatedly claim that they are going to be going places under their billionaire owner.

Well if they are looking on the goodwill of local people helping them to get wherever that is they think they might end up, maybe Sunderland should have a rethink on who at this moment in time could be using that £710 (and fifty pence!) better, themselves or Crook Town.

The final word to the Crook Town Chairman, who says he is ‘disgusted’ with how Sunderland have acted.

Mike Amos Grass Roots Football blog – 17 December 2021:

Since they like to be known as the Black Cats, it might be supposed lucky when Sunderland FC cross your path. Crook Town take a different view.

Town hosted Sunderland’s under-23 side on Wednesday in the Durham Challenge Cup, 534 spectators attracted to the Millfield. After the usual deductions, the balance was £1,421.

Frequently these days, the big boys waive their right to half of the gate on such occasions – as did Newcastle United when 1,300+ turned out at Ashington the evening previously.

No such luck with Sunderland. Crook this morning received a request for £710 (and fifty pence.) Club chairman Vince Kirkup, the most urbane of men, is angry.

“We have to work hard for every penny we get and they’re a multi-million pound club. I know they’re entitled to their cut but it’s become an accustomed and much appreciated gesture that the big clubs don’t take it. To be honest, I’m disgusted.”

The score? Oh aye. Crook Town 1 Sunderland 0.’

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