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Fan Letters: “The thousands of missing Sunderland fans must return if we are to stay up!”

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“I would just love to see the missing thousands come back and give the team a real shot in the arm and a real fighting chance of getting out this mess”, writes RR reader Norm. Got something to say? Email us: RokerReport@yahoo.co.uk - we’ll include your message in the next edition.

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Dear Roker Report,

I’ve just read the letter from Monka on his disappointment with the booing, whingeing and attitude of some of our so-called Supporters. I couldn’t agree more with her.

I’ve been a supporter for over 60 years and travel to home games via a 150 mile-round trip with my friend, who travels via a 250 mile-round trip.

We don’t boo or leave early like some, and try to shout encouragement to our Lads, especially the young home grown players, who are our future.

Our Club is still great, with a superb manager of the future in Coleman, a great Stadium and training facilities, and a core of loyal and dedicated supporters.

Of course we need new ownership but until we do let’s get 100% behind the manager and players - this might just keep us in the Championship this season, giving Coleman the chance to build for the future.

Booing and whingeing will only hasten a descent into League One and the exit of some talented young players, who need our encouragement!

Colin Ions (Gateshead Lad)

Ed’s Note: I think that there needs to be a fine balance with this, and maybe some clarity on what those voicing their discontent are aiming to achieve.

Every club has idiot fans, sure, but I don’t think that we can doubt that our supporters are unanimous in their support for the manager and our young players. You only have to see the reaction to the performances of the likes of Robson, Honeyman, Asoro and Maja against Hull. But you have to concede that sometimes this comes on the back of disappointing performances - for 30-odd minutes against Ipswich we were the better side, the crowd were behind the team and then... brain-fart. It was some poor defending from Billy Jones that led to our opponents taking the lead, and from then you just knew that we wouldn’t be getting back into the game.

I applaud you though for showing your support in your own way, and here’s hoping that happier times are ahead and the fans that do turn up at the SoL can all get back on the same page sooner rather than later.

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Dear Roker Report,

Sunderland are in decline, with no finances available and the threat of relegation for the second season in a row looming over us. Thousands of loyal fans wait in baited breath for even the slightest improvement from Sunderland’s non-caring players.

I have a message for Ellis short - I understand perfectly he does not wish to waste any more money, but from a hopeless position he can leave a lasting testimony to his ownership of the club we all love, and put a focus on Sunderland from all over the world.

Very simply opt out of the transfer market we cannot compete in, launch a massive youth culture - an X factor-style audition, attracting young and semi professional players with a genuine feeling that if you are good enough you will play. We’d use the vast wealth of local coaches we have here in the north east, bringing through Sunderland young lads that would be willing to run through brick walls. That, in its boldness, would bring the fans back and reunite the community with the club - all for the price of a Jack Rodwell.

Brian Harding

Ed’s Note: Erm... yes. I don’t know what to say! Brian, you have me stumped.

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Dear Roker Report,

I have been a loyal and fanatical Sunderland fan since birth - I had no other option; its bred into every single member of my family.

I went to my first game at Roker Park with my dad when I was 7 years old - I was hooked from that day forward, and got my first season ticket in 1980 and have had one every season since then.

I just want to echo everything Monka said in her article yesterday - I totally agree with her.

We need the fans backing the team and coming back to the stadium. It can only help the team, not hinder it providing - as Monka says - we don’t whinge and boo every misplaced pass.

I do understand the frustrations, of course I do, and everyone has there own opinion on what’s right to do and not to do. If they think staying away is the answer then fine, but don’t go on social media spouting off and slagging team off at every opportunity - that solves nothing.

I would just love to see the missing thousands come back and give the team a real shot in the arm and a real fighting chance of getting out this mess. I for one will definitely be there shouting myself hoarse!

Haway the lads...

Norm

Ed’s note: Like I said above in my reply to Colin, it’s great that there are supporters who are unequivocal in their backing of the team. There are many reasons why people are staying away though, and until the club give fans a good reason to part with their hard-earned cash and attend games then I don’t see how the situation improves. From where I sit at the games I feel as though most of those in attendance do so through habit - I know that I do, as like yourself it’s all I’ve ever known.