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Fan Letters: ‘The best way to prove how much of a farce it is would be to absolutely batter them!’

Joe’s hoping we give Man Utd kids a battering, while Chris is happy about the takeover up the road. Mag on a wind up or not? You decide...!

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Dear Roker Report,

People go on about hating the fact we are playing Man U’s kids. Well, I think the best way to prove how much of a farce it is would be to absolutely batter them, like we did v Villa U21s last season.

Joe B

Ed’s Note [Martin]: That’s all we can do in the short term, Joe, but ultimately it’s horrendous that we’re playing in this competition, and we need to ensure we’re never play in it again after this season. Tomorrow, we’re likely to be playing a very young team ourselves, so we’ll see what happens.

Sunderland v Aston Villa U21: EFL Trophy
There’s only one way to deal with this game...
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

I have been a season ticket holder for many years and was at the Cheltenham game with my 12 year old grandson. What could spoil such a great display by the lads? Idiots in the row in front of me who jumped to their feet every time Sunderland got anywhere near the Cheltenham area, asking them to sit down was a waste of time, even pulling them physically didn’t have any effect so I missed all 3 first half goals.

I complained to them at half time but their response was when they jump up we should as well, I am in my 70s and my jumping days are long gone and my grandson is tiny so he would need a step ladder to see over 4 grown men. Selfish people!

Gerald Kearney

Ed’s Note [Martin]: I appreciate the frustration Gerald, but in reality it’s difficult to condemn people jumping up with excitement during the game, particularly after being unable to go to the games for so long – however, some consideration of those around you never goes amiss, and ideally we should never have to ask for it. I’m not sure what stand you were in, but I would hope the Family Zone in the South East corner would be better, and the East Stand is generally pretty good in that regard – obviously it’s more difficult if you were in your regular season card seats. It’s unfortunately a symptom of all seater stadiums – in the Fulwell End you could just move to a better vantage point – although I’m sure a steward would have been happy to help you find a better alternative.

Blackpool v Sunderland - Carabao Cup Second Round
Standing in all seater stadiums can cause issues for some fans
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Dear Roker Report,

My thoughts on the Newcastle United takeover.

I would like to genuinely congratulate Newcastle United on their recent takeover and I admit like many other football fans when the news first broke I looked on with envy at what was unfolding up the road and I believe any other supporters that say otherwise may not be being entirely honest with themselves.

Exciting times may well lie ahead for the Geordie faithful, they are a loyal bunch and they deserve to be rewarded for their faithful support.

I have been Sunderland fan for many years now and have seen many very disappointing times over those years but I truly believe that our club also has a brilliant future to look forward to, we have a very wealthy young ambitious owner, we have a new structure in place that will help develop and harness a new generation of local talent, we have a new recruitment structure in place, we have a wonderful academy and Stadium and most importantly we have a large very loyal and faithful fan base that will help cheer on our team on its long journey towards better times.

So good luck NUFC on your new journey but Sunderland AFC also has a new dawn to feel excited about and one that I am so pleased to be a part of by showing my loyal support.

Keep the faith my fellow Mackems this story has a long way to go yet!

Chris Hutchinson, Sacriston Mackem

Ed’s Note [Martin]: I’m taking you at face value Chris – I pondered long and hard about whether this was a wind up and if we should delete it. I’m still very much on the fence in truth. But, regardless, if you feel that way, fair enough. Personally, I’d much rather Mike Ashley was still in control and they plummet down the leagues so their deluded followers have even the vaguest sense of what ‘football suffering’ – which apparently they’ve had so much of over recent years – is. I hope the takeover goes disastrously wrong, and they end up in a far worse state than they are now.

I’m very happy with our new owner and the direction of the club, and between KLD and a bunch of people who continue to commit the most horrendous human rights violations in the world, I certainly know who I’d choose our club to be owned by.


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