Sunderland are relegated and the Sunderland fans I know think the team deserves to be relegated, having struggled for many seasons against relegation and had a few miracle escapes during that time.
But if those who are running the club don’t do anything to correct things the inevitable will finally happen and that’s what’s happened.
I know how I felt last year at this time when Newcastle were relegated – in one word absolutely devastated (OK that’s two).
And when you go through the pain of relegation – the second one in seven years – you tend to develop just a little bit of compassion for other fans of clubs who are relegated.
Frankie Sherwood; Bradley Lowery and Hope Feeney
Those three brave little souls fighting cancer
Yes and even for Sunderland fans, one of which is my friend Peter here in Raleigh – born and bred in Sunderland just like I was born and bred in Newcastle many many moons ago.
The Sunderland fans flew a few banners over St. James’ Park in our final game last year when we took Spurs apart 5-1.
But fans were so delighted that Rafa Benitez could stay with us down below that it didn’t register too much. – well not after the 5th goal went in.
Newcastle fans will fly a banner over the Stadium of Light and a good report in the Chronicle and Mirror today says the banner is likely to be a positive one – in fact an inspiring one.
Sunderland play their last game against Swansea on May 13, and Newcastle fan Darren Curry is leading the effort and is conducting a poll on social media for what message will be on the banner.
And yes some are demeaning – or meant to be – like “enjoy the championship” and another inviting them to “enjoy Burton”.
As it turns out Burton Albion are a very decent side and a smashing little club
But there are others and here are a few of them that we are hoping will be the message:
“United by cancer divided by leagues”.
“Cancer has no colours”.
And another features the initials of those brave and inspiring cancer battlers Bradley Lowery, Hope Feeney and Frankie Sherwood with the words:
“Cancer has no colours”.
The above three messages would be inspiring and honor the three little lads fighting bravely against cancer.
This is what Newcastle fan and organizer Darren Curry from Heaton has said today:
“The two with the messages relating to cancer are the two favourites,”
“They’re sharing 75% of the vote at the minute so it will definitely be one of them.”
“We decided to put it to a vote because of all the objections we’d had from people on social media.”
“I’ve had a lot of people coming round to the idea who were objecting before – a lot of people have donated.”
The vote will close at 8:00 pm on Sunday night after we have hammered Barnsley and then the banner(s) will be ordered.
The fundraising page (where is it?) has so far raised £4,300, with £960 going towards paying for the banner and the remainder to be split between various appeals for Hope, Frankie and Bradley.
The two sets of fans were famously brought together and made national headlines when our two courageous and dedicated fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were killed when their airplane taking them to watch the lads play in New Zealand was shot down over Ukraine on July 17th, 2014.
A terrible terrible tragedy that brought the two sets of fans together.
Maybe we can do that again even in relegation for a really good and humane cause?
Citing those three brave young souls and heroes who are fighting cancer with everything they have would be a great way to do that.
Let’s make national headlines again this month for something really worthwhile!!
Let’s show some class.