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Don’t change the name!

Sun­der­land AFC sup­port­ers have said they would not want to see nam­ing rights to the Sta­dium of Light sold off by Black Cats’ bosses.

Cur­rent chair­man Ste­wart Don­ald re­vealed re­cently that the club has held talks with com­pa­nies re­gard­ing nam­ing rights of the club’s home since 1997.

But Sir Bob Mur­ray, who over­saw the club’s move from Roker Park to its new home back in 1997, said he had al­ways been against such a move and that the Sta­dium of Light was a ‘unique and in­spi­ra­tional’ name.

He said: “I felt the sta­dium name should be­long to the club and its fans rather than a cor­po­rate en­tity.”

More than 2,000 peo­ple took part in our poll ask­ing whether or not you sup­ported sell­ing off the nam­ing rights.

Of those, 66% said no and 34% yes.

Ste­wart Don­ald.

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