Cats head­ing for a Box­ing Day record

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Char­lie Methven says Sun­der­land will make a de­ci­sion next week as to whether they open the Pre­mier Con course for the visit of Brad­ford City on Box­ing Day.

The club shut the top tier of the Sta­dium of Light ahead of the cur­rent cam­paign as backto-back rel­e­ga­tions took their in­evitable toll.

But Methven set sup­port­ers an am­bi­tious chal­lenge for the fes­tive clash and the Black Cats are well on course for their big­gest at­ten­dance of the sea­son.

“Our loyal fol­low­ing has once again risen to the oc­ca­sion and that amaz­ing sup­port has al­ready seen over 30,500 home tick­ets sold, with three weeks still to go,” Methven said.

“There will be more to come over the week­end as we process the re­sults of the Gift of Foot­ball ini­tia­tive, and we are ex­pect­ing Brad­ford City to bring around 2,000 so the real run­ning to­tal is prob­a­bly more like 33,000 in all ar­eas.

“We can beat Leeds’ record by fill­ing the lower bowl plus the away fans and cor­po­rate ar­eas, but to reach 40,000 we would have to open the Pre­mier Con­course. Tony Dav­i­son and I will make a de­ci­sion on that next week.

“Beat­ing Leeds’ record isn’t just a chal­lenge for our sup­port­ers, though. I’m sure that the Brad­ford City fans wouldn’t mind be­ing able to tell their neigh­bours that they have whipped the League One at­ten­dance record away from them!

“We are go­ing to be putting on an ex­ten­sive Fan­zone, with loads of stuff for kids and sup­port­ers from both sides tak­ing each other on at five-a-side to blow away the Christ­mas cob­webs.”

Char­lie Methven.

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