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Sunderland owner makes plea to supporters

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has made a plea to supporters on social media site Twitter.

Over 28,000 supporters are expected to fill the Stadium of Light for tomorrow’s match against Southend United, however Donald wants 7,000 more to turn up, taking the potential attendance to 35,000.

According to transfermarkt, the biggest attendance for in League One is currently 38,256 set by Leeds United and Gillingham back in 2008. Others bigger than that varied between 41,000 and 75,000, which were from the playoff finals.

The Black Cats have already smashed through the 30,000 barrier twice this season. The first being their opening televised game of the season, beating Charlton in front of 31,075. The second was their highest, this time against Oxford United witnessed by 32,193.


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Sunderland go into their match tomorrow against Southend on the back of a win at Doncaster on Tuesday, taking them up to third in the table.

In their way is Peterborough United and league leaders Portsmouth. Both have played one more game (fifteen) than the Wearsiders. The Posh are one point ahead, Pompey however are five points clear of third.


After owner Stewart Donald pleaded with fans to raise the attendance for tomorrow’s game from 28,000 to 35,000, many supporters replied saying that they would be there, a couple from long distances, some joked that there would even be a few Newcastle fans in attendance to help boost the numbers – take a look at that reaction on the next page.


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