Salop haven’t visited Sunderland for some time, and the scale of the Stadium of Light is a surprise.
Visible for some distance, including from the Queen Alexandra Bridge which I came across whilst trying to work out the matchday park & ride services – which is actually a really good service, and free.
Indeed, Salop’s poor drawing power meant the match fee was only £10 and the programme only £2 – so just a cheap date in Sunderland.
Away fans watch the game from quite high up and the mist from the Wearmouth was actually below us during the game.
The seating throughout the stadium is a faded red, and the surprise is that the stadium is already nearly 19 years old.
Outside, it’s very unthreatening and there was pre-match entertainment laid on. Thankfully, Salop fans didn’t respond to requests from the M.C. to show their presence – we’d have had to sing “China in your hand”.