Sunderland, Englands 141 year old club, played in Englands third division (League A). On Christmas Eve of 2018, 46039 fans poured into the stadium of light, which directly broke Leeds record of 38250 in 2009.
People will write in their will for their families that they want their bodies to wear red and white shirts.
In Sunderland, funeral institutions often encounter such situations. The dead are wearing red and white clothes on behalf of Sunderland, and even some people ask that the coffin be red and white, so they specially prepare a warm farewell ceremony for the loyal fans of Sunderland.
The short coffin is tightly wrapped by the red and white team emblem and the pattern of the stadium of light. Many people are strangers to each other, but they wear the same Jersey and stand on both sides of the hearse.
Sunderland fans carry Bradleys coffin
On July 14, 2017, the funeral of Bradley, a 6-year-old Sunderland fan, a week after his death. Its a working day, but many people give up their work. Thousands of unknown black cat fans (short for Sunderland fans) took to the streets, holding flowers and balloons, and watched the little angel with Sunderlands blood running away.
I just saw a stranger on the bus. He was wearing a Sunderland suit with Bradley on the back. Even though I dont know him, my throat is hoarse when I see this behind the scenes. A 47 year old Sunderland fan has been struggling for a long time and is very sad.
Sunderland is a big family, people are united. According to Hogg, the head of the funeral agency, people living here grew up watching Sunderland grow up together, not as family but as family.
When family members leave, when the club encounters difficulties, the first choice of black cat fans is to accompany each other, and their fate has long been linked together.
On the eve of Easter in 2018, at Saint Marys Cathedral in Sunderland, father mark and many black cat fans prayed for the club.
Easter is a time of wonder, a time of resurrection, with faith, hope, and the spirit of unity in this city, we will be reborn like a Phoenix, wherever we go, we will be reborn.
At that time, Sunderland had been relegated for a year, and the situation of relegation in the championship was in danger. Only by playing a good record can we avoid relegation to the championship, which also determines the future of many people.
In the club, Andy, an old fan, should have had a hip operation for a long time, but he would still be at the gate of the club, opening the door for players, coaches and staff every day. Joyce and Patrick, who work in the restaurant, are not only responsible for everyones daily meals, but also knock on coach Colemans door to remind the latter if they dont see the coach Something to eat.
If demoted, these ordinary employees who have been Sunderland fans for decades may lose their jobs.
I tossed and turned last night. I couldnt sleep. I was full of the game.
Before the game, Joyce was nervous on the bus, and she kept mentioning Easter. Like her, many Sunderland fans are looking forward to the teams rebirth from this day on.
It wasnt difficult. When she saw Sunderland break the deadlock on the bus TV, she clapped her hands excitedly, just like a child. As happy as she is, there are thousands of fans who have traveled to Derbyshire. After a 4-1 victory, they forget all the pain of this season and sing loudly:
Dont take me home - please dont take me home - I dont want to go back to work - I just want to stay here and drink all the beer - please dont take me home
Carnival after the game
In the crowded crowd, a disabled fan who came to the away field even took off his prosthesis and kept swinging with the rhythm of the music, just like using the prosthesis as a baton.
Disabled fans participate
In the stands, there are all kinds of people. Some people angrily accused the referee, took out money to satirize the black money that the judge in black received, while others silently shed tears, still unwilling to accept the cruel reality of two successive demotions in a year.
Angry Sunderland fans
Some scolded the management and the manager, Congratulations for their successful destruction of their beloved club, and some hoped Coleman could stay. After all, without financial support, it was difficult for him to carry out his own plan.
After the game, in front of the ticket window, fans who came to update season tickets formed a long line. At 230 pounds, many people take money out of their wallets without blinking an eye. Now they can only swallow the bitter fruit, because continuing to support Sunderland is the only option:
Fans who renew tickets
The family are Sunderland fans
After renewing the contract with the team for a year, the fans have more ideas.
Black cats loyalists proposed to replace the faded seats on the pitch, so before the start of the new season, the clubs players, staff and fans were all involved in this special historical process.
As a taxi driver, Peter Farrell took a break for half a day, pulling his good friend Jimmy to replace the seats. Some season ticket holders brought the old seats back home. On these seats, they experienced a lot together with the club. In just a day and a half, the stadium of light has been transformed.
Its hard for everyone to get into League one, but as long as the fans are still there, theres still a chance for everything, just like those who come to renew season tickets before the season starts:
In the League one, Sunderlands size is bound to make them a strong team.
For most of the 2018-19 season, they stayed at the top of the table, not only keeping the hope of direct promotion for a long time, but also winning the championship in England.
If we can win the championship, Sunderlands honor room will not only add a new trophy after 2007, but also add more motivation for the team to return to the championship.
For the final at Wembley, Joyce terrorizes the players at the restaurant almost every day:
If you dont win the championship, dont come back!
A lot of Sunderland fans feel the vitality of the club again. They went to the tattoo shop specially to get tattoos: my heart is always with Sunderland.
Tattoos dont celebrate. They just mean falling in love with the team
Before they went to London, some people sprayed their beards with red and white.
Thats the color of Sunderlands Jersey.
When the team arrived at Kings Cross station in London, there were already a large number of Sunderland fans waiting there.
Good luck, come on!
With the cheers, Sunderland rushed to Wembley.
Half of Sunderlands people are poor, poor, but theyre here.
As driver Peter Farrell said, the northeast of England is not a developed area, but this is the final held in Wembley. Many people have never been here with the team since they were born, so Sunderland fans will never miss it.
Wembley is the Mecca of Sunderland fans.
However, the game did not follow the process they imagined. Sunderland, who had one goal ahead, was forced to draw. Although their goal in extra time dragged the game into a penalty shoot out, they fell 12 yards in the end.
In the stands, Sunderland fans are reluctant to leave.
The old man comforted his wife: this is not the end of the world..
The regretful old lady could only watch the opponent raise the champion with red eyes and celebrate heartily. The commentator said that Sunderland still had to wait painfully for the victory of Wembley, but no one knew when Sunderland would reach the cup final next time, and no one knew whether these fans would come to Wembley next time.
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After a lot of difficulties, they reached the final of the upgrade plus and returned to Wembley. The script is the same as before, scoring early after the game, leading Sunderland failed to keep the win, was the opponent in the whistle before the final.
During the stoppage period, Charlton overtook the score. The wrinkled old lady tried to cover her ears. She didnt want to hear the big cheers from her opponents and tried to close herself up. At the final whistle, she looked up at the court and let the tears flow freely.
Its familiar, isnt it?
In the grandstand, the father holding his son tightly in his arms. At this time, nothing can cover up his sadness. The father had to take his son with him, clapping and shouting: my heart will always follow Sunderland.
One side of the Sunderland female fans for a long time can not be relieved, red eyes: why is the opponent always celebrating, why not us? The old man was speechless.
Sunderland fans waited for the clubs owner to answer the question will we get better? the latter didnt know how to answer, because this is the eighth time Sunderland has lost the upgraded play off.
Sunderland fans on their way home are speechless.
The old lady, alone, stooped, leaned on the railing and wept, her eyes already red.
The female fans in the stands still cant accept the fact of continuous failure, and the old man has to comfort her constantly. The fathers and sons figure gradually shrunk and disappeared into the crowd of Wembley.
They will all play in the League for another year.
Sunderland fans are special. They shouldnt have gone to Wembley to experience so many failures.
Because some fans suffer from heart disease, but they will stick to the stadium to support the team; some fans will stick to the radio at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday when there is no broadcast, even if there is no picture, they will jump excitedly when they hear the news of the goal.
George foster, 91, was named England Football League fan of the year at the awards Party of the season when he was relegated to Serie A.
The old man said he was happy, but if he can use the title to exchange the fate of the team to avoid relegation, the old man will agree to the deal.
Now, in his late nineties, he will accompany Sunderland to the league, but football is life.
Support Sunderland to death, right?
Yes, but I dont have much time.
Extended reading of Premier League - bogba points B fee equalizing + penalty shot being touted as the worst in 4 years by Tottenham 1-1 away from Manchester United! Tottenham Mourinho has failed in 7 games and only scored 1 point for his old team. Mourinho started: the first penalty freak VaR, the second penalty freak referee. Source: Northwest watchtower Author: the shepherd responsible editor of the ball: Xu Zexin_ BJS4919