Sunderland fans urged to get behind team despite threat of relegation

01 March 2010 11:16
Quinn urged Wearsiders to continue backing the club which has now gone exactly 100 days since its last Premier League victory as Sunderland announced details of a package of incentives for next term's season tickets as the prospect of a return to the Championship grows.

The popular Irishman made the plea for supporters to remain faithful following the 0-0 draw with Fulham that left his club hovering just three points above the relegation zone that extended Sunderland's sequence of games without a win to 14.

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'Our attendances are already among some of the highest in the top flight but it's my goal to see this stadium full to the rafters for every game.

'We're making progress and that is in no small part is down to our supporters. I'm looking forward to 2010-11 and the sharing the next part of the journey with them.'

Quinn looked anxious when television cameras focused on him at the end of the Fulham game but today it was business as usual as he appealed for supporters to pledge their loyalty to the club he runs for Irish-American owner Ellis Short.

Despite the investments of tens of millions of pounds by Short the club's future is now looking uncertain thanks to manager Steve Bruce's inability to inspire his team to victory so Quinn will know that he is asking fans to take a leap of faith over season-tickets.

The former Republic of Ireland international added: 'I believe we've achieved a good balance with our prices between keeping football affordable and bringing in the revenue we need to help us continue to progress and improve on and off the field and I hope this will encourage even more fans to join us for the 2010-11 season.

'We've continued our ethos of welcoming families and young supporters with a realistic pricing structure.

'For an under 16 to be able to attend a game for less than £3 represents fantastic value for money and is something that I'm sure will help us to welcome the next generation of Sunderland supporters to the Stadium of Light.'

The club have created an incentive for Sunderland supporters to part with their hard-earned cash with those who commit to renew an existing seat or to purchase a new season card by April 3 can secure a whole season of football at the Stadium of Light at 2007-08 prices.

The initiative means seats for under 16s will be available from only £49 - less than £3 a game. Adult seats will be priced from £380 and reduced prices are also available for over 65s and under 22s, starting at £265.

Source: Telegraph