Sunderland fans aimed a dig at bitter rivals Newcastle this afternoon – by flying a plane with a banner message over St. James’s Park this afternoon.
Newcastle are currently playing their last game of the Premier League season at St. James’s against Tottenham this afternoon just a few days after being relegated from the top-flight.
Sunderland’s 3-0 midweek win at home to Everton was enough to condemn both Newcastle and Norwich to Championship football next season, but merely winning on the pitch apparently didn’t give enough satisfaction to the Black Cats supporters.
A group of fans decided to chip in and hire a small aircraft to fly above the Magpies ground, and really rub salt into the wounds:
Busy afternoon, putting together a banner for St James Park tomorrow afternoon! pic.twitter.com/kBgZVod3yG
— AirAds (@AirAds2) May 14, 2016
Here's the banner that some Sunderland fans flew over St James Park today pic.twitter.com/ZvlqtU8zSQ
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) May 15, 2016
Sunderland Banner over St James Park pic.twitter.com/mRUVrFU4hK
— Away Day Bible (@AwayDayBible) May 15, 2016
The stunt took place after a crowdfunding page was created on gofundme.com on Thursday by “SAFC AWAY DAYS”, with the stated aim of the project being to “organise a fly past banner over St James’ Park to allow us to say bye to our neighbours for a little while”.
Four donations have been made, with an anonymous one of just over £1,000 accounting for virtually the whole of the total amount raised. The page says £900 will be for the aircraft trailing the banner, with the rest going to charity.
Who says football fans can’t be mature and grown up, eh?