EAGER Sunderland fans can support their team – and a city charity – in the run-up to the Wembley cup final.
As the Black Cats gear up to take on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final, on Sunday, March 2, a graphic artist has drawn on his talents for a fund-raising idea.
Dave Wright has designed a commemorative T-shirt he hopes will prove popular among supporters preparing to make the trip to Wembley.
A Sunderland season ticket holder for more than 20 years, Dave is donating all profits from the sales of the T-shirts to 4Louis, a Wearside-based charity that supports bereaved parents.
He decided to raise funds for the charity after hearing how it supported a friend who has twice suffered the agony of losing a baby.
The T-shirts – priced £16 including delivery – feature a caricature of Sunderland boss Gus Poyet driving a coach-load of supporters to Wembley.
It also carries the slogan “We’re on the bus with Gus” – an expression latched onto by Black Cats fans, with reference to the chorus of Paul Simon’s 1975 song, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.
Dave, 33, said: “I’ve fancied releasing a T-shirt for a while, but I was not comfortable with selling them for my own gain.
“I have already taken a few orders from people, just through Facebook, and hopefully the orders will keep coming in as the days tick down to the final.
“All the money is going to the charity, I am not making a penny, and there have been no set-up costs.”
The T-shirts are being sold online at thegusbus.co.uk