SUNDERLAND’S home clash with Liverpool on March 20 is a sell-out – despite the game being on TV.
The Black Cats confirmed today that fans had snapped up all available tickets for what is their only home game in March.
And chairman Niall Quinn – taking the chance to say sorry for branding stay-away fans “despicable” in a past statement – said the turnout shows how big the club could be.
Quinn said: “There has been massive demand from fans for this game, so much so that our website crashed.
“Our ticket office has been inundated for what is a legitimate TV game early on a Sunday and yet we’ve had to turn huge numbers of supporters away - that sends a great message to the football world.
“There has been a lot of criticism directed at me for some of my recent comments but in truth they mostly came from people not connected to our club. These same people may never understand just how big we really are.
“Of course, I apologise if I offended anyone but I laid down a challenge and just look at how our fans have responded. I wholeheartedly thank everyone for giving us their backing. Put simply, this club is massive and we need to make sure now that we deliver the successful future these fans deserve.”
Sunderland have only four remaining home games following the Liverpool fixture - West Bromwich Albion (April 9), Wigan Athletic (April 23) Fulham (April 30) and Wolves (May 14).