Show your Sunderland colours for derby day

Katrina Quinn (left)  SAFC Foundation events co-ordinator and Simon Grundy of Sun FM and staff at First2Print  'Showing their Colours' at the Business and Innovatiuon  Centre Southwick, Sunderland on Monday.
Katrina Quinn (left) SAFC Foundation events co-ordinator and Simon Grundy of Sun FM and staff at First2Print 'Showing their Colours' at the Business and Innovatiuon Centre Southwick, Sunderland on Monday.
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FOOTBALL fans brought a splash of a colour to a city printing firm.

Workers at First 2 Print in Sunderland were showing their colours in the run up to Sunday’s derby clash with Newcastle.

Staff at the firm in the North East BIC donned their favourite teams’ shirts to show their support and help raise funds for the SAFC Foundation.

Managing director Martyn Young, from Houghton, pulled on his Black Cats’ kit to pose with the original Black Cat, SAFC mascot Delilah.

He said: “We do a lot with the Foundation. It’s a very good cause, a local cause and something where we can give something back to the area.

“We have got some Newcastle supporters and there’s a bit of banter every day.”

Wearsiders are all being encouraged to get involved and wear football strips from any team for a day this week, to build up the excitement ahead of Sunday’s match.

People wanting to take part are asked to donate £1. To register, visit www.sun-fm.com or phone 551 5135.

Black Cat fans heading to the match are being advised to arrive early for the sell-out game.

Security has been beefed up to ensure supporters’ safety and turnstiles will be open from noon for the 1.30pm kick-off.

Access to the North Stand will be limited for SAFC fans, with safety segregation in place as police escort Newcastle supporters from their buses to turnstiles.

Sunderland supporters seated in the lower North Stand will be able to gain entry to the stadium via the East or West Stand, as well as their usual turnstiles.

Police segregations will be in operation both before and after kick-off, meaning no vehicle access via the north road parallel to the Aquatic Centre.

At final whistle, Sunderland supporters in the North Stand can leave the ground via the exit points in the stand for a five-minute period.

After that, a diversion will be in place to exits in both the East and West stands.

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