Sunderland tickets for Newcastle derby sold-out

WENGER PRAISE ... Alan Pardew.

WENGER PRAISE ... Alan Pardew.

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SUNDERLAND will be backed by a sold-out away end for this month’s Tyne-Wear derby.

The Black Cats today confirmed that their allocation for the trip to St James’s Park on Sunday, December 21, has been taken up by supporters.

Fans with a ticket who want use to use Sunderland’s complimentary coaches are advised that they must request their pass in advance from the Stadium of Light ticket office.

Sunderland head of safety Paul Weir said: “Public transport will be extremely busy throughout the festive period and club’s complimentary bus service affords both the safest and quickest way for fans to make the journey to and from St James’ Park.

“Supporters who used the buses last season were very positive about the experience, in particular how quickly they returned to the Stadium of Light after the game. We would therefore urge fans to take advantage of this free service wherever possible.”

The East Stand concourse at the Stadium of Light will be open from 10:30am for the comfort of supporters using the bus service. Catering services will be available, along with toilet facilities, until the buses depart.