'Best fans in the world!': 11 things you said after Sunderland register the THIRD highest crowd in the country

Sunderland fans made history at the Stadium of Light as they set a new League One attendance record.

Wednesday, 26th December 2018, 4:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 8:55 pm
Sunderland fans have reacted to a historic crowd at the Stadium of Light

46,093 fans packed into the ground to watch the Black Cats take on Bradford, smashing the previous third tier attendance record set by Leeds United in 2008.

The crowd surpassed Charlie Methven's initial target of 40,000 and helped the Black Cats to have the third highest crowd on Boxing Day - beaten only by Manchester United and Liverpool.

Indeed, there were more fans at the Stadium of Light than at Wembley to watch Tottenham take on Bournemouth.

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And fans were quick to react to the historic attendance on Twitter - here's the best of the social media reaction:

@MrsJudeElliott posted: "Absolutely loved seeing the SoL that full again today...same again on Saturday everyone"

@JClay05 added: "McGeady was class, O'Nien great at RB again, Power calming influence in MF. Would just like to see them have that killer instinct for a little longer. A 2nd goal would've made for a much easier 2nd half. Regardless, so happy for the 46K fans and players for getting 3 pts!"

@DogLayer declared: "We are enormous!"

@JonnyCollins18 tweeted: "Was absolutely quality today, loved every minute if the match like, fans were class. Buzzing with the points anarll"

@gpetersmith commented: "Proud of my home town fans. Absolutely crazy. 46000 at a league one game...."

@buntingfootball said: "2 games in hand today has been near enough perfect for the boys but main thing is got our own job done"

@LDoubleE_87 said: "Great win in front of 46k, finally feel like this club is getting back on its feet...and it’s as you were at the top GERRRIN!!"

@adam_theaker added: "Bigger crowd at Sunderland than at Wembley today. Incredible. Massive 3 points. Should of killed the game off a lot earlier. Watmore is going to terrify sides at this level."

@leeroy1984 posted: "46,000 fans at the stadium of light watching #safc vs Bradford in league 1! Spurs playing at Wembley in the premier league and there’s 45,000 fans! Let that sink in! #bestfansintheworld"

@H_Thompson5 tweeted: "We’ve got our club back!"

@ALS_Fanzine said: "Brilliant to see the stadium that full today and some extra fans that we hope to see back at the SoL."