Young Sunderland fans’ take in their first match

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SUNDERLAND’S opener may not have returned the result Black Cats fans wanted, but it was a day to remember for youngsters enjoying their first ever game.

We asked you to send in snaps of children enjoying their first match, and new season ticket holders George Ollier, eight, and sister Lucy, five, were quick to let us know.

Mum Denise, who went to her first football match too, said: “We have been living overseas for the past five years, as their dad John is in the RAF.

“This is the first chance they have had to go to a Sunderland match after moving back to the area, and they were very excited.’’

Rhys Cauwood, five, from Fulwell, was also snapped at the game against Fulham, as was Tyler Fergus, who attended his first game on Saturday with dad Stephen just a week before his first birthday.

Jamie Coates, six, and sister Nicole, seven, from Red House, were also pictured in their new away strip.

While almost 44,000 passed through the turnstiles for Saturday’s kick off, one follower was unable to make it for the match because he was on honeymoon. Other families got in touch to share their children’s first experiences of the Stadium of Light.

Proud dad Damian Kelf, from Doxford, sent in this photograph of his six-year-old daughter Noelia, a pupil at St Leonard’s in Silksworth, at her first visit to the ground when the team took on Spurs last December.

Gary Winship, 37, from Neville’s Cross in Durham, sent us a photo of his daughter Charlotte, seven, ahead of the weekend.

He said: “We can’t get there so I’ve sent a picture of my daughter Charlotte at her first game last year versus Liverpool on her 6th birthday. This is her in Ellis Short’s seat before the game.”

James Dylan Haswell’s photo was sent in by his father Richard and was taken at his first match, which saw Sunderland beat Derby 2-1, when James was three.

Now the 10-year-old, who lives in Silksworth and attends Fulwell Junior School, is a season ticket holder alongside his dad.