Letters, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Cheer the lads on to victory

LET’S see the whole city get behind the lads, who will be battling to bring the cup home from Wembley this Sunday.

 It would be great to see households decorate their houses, business and work places in red and white.

 I remember how the whole city was painted red and white when Sunderland reached the FA Cup final.

 The city has had a lot of knocks over the past decades, with job losses and closures. Let’s see the city have one big party this weekend and get behind our beloved football team.

 Yes, we are underdogs but – there has been many a David beat Goliath in football. No one will forget our giant killing act in 1973, when we beat one of the top teams in football in those days, Leeds United, 1-0 at Wembley.

 I was there with my father and brothers to witness one of the greatest days in the club’s history.

 I believe we can repeat that great victory and beat Manchester City. Wigan beat them in last year’s cup final – and we have beaten them in the last four seasons at the Stadium of Light. So they are far from invincible.

 My message to the red and white army travelling down to Wembley is – bring the roof down, and make some real noise.

 Take your drums, bugles, car horns, banners, flags, and let Manchester City know they are up against the best fans in the country.

 Give your all to our beloved Sunderland AFC, cheer them onto victory, and let’s see us bring the cup home to Wearside.

 Before I leave for Wembley on Sunday, I will be paying a visit to the Bob Stokoe statue, and having a quiet word with Bob to put a word in for Sunderland with the football gods to help the lads to victory!

 Ha’way, lads and lasses, cheer us on to victory.

Clive Lee

Not so caring club

SAFC states it has allocated tickets in the fairest way possible – rubbish.

 I attended all the cup games while the majority of season ticket holders sat at home and didn’t bother to turn up.

 Fans who went to all the cup games should have had first choice of tickets. That is the true fans who sat through all weathers and conditions to follow and support the team. I handed in a letter to SAFC stating my feelings and concerns regarding ticket allocation but have yet to receive a reply.

 I, for sure, will not be returning to the Stadium of Light.

 Although I support Sunderland and wish them well in all their games, I will not be putting any more of my money into the club as I feel I get nothing in return for my support.

 I also understand the club stewards have not been offered the chance to purchase a ticket either.

 Caring club? No chance.

M A Watson,

Hylton Castle

More than fair

I MUST admit to being somewhat confused by all the discussion about the fairness of the ticket allocation for the Capital One Cup Final.

 I would remind people that this season’s attendances at the Stadium of Light for this competition have been as follows:

 MK Dons – 18,992

Peterborough – 18,126

Southampton – 15,966

Chelsea – 20,731

Man Utd – 31,547

 Given that most of these attendances included a substantial number of away supporters, I would have thought that an allocation of 31,500 for the Final was more than enough to go round.

Bryan Mayhew,


Flawed thinking

ON February 18, Rod Hepplewhite wrote about how Labour was not responsible for the financial mess during its time in Government. Incredibly he even tries to blame the Shadow Chancellor.

 As usual the crash was everybody’s fault but Labour’s.

 However, not everyone agrees with this. Former Labour Minister Lord Myners said he was frustrated by his ex-colleagues “flawed thinking” on the economy.

 He went on to say: “There is nothing progressive about a government that consistently spends more than it can raise in taxation and certainly nothing progressive that endows generations to come with the liability incurred.”

 The ex-head of the Bank of England said Labour’s regulation system “failed to prevent the accumulation of risks that finally produced the crises”.

 Alistair Darling, Labour’s successor as Chancellor to Gordon Brown, said: “We were like rabbits caught in the headlights.”

 I’m sure these comments paint a truer picture of the Labour mismanagement that saw our economy plunge 7.2 per cent in the greatest financial crash since the Second World War.

Peter O’Connor,

Durham Road

Swiping at UKIP

WELL done UKIP at Wythenshawe. Another By-election second placing, following the previous four.

 No thanks, however, to the pro-EU, Brussels Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who use any opportunity to take a swipe at the nation’s fastest growing political party.

 Could this be just due to the BBC’s traditional left wing leaning, or more to do with its ongoing receipt of EU’s ‘soft loans’ (actually British taxpayers’ money), which will never be repaid, provided they toe the line on Europe?

 As a television licence payer, I expect the BBC to be politically neutral, but this is rarely the case when it features a member of UKIP.

 The ‘establishment’ and political elite keep secret the real ramifications of our signing the Lisbon Treaty, such as to our defence, foreign policy and legal system, together with moves by Brussels to regulate the City of London for its own gains.

 We were never given the facts about any of the treaties our leaders signed us up to during the last 40 years.

 Britain has already surrendered most of its Sovereign powers to a hostile, corrupt and power-mad autocracy, run by unelected, overpaid, self-important nobodies.

 British participation in an EU Army was agreed in principal at St Malo by Blair in 1998, in his desire to be seen as a ‘good European’, and presumably to further his EU career.

 The building blocks are already in place, with Germany playing a key role seeking co-operation from smaller countries in Central and Eastern Europe, and our own treaty with France. This, against a backdrop of unjustifiable cuts to Britain’s defence budget, and deserved criticism from our closest ally, the United States.

 Meanwhile, we shell out £55million a day to Brussels for EU membership, and billions in overseas aid, but struggle to fund flood defences and our own disaster relief.

 The Common Market was never about trade. We lost the right to negotiate trade agreements in 1975, when we also renounced those we had in place with our Commonwealth partners, countries we now discriminate against on immigration – what a betrayal. 

 We don’t need to be in the EU to trade with Europe, indeed, it is reckoned the EU would lose four million jobs if it ceased trading with the UK – its biggest customer.

 The retrospective referendum on continued membership of the Common Market in 1975 was a whitewash. Both Wilson and Heath (the creator of Tyne and Wear) knew it.

 Only UKIP now represents what most ordinary folk believe.

David M Caslaw TD,


Memories of Coles

MY first visit to Sunderland was to Coles Cranes in November, 1972.

 My colleague Gustav Vavra, myself, and our director were at Coles for training.

 Our instructor was Eddie Foster and his chief was Jim Dowbie.

 We stayed in Sunderland for 14 days, but visited Coles a few times after that for further training.

 I am now 70 and would like to contact Eddie Foster and his wife Brenda. They lived outside Sunderland and had two sons Stuart and George.

 If anyone knows of their whereabouts, they can contact me at Unkovice 143, 664 63, Czech Republic, or ring +420 608366566 or email leoduchon@seznam.cz. Many thanks for your help.

Leopold Duchon