Postcard from Hong Kong: Chris Young’s SAFC tour diary

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UNDER a neon-illuminated sky, the oppressive air-conditioning dries away the beads of sweat derived from a rather vigorous stroll that by-passed clusters of “attentive” ladies en route to the hotel.

Quite an image isn’t it?

But that’s the back-drop as I scribe a first progress report on life in Hong Kong with a jet-lag warped log that hasn’t been helped by deciding to sample the local speciality of lung. I’m not sure whether it was pig, cow or dog lung, but more on that later.

Predictably, I am not alone in following Sunderland’s every footstep, with more than 200 from Wearside braving the multiple stop journey to the Far East.

It’s a staggering turn-out and Sunderland are prudently attempting to engage with supporters, beginning with an open training session at the Hong Kong Stadium today.

The club have certainly shown more respect to supporters than Tottenham, who are rumoured to be charging for meet and greet sessions with their players.

Given the level of enthusiasm for the Premier League out here, they will inevitably turn a quick buck too.