Sunderland announce second pre-season friendly - with a trip to a new stadium on the cards

Sunderland will face York City ahead of the new League One season.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 5:36 pm

The Black Cats will travel to the Minstermen’s new LNER Community Stadium on Wednesday, July 21.

Kick-off is at 7pm – with York City saying that ticketing details will be released ‘in due course’.

It is the second pre-season friendly confirmed by Sunderland so far, with Lee Johnson’s side also set to travel to Spennymoor Town on July 3 – in what is set to be their first friendly.

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Sunderland announce second pre-season friendly - with a trip to a new stadium on the cards
Sunderland announce second pre-season friendly - with a trip to a new stadium on the cards

Sunderland are also considering a tour to Scotland, which Johnson feels would allow some much-needed interaction with the club’s supporters.

It could allow Sunderland to fulfil a clause inserted in the deal which brought Ross Stewart to Wearside – which means a friendly at Ross County will have to be played in the coming years.

“It's difficult to know what to do for pre-season at the moment given the situation, but of course we have to do some planning,” said Johnson.

“We've talked about a few things, one of those being a visit to Scotland.

“One of the things I want is a bit of interaction with the fans, so I thought that if we went to Scotland we might take a few up there.

“At some point over the next couple of years, as part of the deal that brought Ross Stewart to us, we will play Ross County at their place and that will be a consideration.

“Saying that, I think their fixtures start early and given the amount of our players whose contracts expired, we have to get the right amount of people through the door to make it effective.”

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