Sunderland to hold traditional minute's silence ahead of Liverpool game

Sunderland to hold a minute's silence ahead of Liverpool game
Sunderland to hold a minute's silence ahead of Liverpool game
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Sunderland AFC will continue its long-standing tradition of observing a period of silence at the last home game of the calendar year.

The minute's silence - to be held before the home game with Liverpool at the Stadium of Light - is in memory of supporters, former players and club officials who have passed away.

It will take place just prior to kick-off as the Black Cats welcome Liverpool to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, December 30 (KO 7.45pm).

A club statement said: "The club invites both Sunderland and Liverpool fans to remember supporters who are no longer with us and also pay tribute to former Black Cats and loyal club servants who have passed away in 2015.

"Former players Marton Fulop, Danny Hegan, Henry Rich, Nick Sharkey and Alan Sproates, along with former director Frank Cronin and scout Andy King, have all sadly passed away this year.

"The club kindly asks supporters to take their seats early on the night to ensure that the silence is observed in the appropriate manner."