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February 16, 2009

I can never bring myself to watch the FA Cup when Sunderland has been knocked out. In recent years, this has meant I've lost interest in the competition before it gets to February due to our awful recent record.

This doesn't mean I don't care about the competition. Far from it. In fact, it's the complete opposite. The FA Cup is the greatest club competition in the world and has provided me with some wonderful memories.

However, in recent years clubs have refused to give the FA Cup the respect it deserves and I include Sunderland as one of them.

February 9, 2009

Season ticket prices have been reduced to as low as £1 per game by Sunderland Chairman, Niall Quinn, in an effort to beat the credit crunch and create a new generation of Black Cats fans.

Prices for an under-16's season ticket at the Stadium of Light next season will be an unbelievable £19. Adults' season tickets will be available from £350 and all season tickets will be reduced by at least £30 - a move that has been hailed by fans and confirmed Quinn's legendary status on Wearside.

The city of Sunderland has not escaped the financial troubles affecting Britain and, in a part of the country that lives for their football, it is excellent news for families wanting to follow their team at a price they can afford.

Lars Knutsen Lars Knutsen was born in Sunderland of Norwegian parents across the Wear from the SSOL back when shipbuilding not car manufacture was the city’s main industry. His first game was in 1968 and he has followed the Black Cats since then, with great memories of the 1973 FA Cup. He hopes the “yo-yo” days are over and defines supporting a team by whether the result affects your mood (but maybe not in the way portrayed in the book “Fever Pitch”!) so has been cheerful recently. He endured school in Newc**tle, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, a Professorship at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and works in the Pharma industry as a consultant Medicinal Chemist.

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