Black Cats fans asked to back Non-League Day.
The Barclays Premier League is taking a break this weekend while Sunderland’s star internationals, including Scotland’s Steven Fletcher and England’s Adam Johnson, represent their countries.
Non-league clubs in the north-east, and around England, are taking advantage of this gap in the top-flight football calendar to encourage fans to support their local sides through Non-League Day.
Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, who is also first-team coach at non-league side Kingstonian, is an ambassador for the event this year.
In previous years, attendance at non-league matches is reported to have increased by up to 30%, with fans using their ‘spare’ weekend to help out local clubs.
There are several traditional 3pm kick-offs to be enjoyed in the region this Saturday (October 13), including Sunderland Ryhope CA hosting Bishop Auckland, Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA facing Stockton Ancients and South Shields playing Shildon at home.
In the Blue Square Bet Premier, the top tier of non-league football, Gateshead host Cambridge United at the International Stadium.
Non-League Day founder James Doe said: “It’s great to see so many people getting behind the clubs in their community. So many people put so much time and effort into keeping these clubs and their facilities alive.
Fans can find their nearest game by typing their postcode into the interactive search tool on www.nonleagueday.co.uk, which will provide an interactive map with details of the closest non-league fixture.
Fans can also follow @Non_League_Day on Twitter for all the latest news around the country.