Fans' groups back free buses

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by Stuart Vose

Complimentary transport scheme for cup tie proving popular.

Fans’ groups have thrown their weight behind the club’s decision to offer free transport to fans looking to attend the upcoming Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester United.

Sunderland will travel to Old Trafford on January 22 holding a one-goal lead following the Black Cats’ 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light earlier this week.

Putting on free transport for fans is a great gesture from the club and it helps cover the cost of the trip because the match tickets can be expensive

- Martyn McFadden, ALS

The semi-final is the club’s first in this competition since 1999 and demand for tickets for the return trip to the north west has been high.

And fans have the option of travelling on a fleet of FREE coaches laid on by the club, who are also covering the cost of official supporters’ branch buses as well as those organised by the likes of the Supporters’ Assocation, A Love Supreme and 73.

Overall, it is anticipated that more than 150 free buses will make the trip to Manchester.

Editor of A Love Supreme, Martyn McFadden, said: “Putting on free transport for fans is a great gesture from the club and it helps cover the cost of the trip because the match tickets can be expensive.

“Thanks to this initiative, we will still be running ALS buses from the SoL and they will also be free of charge, as will the Supporters’ Branch buses.

“I’m sure we’ll now sell out our allocation and do our best to roar the team on at Old Trafford to get the result we need to reach a Wembley final.”

Meanwhile, editor in chief of Seventy3, Mal Robinson, described the announcement as a “superb gesture by the club” at a time of year when money is short.

“The free buses will enable a lot of supporters to attend and cheer their team on in a game that sees the club 90 minutes from Wembley,” he added.

“It will be an awe-inspiring sight to see 9,000 Sunderland fans in Manchester. Well done Sunderland AFC.”