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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:00 PM   #21
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On another note, does anyone agree it's worth raising the profile of the question of an SAFC club shop in the city centre? Quinny and the club board would be a good place to start, and possibly Land Securities to garner some background info?
Good idea, marra it seems crazy that we make do with a little section in Debenhams.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:01 PM   #22
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Good idea, marra it seems crazy that we make do with a little section in Debenhams.
The site at Sainsbury's in Washington is bigger and better than the Debenhams section.

Once there's one at the Bridges maybe we can look further afield - Metrocentre or Northumberland Street possibly?
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:29 PM   #23
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The site at Sainsbury's in Washington is bigger and better than the Debenhams section.

Once there's one at the Bridges maybe we can look further afield - Metrocentre or Northumberland Street possibly?

Yeah I think a shop in the Bridges would be welcome by most supporters, --btw, didn't we used to have a shop in the Metro Centre?
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #24
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I don't remember one, but other posters might. It wouldn't be too much of a surprise, when the Metrocentre attracts people from all across the region, and would cater particularly for Sunderland fans in County Durham and Tyneside who might not make Sunderland city centre their first port of call for shopping.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 10:41 PM   #25
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There was a SAFC store in the metro centre and it closed down. From my memory it is where Lush is now?

Sunderland Fans on Tyneside would be a fairly small proportion I would reckon really. Maybe a store in South Shields would work better.

To be honest the only people who would put Sunderland as their first choice for a shopping spree would people from Sunderland. Tynesiders would choose superior Newcastle city centre or the metro centre, and those from outside Tyne and Wear- who would more than likely be driving would go to the Metro Centre with the free car parking.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 10:53 PM   #26
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Yeah you guys had one in the MC, not far from the NUFC store if my memory serves me correct, but it was closed down the first time you guys were relegated a few years back. I don't see why you could sustain a small store in Ireland (Dublin) with your recent fan base there, likeswise I don't see why Newcastle can't sustain one in Scotland since we are the 3rd best supported team there.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 01:37 AM   #27
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One in Shields isn't a bad idea, nor is one in Durham City. As you say, there's not too many SAFC fans on Tyneside (South Shields and Jarrow excluded), but there are in County Durham, certainly in the former Easington, Sedgefield, Derwentside and City of Durham districts), so perhaps there'd also be a market for a club shop at Dalton Park rather than the Metrocentre.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 01:39 AM   #28
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Yeah you guys had one in the MC, not far from the NUFC store if my memory serves me correct, but it was closed down the first time you guys were relegated a few years back. I don't see why you could sustain a small store in Ireland (Dublin) with your recent fan base there, likeswise I don't see why Newcastle can't sustain one in Scotland since we are the 3rd best supported team there.
Not so sure about Dublin - I think the main thrust of the Irish support was from the Cork area owing almost entirely to the Keano factor, though this has now receded somewhat (though not entirely).

As for your latter assertion, is there any source for this claim?
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Old January 28th, 2010, 05:27 AM   #29
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Not so sure about Dublin - I think the main thrust of the Irish support was from the Cork area owing almost entirely to the Keano factor, though this has now receded somewhat (though not entirely).

As for your latter assertion, is there any source for this claim?
Various surves have said this, can't give a link but it is pretty much a fact, if you go to sports shops in Scotland it will have Rangers, Celtic, and Newcastle tops in the majority, same as watching local people play football, it will be with a mix of Rangers, Celtic, and Newcastle tops on the pitch. If I find any links to back it up I will post it here, but right now it's too early in the morning for me to be messing on with all of that. I do agree that Sunderland should look into the feasibility of opening a store in say Dalton park.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 08:21 AM   #30
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Not so sure about Dublin - I think the main thrust of the Irish support was from the Cork area owing almost entirely to the Keano factor, though this has now receded somewhat (though not entirely).

As for your latter assertion, is there any source for this claim?
This Scots connection is a new one on me. SAFC have always had support throughout Ireland but it peaked with the Keano years. You still see people from Dublin Cork Kerry etc in Doyles, Deptford for some home games.

The SAFC shop in the Metro Centre was closed as part of the cutbacks when we got relegated to the championship.
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I reckon that a SAFC shop in the Bridges, and one in South Shields would be welcome for a lot of supporters, ---and possibly at Dalton Park as has been mentioned.
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Norman Mason has his sticky little fingers in too many pies, he'll have 'found' the money from somewhere to pay his tax bill and allow the shops to re-open.
At least its providing work for people on Wearside.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 01:05 AM   #33
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I reckon that a SAFC shop in the Bridges, and one in South Shields would be welcome for a lot of supporters, ---and possibly at Dalton Park as has been mentioned.

I would agree with that together with having one in the centre of Durham.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #34
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At least its providing work for people on Wearside.
Aye, the tax man.
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Aye, the tax man.

Did the Tax man get their money?---and do you know if Mr Mason still owns Race Horse's,? cheers.
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I would agree with that together with having one in the centre of Durham.

I thought there was one in Durham?
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I thought there was one in Durham?
There is no offical SAFC shop in Durham.
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There is no offical SAFC shop in Durham.
I'm mistaken, ---can't think where I thought there was a SAFC shop their.
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I'm mistaken, ---can't think where I thought there was a SAFC shop their.

Used to be one in the Metro Cente, South Shields near the market together with 3 in Sunderland city centre ones at different times ie Market Sq beside Jackie Whites Market and near Tescos in the Bridges.
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Used to be one in the Metro Cente, South Shields near the market together with 3 in Sunderland city centre ones at different times ie Market Sq beside Jackie Whites Market and near Tescos in the Bridges.
Yeah, --I remember the ones in the City Centre, ---still think it would be worth bring one back --say in the Bridges.
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