Away Day Guide – Sunderland
Our midweek FA Cup replay is a journey not for the faint-hearted, but our eternal respect goes out to fans making the journey. Here’s our away day guide.
Anyone wishing to join the hardy 500 Fulham fans who have already booked their spot in the away end at the Stadium of Light have until 5pm this afternoon to buy a ticket from the Fulham ticket office. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £5 for concessions.
GETTING TO THE STADIUM OF LIGHT
Take the Durham/Sunderland exit from Junction 62 of the A1 and follow the A690 towards Sunderland. After about eight miles, turn left at the roundabout and join the A19 (Tyne Tunnel). Remain in the left hand land and take the second slip road towards Sunderland (following signs for the Stadium of the Light, A1231 Sunderland). Cross the bridge over the River Wear and turn right on the A1231.
Continue straight over four roundabouts into Sunderland and through two sets of traffic lights – ensuring you head straight on towards Roker instead of the city centre and, approximately a mile after the traffic lights, the Stadium of Light car park will be on your right.
Fulham fans should note that there is extremely limited parking at the Stadium of Light and the surrounding residential streets are part of a strictly enforced residents’ parking zone. Drivers can park at the Stadium of Light Metro station (£4), at the Sunderland Enterprise Park park and ride scheme off the A1231 or at the Wearmouth Colliery Welfare (see away pubs) for free.
Supporters arriving at Sunderland train station will need to walk about fifteen minutes to reach the Stadium of Light. Turn right out of the station and head between the gap between JJB Sports and a nail bar. Within around a hundred metres, the Stadium of Light will become visible over Wearmouth Bridge. Head over the bridge, turn left onto Millennium Way and the away entrance will be directly in front of you. Alternatively, a taxi from the station to the ground will cost around £5.
Any fans making the journey via Newcastle should travel to either the Stadium of Light or St. Peter’s metro stations, which are a short walk from the stadium. St. Peter’s is the closer of the two.
The official club coaches will leave Motspur Park and Craven Cottage at midday on Wednesday.
Two social clubs within a five minute walk of the Stadium of Light enthusiastically welcome away fans. Both The Sunderland Companions Club (39-41 North Bridge Street, SR5 1AH) and The New Democratic Club (34 North Bridge Street, SR5 1AH) get very busy on a matchday but they are exceptionally friendly venues offering an excellent selection of low-priced ales.
The Albion (Victor Street, SR6 0EN) is a five minute walk from the Stadium of Light and welcomes visiting fans – often laying on some snacks. The Colliery Tavern (12 Southwick Road, SR5 1EQ) has also previously enthusiastically welcomed Fulham fans and has very reasonably priced food.
The aforementioned Wearmouth Colliery Welfare (Thompson Road, SR5 2SD) has reached out to the Trust to advise us that they are situated within ten minutes walk of the away entrance and as well as providing free parking their most expensive pint is priced at a remarkable £3.09. The club will open at 5pm.
The Harbour View (1 Benedict Road, SR6 0NX) might be further away from the Stadium of Light but does offer breathtaking views of the coast and superb real ale, good food and big screen televisions.
Alternatively, the nearest Wetherspoons option is The William Jamieson (30-32 Fawcett Street, SR1 1RH) in Sunderland which gets very busy, but they do employ extra staff on a matchday to keep waiting times down.
Alcohol is available in the stadium with Carling lager (£4), Carling cider (£3.80), Worthington’s (£3.80), a wide array of wines (£3.90) as well as two pies and pints for £12.