Sunderland pays tribute to the pit with new kit
1:39pm 10th September 2017
(Updated 1:56pm 10th September 2017)
The Black Cats third kit has been revealed, paying homage to Wearside's mining heritage.
Sunderland supporter Barry Collinson worked in the pit for 11 years and now works for his club, he commented on his part in the launch:
“I worked in the Wearmouth Colliery for 11 years and have worked at the Stadium of Light since 2008, where I’m a maintenance operative in the facilities department.
“I’m very proud to have been a miner and to now work at Sunderland AFC, I feel a special bond to this place and as a Sunderland fan, it’s an honour to be involved in the kit launch and to take part in the photoshoot at Beamish Museum, which brought back some special memories. This new kit will be a hit with our supporters and I’m sure it will bring the team luck”.
The Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band wore the new shirt as they filled the stadium with music, Alan Cummings, secretary of the Durham Miners' Association said:
"Sunderland is a team and club built on foundations of coal. Generations of miners toiled beneath the ground the Stadium of Light now stands upon and on Saturday's they'd be at the match, supporting their beloved team.
“We welcome the fact that the heritage of miners and mining communities has been honoured in the design of the new kit. It helps to keep our unique culture alive."
The shirt can be purchased at www.safcstore.com or at the club stores.