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Post  cyprussyd on Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:03 am

In these times of never ending suffering I want to share with you all the story of Ash, a man who sits next to me on our ride to and from games and a man who, IMO deserves the 70 grand a week Rodwell is on.

Ash is in his late 60's, multiple health issues, lives in the same council house he has lived in for years with his wife and has a daughter and grandson, typical of many. Ash has never held a driving licence, is not wealthy and gets full use from his bus pass.

He goes to every Sunderland game, home, away and cup and every under 23 game at Eppleton, he has done for most of his life.

We know the bus is due when we see him turn the corner, same dark trousers, Sunderland scarf round his neck and Asda carrier bag full of his medication and inhaler.

There are games, like Wednesday nights, when we don't have a bus going but that never stops Ash. Our branch secretary Jim ill phone around other branches to find a bus and book Ash on, Chester Le Street bus sees Ash walk to the A1 slip road to be collected and walk back when dropped off. South Shields sees him catch a bus to Peterlee and wait at the A19 slip road and a late bus or taxi home. Jim could not find a bus for Wednesday but Ash got his ticket on Saturday and will get there by bus and train, no idea how he gets back.

I talk to Ash a lot and often ask the same question, why? I always get the same answer,"It's what fans do". Well I consider myself a good fan but I always tell Ash it's not what I could or would do.

There are many like Ash at Sunderland and indeed other clubs, loyal, dedicated men and woman who just turn up no matter what because it's what supporters do.

I wish the Shorts and many players in the leagues could meet with the Ash's of this world and see that dedication, that love and that matter of fact,"Well it's what supporters do". 

Many will think Ash is mad, daft, stupid or even sad but he is happy and simply gives the club his life and his wife and family understand that. He never thinks himself better than me and you, he just cant understand us and why we would want to miss out on following the club. He sees the bad and hurts like us all but will just carry on whatever the future holds because its just what supporters do.

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Post  Billy D on Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:16 am

cyprussyd wrote:In these times of never ending suffering I want to share with you all the story of Ash, a man who sits next to me on our ride to and from games and a man who, IMO deserves the 70 grand a week Rodwell is on.

Ash is in his late 60's, multiple health issues, lives in the same council house he has lived in for years with his wife and has a daughter and grandson, typical of many. Ash has never held a driving licence, is not wealthy and gets full use from his bus pass.

He goes to every Sunderland game, home, away and cup and every under 23 game at Eppleton, he has done for most of his life.

We know the bus is due when we see him turn the corner, same dark trousers, Sunderland scarf round his neck and Asda carrier bag full of his medication and inhaler.

There are games, like Wednesday nights, when we don't have a bus going but that never stops Ash. Our branch secretary Jim ill phone around other branches to find a bus and book Ash on, Chester Le Street bus sees Ash walk to the A1 slip road to be collected and walk back when dropped off. South Shields sees him catch a bus to Peterlee and wait at the A19 slip road and a late bus or taxi home. Jim could not find a bus for Wednesday but Ash got his ticket on Saturday and will get there by bus and train, no idea how he gets back.

I talk to Ash a lot and often ask the same question, why? I always get the same answer,"It's what fans do". Well I consider myself a good fan but I always tell Ash it's not what I could or would do.

There are many like Ash at Sunderland and indeed other clubs, loyal, dedicated men and woman who just turn up no matter what because it's what supporters do.

I wish the Shorts and many players in the leagues could meet with the Ash's of this world and see that dedication, that love and that matter of fact,"Well it's what supporters do". 

Many will think Ash is mad, daft, stupid or even sad but he is happy and simply gives the club his life and his wife and family understand that. He never thinks himself better than me and you, he just cant understand us and why we would want to miss out on following the club. He sees the bad and hurts like us all but will just carry on whatever the future holds because its just what supporters do.
Nice story that Syd, he sounds like a top bloke.
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Post  cyprussyd on Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:18 am

Billy D wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:In these times of never ending suffering I want to share with you all the story of Ash, a man who sits next to me on our ride to and from games and a man who, IMO deserves the 70 grand a week Rodwell is on.

Ash is in his late 60's, multiple health issues, lives in the same council house he has lived in for years with his wife and has a daughter and grandson, typical of many. Ash has never held a driving licence, is not wealthy and gets full use from his bus pass.

He goes to every Sunderland game, home, away and cup and every under 23 game at Eppleton, he has done for most of his life.

We know the bus is due when we see him turn the corner, same dark trousers, Sunderland scarf round his neck and Asda carrier bag full of his medication and inhaler.

There are games, like Wednesday nights, when we don't have a bus going but that never stops Ash. Our branch secretary Jim ill phone around other branches to find a bus and book Ash on, Chester Le Street bus sees Ash walk to the A1 slip road to be collected and walk back when dropped off. South Shields sees him catch a bus to Peterlee and wait at the A19 slip road and a late bus or taxi home. Jim could not find a bus for Wednesday but Ash got his ticket on Saturday and will get there by bus and train, no idea how he gets back.

I talk to Ash a lot and often ask the same question, why? I always get the same answer,"It's what fans do". Well I consider myself a good fan but I always tell Ash it's not what I could or would do.

There are many like Ash at Sunderland and indeed other clubs, loyal, dedicated men and woman who just turn up no matter what because it's what supporters do.

I wish the Shorts and many players in the leagues could meet with the Ash's of this world and see that dedication, that love and that matter of fact,"Well it's what supporters do". 

Many will think Ash is mad, daft, stupid or even sad but he is happy and simply gives the club his life and his wife and family understand that. He never thinks himself better than me and you, he just cant understand us and why we would want to miss out on following the club. He sees the bad and hurts like us all but will just carry on whatever the future holds because its just what supporters do.
Nice story that Syd, he sounds like a top bloke.
He is Billy.

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Re: Story of a super fan.

Post  Vincemac on Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:51 am

cyprussyd wrote:
Billy D wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:In these times of never ending suffering I want to share with you all the story of Ash, a man who sits next to me on our ride to and from games and a man who, IMO deserves the 70 grand a week Rodwell is on.

Ash is in his late 60's, multiple health issues, lives in the same council house he has lived in for years with his wife and has a daughter and grandson, typical of many. Ash has never held a driving licence, is not wealthy and gets full use from his bus pass.

He goes to every Sunderland game, home, away and cup and every under 23 game at Eppleton, he has done for most of his life.

We know the bus is due when we see him turn the corner, same dark trousers, Sunderland scarf round his neck and Asda carrier bag full of his medication and inhaler.

There are games, like Wednesday nights, when we don't have a bus going but that never stops Ash. Our branch secretary Jim ill phone around other branches to find a bus and book Ash on, Chester Le Street bus sees Ash walk to the A1 slip road to be collected and walk back when dropped off. South Shields sees him catch a bus to Peterlee and wait at the A19 slip road and a late bus or taxi home. Jim could not find a bus for Wednesday but Ash got his ticket on Saturday and will get there by bus and train, no idea how he gets back.

I talk to Ash a lot and often ask the same question, why? I always get the same answer,"It's what fans do". Well I consider myself a good fan but I always tell Ash it's not what I could or would do.

There are many like Ash at Sunderland and indeed other clubs, loyal, dedicated men and woman who just turn up no matter what because it's what supporters do.

I wish the Shorts and many players in the leagues could meet with the Ash's of this world and see that dedication, that love and that matter of fact,"Well it's what supporters do". 

Many will think Ash is mad, daft, stupid or even sad but he is happy and simply gives the club his life and his wife and family understand that. He never thinks himself better than me and you, he just cant understand us and why we would want to miss out on following the club. He sees the bad and hurts like us all but will just carry on whatever the future holds because its just what supporters do.
Nice story that Syd, he sounds like a top bloke.
He is Billy.
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Post  canary-dave on Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:16 am

I concur with Billy, I would be just the same apart from financial constraints.   like

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Post  gil t azell on Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:19 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ wot CD said.
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Post  sunderpitt on Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:20 pm

cyprussyd wrote:In these times of never ending suffering I want to share with you all the story of Ash, a man who sits next to me on our ride to and from games and a man who, IMO deserves the 70 grand a week Rodwell is on.

Ash is in his late 60's, multiple health issues, lives in the same council house he has lived in for years with his wife and has a daughter and grandson, typical of many. Ash has never held a driving licence, is not wealthy and gets full use from his bus pass.

He goes to every Sunderland game, home, away and cup and every under 23 game at Eppleton, he has done for most of his life.

We know the bus is due when we see him turn the corner, same dark trousers, Sunderland scarf round his neck and Asda carrier bag full of his medication and inhaler.

There are games, like Wednesday nights, when we don't have a bus going but that never stops Ash. Our branch secretary Jim ill phone around other branches to find a bus and book Ash on, Chester Le Street bus sees Ash walk to the A1 slip road to be collected and walk back when dropped off. South Shields sees him catch a bus to Peterlee and wait at the A19 slip road and a late bus or taxi home. Jim could not find a bus for Wednesday but Ash got his ticket on Saturday and will get there by bus and train, no idea how he gets back.

I talk to Ash a lot and often ask the same question, why? I always get the same answer,"It's what fans do". Well I consider myself a good fan but I always tell Ash it's not what I could or would do.

There are many like Ash at Sunderland and indeed other clubs, loyal, dedicated men and woman who just turn up no matter what because it's what supporters do.

I wish the Shorts and many players in the leagues could meet with the Ash's of this world and see that dedication, that love and that matter of fact,"Well it's what supporters do". 

Many will think Ash is mad, daft, stupid or even sad but he is happy and simply gives the club his life and his wife and family understand that. He never thinks himself better than me and you, he just cant understand us and why we would want to miss out on following the club. He sees the bad and hurts like us all but will just carry on whatever the future holds because its just what supporters do.


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