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What is The Red and White Army?
The Red and White Army is a fully democratic, inclusive and independent supporters group which aims to give a voice to all Sunderland fans. Its goal is to inform, liaise with and communicate with the club in the hope of strengthening fan relationships with Sunderland AFC, to the benefit of all supporters. We're not here to replace or repeat the good work undertaken by some of the well-established, existing supporter groups. In fact, we hope our approach will complement their efforts.
Who are the RAWA representatives?

A co-opted individual is invited to join the team of lead reps from the following sections of support/organisations
A Love Supreme / Away Fan Rep / Branch Liaison Council / Disabled Supporters Group / Family Zone Rep / SMB - Pure Football Forum / South Stand/Atmosphere group / Supporter Liaison Group / Roker Report Fansite / Wise Men Say Podcast / LGBTQ rep

The elected roles are filled on an interim basis by the following until the first Annual General Meeting.
Chair - Andrew Hird
Vice Chair - Jane Hughes
Vice Chair - Michael McAllister
Treasurer – Ryan Griffiths
Secretary – Cath Reid
Policy Coordinator – David Rose

What are RAWA representatives bringing to the table?
Through members of this group having experience in fan media (fanzines/blogs/podcasts etc) and fan engagement (Branches/SLG/Football Supporters’ Federation) we already have an established dialogue with SAFC Supporter Liaison Officer, Chris Waters, as well as the club’s media team. We are no more entitled to meet with club representatives than any other fan, but are collectively in a very advantageous position to aggregate and gauge the feelings of supporters given our web and social media presence. We intend to use our position of influence to help get your voices heard.

How do you intend to get a dialogue going with SAFC?
Under new EFL Regulations, football clubs are obligated to hold at least two fan engagement sessions per season with an elected supporter group to discuss relevant issues or points of interest. The regulation is as follows:
112 Supporter Engagement
112.1 Clubs shall hold at least two meetings/fans forums per Season to which its supporters (or representatives) are to be invited in order to discuss significant issues relating to the Club. The framework for these meetings shall be documented in the Club’s customer charter, but are subject to the following minimum criteria:
- 112.1.1 Clubs must be represented by the Club’s majority owner, board director(s) or other senior executive(s);
- 112.1.2 where meetings are not open to all supporters wishing to attend, the supporter representatives must be elected, selected or invited in line with basic democratic principles; and
- 112.1.3 individuals cannot be excluded by the Club without good reason (the Club acting reasonably).

While two meetings per season is enshrined as the minimum, we aim to interact with the club whenever necessary with any overarching concerns that supporters may have.

How can I express my concerns to RAWA?
We want fans to feel comfortable interacting with us, and so are happy to be contacted publicly or privately via your preferred social media platform.
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How do I join RAWA?
You are invited to sign up to our mailing list on our website (www.redandwhitearmy.co.uk). There will soon be an open meeting at a city centre location to officially launch the group.

Has this group been set up to protest against Martin Bain and Ellis Short?
We planned to set this organisation this season whether we were at the top, or the bottom, of the league. RAWA has been formed with no specific agenda other than to relay the concerns of supporters to those at the club who are empowered to make change. We are merely a platform to help improve dialogue with the club, whatever that dialogue may be.

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Gooch targets early goal
new supporters organisation to launch

Lynden Gooch is targeting early goals to get our season at home to Cardiff on Saturday. “It’s going to be a different game on Saturday. We’re going to be at home and we’ve got to try and make sure we take the initiative to get the three points. We’ve actually started well at home in recent games and been unlucky not to get that goal. We’ve gone close a few times but against the run of play they’ve nicked one and that’s been unlucky and disappointing. Hopefully we’ll be able to get that goal. I hope Cardiff can bring the best out of us, we know the task at hand. We haven’t won at home for a long time now and we need a win, simple as that. We need three points. “We knew they would have more possession of the ball with us being the away team and they’ve got really good players,” said Gooch. “But we’ve got a lot of players who’ve played in the Premier League as well and for 30 minutes we definitely held our own. He also believes Sunderland gave a decent account of themselves at Everton despite the result: “We knew it was going to be a tough game against a good team but there was a chance for players to stake a claim for Saturday, especially for those of us who haven’t been playing. I don’t think anyone did themselves any harm. Everyone put a really good shift in but the goals were disappointing.” The American has called on his team mates to give James Vaughan better service: “If we’re creating chances that’s a good sign and the goals will come. As long as we keep creating chances for the strikers I’m sure the goals will come. It was massive for Vaughany to score at Hull. He’s been unlucky and gone close a lot of times. He works ever so hard and he deserves it.”

Ethan Robson has spoken of his pride in making his debut on Wednesday night: “It’s a shame about the result but I’ve been at the club since I was eight years old so to make my debut was a dream come true. It was a great ground to do it at and it’s a proud moment for me and my family. You can see that Everton are a Premier League side so we’ll move on from this quickly and look to Saturday. Personally, I just want to keep playing well for the under-23s and hopefully I’ll be a part of the gaffer’s plans. Training with the first-team day in day out and stepping up is exactly what you want.”

A group of Sunderland fans have launched a new independent supporters’ organisation and are urging fans to get behind it. The Red & White Army aims to channel the voice of fans and will engage with the Sunderland Association Football Club owner and its executives. Their mission statement reads "The Red and White Army is a fully democratic, inclusive and independent supporters group which aims to give a voice to all Sunderland fans. Its goal is to inform, liaise with and communicate with the club in the hope of strengthening fan relationships with Sunderland AFC, to the benefit of all supporters." On the group interim chairman Andrew Hird said: This group, we hope, will be taking questions and ideas to the club hierarchy on behalf of all fans and feeding back those conversations to all supporters via our website and social media platforms and in emails to our members. We believe the Red & White Army can give fans a strong, coherent voice. We're not here to replace or repeat the good work undertaken by some of the well-established, existing supporter groups. In fact, we hope our approach will complement their efforts." Supporters can become a member of the Red & White Army for free on their website www.redandwhitearmy.co.uk and all members will have the right to vote at future meetings and contribute to the direction of the organisation. The Red & White Army is free to join and will hold an open meeting soon after launch at a city centre location. You can find them on social media...

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THE RED & WHITE ARMY
PRESS RELEASE

A group of Sunderland fans have launched a new independent supporters’ organisation and are urging fans to get behind it. The Red & White Army aims to channel the voice of fans and will engage with the Sunderland Association Football Club owner and its executives. Their mission statement reads "The Red and White Army is a fully democratic, inclusive and independent supporters group which aims to give a voice to all Sunderland fans. Its goal is to inform, liaise with and communicate with the club in the hope of strengthening fan relationships with Sunderland AFC, to the benefit of all supporters."
 
The Red & White Army is free to join and will hold an open meeting soon after launch at a city centre location. Interim Chairman Andrew Hird said "We aim to be as representative of Sunderland supporters as any one single organisation can be. That's why we have a democratic approach and aim to have co-opted positions to represent the various sections of support. This group, we hope, will be taking questions and ideas to the club hierarchy on behalf of all fans and feeding back those conversations to all supporters via our website and social media platforms and in emails to our members. We believe the Red & White Army can give fans a strong, coherent voice. We're not here to replace or repeat the good work undertaken by some of the well-established, existing supporter groups. In fact, we hope our approach will complement their efforts."
 
As well as the usual functional roles that any democratic supporters’ organisation has the Red & White Army are asking for a single rep from existing supporter entities in their efforts to be inclusive and credible. "We've provided a list of traditional and modern supporter forums and platforms and we're inviting each of them to put forward an individual to become part of the team. It's not an exhaustive list and we're happy to listen to bids form any other groups out there" added Andrew.
 
The Red & White Army want to channel the passion of Sunderland's loyal fan base through open, respectful dialogue with SAFC. Interim Vice Chair Jane Hughes said "This organisation is in it for the long haul. We hope to develop a strong group with thousands of members that will become the voice of fans for decades to come. We're all too aware that the Red & White Army is being launched into very choppy waters. Emotions are running high amongst supporters and we absolutely want to take fans' current concerns to the club."
 
Supporters can become a member of the Red & White Army for free on their website www.redandwhitearmy.co.uk and all members will have the right to vote at future meetings and contribute to the direction of the organisation.
 
A co-opted individual is invited to join the team of lead reps from the following sections of support/platform:-
 
·   A Love Supreme
·   Away Fan Rep
·   Branch Liaison Council
·   Disabled Supporters Group
·   Family Zone Rep
·   SMB - Pure Football Forum
·   South Stand/Atmosphere group
·   Supporter Liaison Group
·   Roker Report Fansite
·   Wise Men Say Podcast
·   LGBTQ rep
 
The elected roles are filled on an interim basis by the following until the first Annual General Meeting.
 
Chair - Andrew Hird
Vice Chair - Jane Hughes
Vice Chair - Michael McAllister
Treasurer – Ryan Griffiths
Secretary – Cath Reid
Policy Coordinator – David Rose

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MORE EVERTON FALLOUT…
CHOPRA PIPES UP

Simon Grayson has called on Sunderland to take inspiration from Everton and kick start their season at home to Cardiff on Saturday. In reaction to Ronald Koeman's claim that "goals were the perfect tonic for a lack of confidence, Grayson said: “We would like to achieve the same scoreline on Saturday and keep clean sheets. Tonight was always going to be difficult. Everton were respectful with the team they put out. We know we could have done better but we are down on numbers through injury too, so we couldn’t make the changes we would have liked. I think for 40 minutes we contained them. They had long distance shots. That was the game plan to keep it tight. The goal before half-time gave them a lift. Calvert-Lewin is a talented player, one of the most promising players around. But we are disappointed to give them too much time in the box, that’s why we got punished, not through a lack of effort, just the mistakes. We are disappointed to go out and we tried to win the game. I thought there were some OK performances. Darron Gibson did OK on the ball. When Jonny Williams and Callum McManaman came on we did better on the ball. Players who have not been having much game time had a game here so that’s good for them too. Marc Wilson was not available through injury. Hopefully we will have a few players back for Saturday. O’Shea has done some work this week and we will see for the weekend. The Championship is, of course, the focus, but we did come to Everton to try to get a result. We wanted to get through to the next round. Everton have won a game and I am sure it will do their confidence the world of good. We have a tough week now with Cardiff, Ipswich and Preston coming up so hopefully we can get a result that gets our confidence up.”

He also conceded that his team selection was made with this weekend's league fixture in mind: “Tonight was always going to be difficult with the team we put out - we certainly had one eye on the weekend. That’s the difference, because Premier League sides can make changes because of the strength in depth and the players that they have.

In slightly better news, the gaffer is hoping to have defensive reinforcements back in time for the Cardiff clash: “Marc Wilson wasn’t available due to a groin problem he picked up at the weekend. He trained yesterday and it just tightened up so we left him out as a precaution, but hopefully he will be back on Saturday and one or two others might be too. John O’Shea has done work this week, and we expect him to be back in training at the end of the week. We look ahead now to Cardiff, Ipswich and Preston, and they are games we are looking forward to and hopefully put some more points on the board.”

Former Everton man James Vaughan was thankful for the reception he received on his return to Goodison Park after the match he tweeted. "Result aside I really enjoyed going back to Everton. Thanks to all the fans for the great reception. It meant the world to me."

Michael Chopra has been reflecting on his time at Sunderland... oh joy. On signing for the lads he said: “It was a difficult decision to make. But at the end of the day I’m a footballer and I’m not a fan anymore. I had to put to one side who I supported as a boy and think what is best for my career. The chance to play in the Premier League again and to work under a great player and manager like Roy Keane was too good to turn down. I played many games for Sunderland but the one that stands out was my debut against Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light. I was very disappointed not to start the game but when I got my chance I had to take it. That chance came in the 93rd minute. I scored and we won 1-0. It was so special, as I had to get the Sunderland fans on my side as quick as possible - especially as a former Newcastle player and fan. I had to show Sunderland I was committed to them. I remember the game very well - Roy Keane had not long been appointed manager of their club.

As an ex-Newcastle player and fan, this was the game I always looked forward to. I had a feeling that I was going to score - and I managed to score twice! It was a big thing for me, after I scored at the Stadium of Light six months earlier for Newcastle too. I think it’s going to be a tough game. A lot of pressure is on Sunderland, having just been relegated and with a new manager. But with Cardiff doing so well at the moment, it’s going to be a very exciting game and I’m not sure which way it’s going to go.”

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post EVERTON craic…
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Sunderland crashed out of the Energy Pop Cup on Wednesday night, losing 3-0 to Everton, who hardly broke sweat. We huffed and puffed achieving very little in the process and a competitive game of football rarely threatened to break out. We actually had an early chance when James Vaughan won the ball back deep in the Everton half but he fired his shot wide. Very little else of note happened up until half time but any thoughts of the lads going in level at half time were dashed when Calvert Lewin scored from close range. Early in the second half he doubled his and Everton's tally for the night. Sunderland briefly woke from their slumber as the half grew on with Vaughan heading just wide and Gooch looking lively. But on 83 minutes Everton put some gloss on the score line with a powerful strike from Niasse after a great ball from Tom Davies. Not a game that will live long in the memory.

Simon Grayson had this to say afterwards: "When you are coming here you know it is going to be a tough game. They had got a strong team and a strong bench. I thought at stages we were quite comfortable but when you give good players time and room in the 18-yard box they are going to punish you with a pass or with a finish. That was the key tonight because the chances they took were given to them. That was disappointing and that is regardless of whether you are playing Everton or Cardiff on Saturday you have got to be ruthless in the 18-yard box and at the top end of the pitch we need to have just a little bit more purpose about us. We knew it was going to be tough for us tonight but the first part of it was good. When we have the ball we need to keep it better, we need to put them under pressure a little bit more and obviously the chances we made with Jonny Williams and Callum McManaman coming on helped us create some chances."

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