Sunderland fans plan 'Auf Wiedersehen Prem' plane taunt over St James' Park


Newcastle are set to be handed one last taunt from rivals Sunderland before they slip back into the Championship next season.

A group of Sunderland fans have apparently stumped up the cash to fly a plane over St James' Park on the final day of the season with a sign reading: 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN PREM'.

On Saturday, aerial advertising company Air Ads posted this message on Twitter.

Sunderland confirmed their safety, and the relegation of their derby rivals, with a 3-0 win over Everton in midweek.

Following that a crowdfunding page was created on by 'SAFC AWAY DAYS', with the stated aim of the project being to "organise a fly-past banner over St James' Park to allow us to say bye to our neighbours for a little while".

Four donations have been made, with an anonymous one of just over £1,000 accounting for virtually the whole of the total amount raised. The page says £900 will be for the aircraft trailing the banner, with the rest going to charity.

Screenshot of gofundme page
( screen shot)

The idea has, however, drawn criticism from Sunderland fans who think it is over-stepping the boundaries of banter.

Writing on the gofundme page, one said: "Absolutely the wrong thing to do. As a Sunderland supporter you should have a bit of dignity and be grateful that it wasn't us. It could so well have been but for a good run at the end. I want no part of this whatsoever. Shocking behaviour if you ask me."

Another says: "This is just pathetic, we have relegated them isn't that enough? What good will come from this?"

Last year, an Air Ads plane flew a banner displaying the message '5 IN A ROW 5UNDERLAND' over St James' Park during a match there - a reference to Newcastle's run of derby defeats to the Wearsiders.