Groups of Sunderland fans shortlisted for Football Supporters Association awards as Sunderland Ladies prepare for Continental Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers

The game was one of Sunderland’s games at stake above them in the table, but now Johnson’s team must return to the drawing board and turn their attention to cup competitions.

The Black Cats return to Wearside this weekend to visit Mansfield Town in the FA Cup but here we recap everything that happened at the Stadium of Light throughout the day.

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The Sunderland Ladies are back in the Continental Cup midweek against the Blackburn Rovers. (Photo credit Chris Fryatt)

Recognized Sunderland Fan Groups

Despite disappointing time on the pitch lately, he has been positive for a selection of Sunderland fan groups after being shortlisted for awards by the Football Supporters Association.

The FSA this week announced the shortlisted for their 2021 awards, which include Sunderland’s ‘Wise Men Say’ podcast in the ‘Podcast Club of the Year’ category.

Gareth Barker, co-founder of Wise Men Say, said: “We are flattered and delighted to be nominated for such a prestigious award.

“The podcast is a labor of love that has allowed us to meet great people, make new friends and laugh over the past eight years despite today’s football. Thank you very much to those who nominated us.

In addition, Sunderland’s longtime fanzine “A Love Supreme” was also recognized by the FSA jury in the “Fanzine of the Year” category.

This is the 32nd time that ALS has been nominated with the popular fanzine winning the award eight times. The fanzine tweeted thanking Sunderland supporters “for making ALS what it is.”

Both awards will be decided by a panel of judges ahead of the awards ceremony later this month in London.

The ladies prepare for the cut test

The Sunderland Ladies are looking to continue their positive start to their Continental Cup campaign when they visit the Blackburn Rovers Ladies on Thursday.

The Black Cats are making the trip to Lancashire in hopes of adding to their penalty spot success against Sheffield United in the last outing of the competition.

Mel Reay’s side returned to conquer the championship on Sunday with a relentless victory over Charlton Athletic thanks to Grace McCatty’s goal and the Sunderland head coach hopes to build on that performance.

“We are looking forward to the game, especially because of the result and the performance we had on Sunday,” said Reay.

“Obviously we’re looking to build on this momentum, but the team will be refreshed and the players will have an opportunity.

“There will be some rotation in the squad, and it’s important that everyone gets minutes because anyone can be needed at any time of the season.”

Part of that rotation can see Holly Manders and young Grace Ede being given another opportunity after appearing in the previous draw with the Blades last month while new signing Iris Achterhof remains unavailable for personal reasons and Emily Hutchinson. misses while waiting for the results of a scan for a knee injury.

The Black Cats have faced the Rovers before this season, winning 2-0 at the Stadium of Light in September.

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