Guest smoggeordie Posted April 9, 2007 Share Posted April 9, 2007 Quinn rescues fans again Football fans tonight had a lucky escape when yobs hurled bricks through the windows of packed coaches bringing them home - and chairman Niall Quinn stepped in again to help the red and white army return to Wearside safely. After hearing that two buses travelling back from Southampton had been ambushed by thugs, who put one vehicle out of action sunderlandecho.com understands Mr Quinn and team manager Roy Keane authorised the use of the players' luxury coach to get stranded supporters home. Two Sunderland supporters' coaches came under attack as the fans travelled back home in buoyant mood after watching their heroes come from a goal down to beat promotion rivals Southampton 2-1 and top the Championship table for the first time this season. Fortunately no-one was hurt in the ambush, which happened about a mile outside St Mary's Stadium at about 8pm tonight. Police ordered that one of the buses, run by fanzine A Love Supreme, was not able to travel and fans faced the prospect of waiting hours for a new coach to travel down from the North East to bring them home. But County Durham-based Classic Coaches heard about the attack and got permission from Sunderland AFC's management to get about 30 supporters home on the team's luxury bus. The players and management are flying home from the South coast, and only needed the £300,000 coach to get them to and from Southampton airport. Martin McFadden, editor of A Love Supreme said: "We're all grateful no-one was hurt and once again this is a magnificent gesture by the club and in this case Classic Coaches to make sure people get home." Chairman Quinn endorsed his legendary status with the fans two weeks ago when he paid £8,000 out of his own pocket to get 80 people home after the Black Cats' win at Cardiff, when low-budget airline easyJet grounded a Bristol to Newcastle flight claiming boisterous followers posed a security risk - allegations the club vehemently denies. Sunderlandecho.com understands Black Cats' fans were impeccably behaved, despite being goaded by their rivals' attack. Hampshire Police are investigating and say a gang of local teenagers was responsible the attack. See tomorrow's Echo for full details of this story. Link Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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