SAFCSA Coxhoe Branch History
Having witnessed the success of the first season at the Stadium of Light, Jack Turton and David (Taff) Huggins, our founder members, discussed the merits of starting an official branch of the supporters association. The Sunderland AFC Supporters Association Coxhoe Branch was founded at the start of the 1998 / 99 season. We currently have over 150 members, including several family groups and actively encourage new membership. The branch prides itself on being ‘family friendly’ and especially welcomes junior members as they will be the club support for the future.
The branch draws most of its support from the village of Coxhoe and surrounding villages of Kelloe, West Cornforth, Bowburn, Bishop Middleham, Cassop, Quarrington Hill, Ferryhill and Spennymoor. Whilst Jack and Taff may have been the inspiration behind the branch there are other notable members. Jim Gilling has taken over the role of Secretary, David Hodgson as Chairman and Brian Mitton as Treasurer with Gary Stephenson (Assistant Secretary), Kevin Graham, Ryan Prince, Kevin Ratton and John Walton making up a successful committee.
The Coxhoe branch may be a fledgling in comparison to the more established SAFCSA branches, but it has rekindled interest in all things red and white in the local area and with our emphasis on a family branch, we will ensure that Sunderland AFC will have a new generation of fans in this area of County Durham for a long time to come.
The branch base is Coxhoe and District Workmen’s Club, the branch always supports the local community having given support to Coxhoe and District WMC aged members Christmas party for numerous years. The branch also donates to local charities, we have donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Appeal, the Grace House Children’s Hospice Appeal, the 4Louis Charity and the BLC nominated charity, as well as other worthwhile national and local charities.
The branch is an active member branch of the SAFC Branch Liaison Council who meet at regular intervals with the SAFC Management and officials. We have recently also joined the SAFC Supporters Collective Group together with the other member groups The RAWA / The SLG / Disabled / Senior Groups. Our aim is to ensure that the feelings and dialogue from all Sunderland supporters are discussed with SAFC Management, so that we can extend the supporters growth and improve on supporters experience at both home and away games.
The branch is also a member of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF).