About SAFCSA Coxhoe Branch

The history of the SAFCSA Coxhoe Branch

SAFCSA Coxhoe Branch

SAFCSA Coxhoe Branch began its life at the start of the 1998 / 99 season. 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. We currently have over 200 members, with one member Walter Perez from and living in Argentina being totally loyal to SAFC. We actively encourage new membership especially junior members as they will be the club and branch support for the future.

The mid-Durham villages of Bowburn, Cassop, Coxhoe, Ferryhill, Kelloe, Quarrington Hill, Spennymoor and West Cornforth, is where the branch draws most of its support are steeped in mining tradition and regarded as a Sunderland stronghold. 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, Sam Lauder, Sean Lauder, Ryan Prince and John Walton making up a successful committee.

The branch base is Coxhoe Club and supports local charities especially 4louis and the senior citizens from the Coxhoe area.

The branch is a member of the Branch Liaison Council and also a SAFC official recognized branch. As member of the BLC we meet on regular intervals with other branches as well as four time a year with the SAFC  management

The branch runs home and away coaches to all Sunderland AFC fixtures. The away travel is shared on some occasions with our sister branch SAFCSA Sedgefield branch.

The SAFCSA 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 will have a new generation of fans in this area of County Durham for a long time to come.