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Carabao Cup Quarter Final preview: Sunderland



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Carabao Cup Quarter Final preview: Sunderland march on with another trip to London, along with other all-premier league clashes.


League one side Sunderland have drawn Arsenal in the Carabao Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout away at Queens Park Rangers.

In the round of 16, Sunderland held QPR to a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road which led to a dramatic penalty shootout which included four missed penalties from QPR meaning the Black Cats were fired through to the Quarter Finals amongst seven Premier League sides. However, these seven premier league sides surprisingly did not include Manchester City, who won the Carabao Cup for the last four seasons.


Penalties converted for Sunderland by Aiden McGeady, Ross Stewart, and Alex Pritchard fired the Black Cats through to the Quarter Final, as the only League One side left in the tournament. Dreams will be high for Sunderland fans now, with not much to celebrate about in recent years, this is uplifting the whole club and the city. Lee Johnson’s Sunderland side took an impressive, loyal away crowd of nearly 3,000 from the North-East to Loftus Road for the tie which saw them win a dramatic penalty shootout. Sunderland AFC posted the following image on Twitter showing the enjoyment of manager, Lee Johnson.


Sunderland now face Arsenal in a mouthwatering tie as Sunderland look for a giant killing when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on the 21st of December. Is it too early for Sunderland fans to be dreaming of a trip to Wembley in 2022? Let us know what you think on our social media!

The other ties in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final were all premier league clashes which consisted of:

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham

Brentford v Chelsea

Liverpool v Leicester City

All three of these ties are interesting, Sunderland fans will be keeping an eye on these scores as they dream about carrying on this fantastic cup run all the way to Wembley in 2022 for the Carabao Cup final.


Brentford are particularly exciting in this tournament; they’ve shown in the Premier League this season that they are not afraid of the ‘big boys’ in the league by not shying away from their traditional attacking style against a hard opposition on paper. They will for sure look to attack Chelsea on the counter, who may still be without their two strikers in Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, who are still on the sidelines for an unknown amount of time. Brentford will surely look to utilise their own talisman in Ivan Toney against Chelsea.


All of these teams will see this as an exciting opportunity for silverware, especially without Man City in the tournament who have won it the last four years, as they were defeated by West Ham in the round of 16, but it can not be ignored that many eyes will be on Lee Johnson’s League One Sunderland AFC as they aim for a giant killing away at the Emirates against Arsenal.


Can Sunderland get another win in London and beat Arsenal? Could they go all the way in the Carabao Cup? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page @NEUpdatesSports!


Author: Joshua Hinchcliffe

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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme



Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.

The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.

Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.

Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.

Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.

This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.

The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.

Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.

There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.

This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.

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Cinemas to screen the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday



Around 150 cinemas across the UK will open on Monday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral for free, while suspending the screening of films, to allow the public to mourn together.


Vue, Curzon and Arc will all screen the funeral proceedings free of charge at select venues from 10am. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.


Vue has cinemas in Gateshead, Cramlington and Hartlepool and will suspend normal scheduling on the national day of mourning. The chain issued a statement to inform the public that: “Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase.”


In addition, they will also screen the London Procession in the majority of their UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September, live from 1.30pm. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.


Other cinemas across the UK have decided to offer this too, including Arc Cinema, Reel Cinemas, Picturedome and Savoy.


The largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will remain closed alongside Picturehouse, Showcase and The Light.


Will you be going to a showing – let us know on our Facebook page and join the conversation –

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North East foodbanks to close on Monday as the Queen’s funeral is held



Newcastle Gateshead Foodbank

Several foodbanks across the North East will close their warehouses and distribution centres this Bank Holiday Monday, the day the Queen’s funeral is being held.


In the North East, Gateshead Foodbank has announced that it will be closed on Monday to reopen the following day. Sunderland and County Durham Foodbank will also be closed, as well as their foodbank warehouse.


It was announced that the day of the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday by King Charles III this weekend, as a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.


The Trussell Trust work to stop UK hunger and poverty, and their network of foodbanks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. A spokesperson told the Mirror that food banks across the country were given the option to close or stay open depending on the needs of their community.


They clarified that “foodbanks are all independent, but we have emailed saying it is a bank holiday and they can decide what to do. It really depends on the local need on the ground, the volunteers will know if they are particularly quiet on a Monday, or if it is a busier day.”


The decision to close a number of foodbanks has proved to be controversial, with some slamming the move as classist. What are your thoughts?

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