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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 13:16 GMT 14:16 UK
Ghostly goings-on at Sunderland
The Caergwrle Bridge ghost in Wales - allegedly
That's the spirit, lads
Superstitious Sunderland players are worried their promotion campaign could be put in jeopardy by a ghost.

Black Cats stars insist they have seen a strange apparition hanging around the corridors of their training ground.

Striker Marcus Stewart told BBC Radio Newcastle: "What made me think it's true, is Stephen Elliott has seen it. He's adamant that he's seen something."

The alleged sighting coincided with Sunderland's home defeat by Reading - ending a run of eight straight wins.

Coincidence - or something more sinister at work perhaps?

The ghostly figure has also been spotted by backroom staff in the corridors of the Academy. It is described as a "strange black shape", but so far no-one has established whether it is a man or a woman.

Mick McCarthy's men travel to Ipswich this weekend for a crucial table-topping clash and will be hoping the spirit doesn't fancy a night on the Town.

One thing's for sure, if things continue as they are, Sunderland will be renaming their ground the Stadium of Fright.

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