Sunderland have sold out of their allocation of derby tickets before Newcastle United have even given their own fans a chance to buy seats in the home areas.

Sunderland announced ticket sale details back on Monday 15 February and commenced selling on Wednesday 17 February, this Tuesday afternoon (23 February) they have confirmed that all derby tickets are now sold for the away end.

In contrast, Newcastle United haven’t even released any information as to when the tickets will go on sale.

One piece of relevant information is that once again Mike Ashley has maximised the takings for what will be the first full house at St James Park (excluding the World Cup rugby matches…) in 14 months.

The derby tickets cost adult Sunderland fans £47, so Newcastle fans will once again have to pay a premium for the pleasure of watching this relegation six pointer, once derby tickets eventually go on sale.

The Newcastle v Sunderland clash takes place in only 26 days time but it is obvious as to why the club haven’t made tickets available yet.

The club are heavily promoting a five match package for home games, using the Sunderland match as part of that deal to try and ‘encourage’ as many Newcastle fans as possible to commit to the other less attractive games (Bournemouth, Swansea, Palace and Spurs).