You may have seen in the local media that a load of mates and myself have chipped in to do a plane banner to fly over Sunderland.

The idea was simply to have a bit of a laugh at their expense once confirmed that they are relegated.

There were 20 or 30 of us originally involved but thanks to social media it has gone a little bit crazy and after seeing the number of people donating, we then decided to make it so the banner will be voted for online with a few options.

Maybe celebrating our promotion or a fighting against Cancer themed one (‘Cancer has no colours’ etc), which I’ve agreed to talk to the parents of the children about nearer the time .

The final choice of ideas to vote on will be publicised in due course.

Donations are still coming in and we have already gone way past the £960 needed to do the banner idea.

We have raised £2300 up to now and the surplus is to be divided between Frankie Sherwood, Hope Feeney and Bradley Lowery, three brave local kids who are all battling cancer.

Without the banner we probably would have raised very little money but now we’ve collected so much, the banner seems almost irrelevant, but will still go ahead.

It’s a bit of fun without trouble and Sunderland fans as well as Boro supporters have donated – as I have a lot of my mates who work offshore.

A lot of people are seemingly against the idea of a banner but we are saying that without the banner there is no donation to the kids, as the banner was solely the reason people originally donated money.

We are having a laugh and also now the banner is long ago paid for, we are generating some cash that will help in some small way the three kids named above.

If any Newcastle fans did want to top up that amount for the kids, then the link is PayPal [email protected] and I can be mailed on this to arrange payment methods.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])



  • Billy Vinton

    Please go with the cancer idea. Don’t stoop to their level.

    • Mark Davies

      Fully agree

    • nevfur

      Agree with this.

  • Jaime Clarke

    Huddersfield are 2 nill down.

    • Tony Johnson

      wrong thread,tatieheed.

  • Dennis Brown

    Not only is it by your own admission irrelevant but it has been done to death elsewhere and it opens the door for Mackems to tell you how thick you are because you can’t come up with anything without copying their ideas. Forget the whole idea ,give the money to charity and maintain a dignified silence while they get their come uppance for last year. Guarantee that will cause them more annoyance than a tired old plane stunt.

  • Maque

    As a Mackem I would say good on you. Ignore the idiots who don’t realise the fact that the banter between the two clubs is the reason you are able to raise money for charity. Do it. Get your plane up there, fly a banner, have a laugh and do some good. Crack on lads.

  • nufcslf

    Being copy cats isn’t ideal, but being for a good cause who cares what the mackems think. My dad thinks it should read, ‘Ships passing in the night’. I personally think there relegation and being the next Villa and going nowhere soon is reward enough.

  • Jim C

    It’s a bit of fun and if it’s raising money for a good cause ( 3 good causes ), then go for it.
    I’m a Celtic fan and a neutral as far as geordies, mackums and smoggies are concerned, but good on Daz for all his efforts.
    Who cares if it’s been done before, it’s still funny. Might even do one for sevco haha.

  • Alan Rowbotham

    How about simply we’ll meet again…

    It can be used by each team to poke fun at each other. Don’t know where (which league) don’t know when ( them promoted/us relegated again)

    Potential to be picked up nationally as marks centenary of Vera Lynn’s birth (she has done a lot of work for ex forces and breaststroke cancer charities)

    Can also be adapted as rememberance for those that have lost relatives to cancer

    • Alan Rowbotham

      Maybe a just giving account or similar rather than PayPal may encourage more donations

    • Vito Genovese

      If it’s going to happen then it needs to be ‘We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when ‘ because anything else would make us look as sad as them.
      The club should also print out the full lyrics and we should all belt out the song at some point during a home match – preferably a televised one.
      As for the lowering to their level, outdo them on their level for the satisfaction of it.

  • shellington

    When Sunderland pulled that stunt I thought it made them look like a bunch of sad pathetic knuckle draggers. I fail to see how it would be any different were Newcastle to do the same, whatever the good cause.

    IF Newcastle get promoted and IF Sunderland get relegated that will be revenge enough for last year.

    Show some class and do your talking on the pitch.

  • Leazes Ender

    You could hire a bigger plane and fly over Middlesbrough and Hull as well…. “Mash Aviation Ltd” …. might get a discount too.

  • Kev-82

    You are not representing us Newcastle fans or certainly not the majority. Please scrap this pathetic idea that is on the mackems level and just give all the money to charity.

  • lukegte

    Embarrassing. Football isn’t about making others look bad. We’re getting promoted to the premier league. Let’s enjoy that and not spend any of our energy on what’s happening at other clubs. It’s damaging to football and empowers the press. Just give the money to the kids man.

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    Keep the money for charity and scrap the gimpy plane idea, sad. Seen many fans critcise this on social media, makes us look desperate

  • Geordiegiants

    What a bunch of moaning minis. It’s called local rivalry, it’s a bit of fun, a bit of banter in a normally boring sterile environment. We have nothing else to get up and shout about. Promotion maybe, but even that this season is a bit of an expectation and lacking fun.

    • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

      Search ‘NUFC plane’ in twitter, most fans are moaning minis!

      • Geordiegiants

        I know, what’s the problem? It’s all just football banter, or is that all a bit PC these days. There isn’t any banter in the ground any more, so why not keep the friendly banter up somehow?

  • relaxed

    I think the plane idea is pretty pathetic for two reasons

    1. Relegation for Sunderland
    will be enough to knock their ends in good and propper without our help
    (we know from experience how we
    all felt when we were relegated ourselves) especially as it looks like they have
    neither the resources nor the players get them out of the
    Championship anytime in the foreseeable future, I think championship
    football is going to be long haul for them.

    2.I would like to hope that we are all a lot bigger than that
    I think that the charity idea is spot on and personally I think that if a charity match with them could be arranged it would be a much better idea, we could even play in fancy dress and make it a family fun day out, making a lot more than a few hundred quid for the charity

    • Geordiegiants

      Lighten up, it’s only a bit of fun. No wonder St James’s Park is like a library these days with miserable boring fans with no craic.

  • bobbi fleckman

    If you are doing this, please do the Cancer knows no colours or United against Cancer, it shows far more class.

  • Tim Boddy

    I really don’t understand this. Why do you lot want to lower us to the m**kems low-class level? Ever heard of being the bigger person? Forget the banner, be classy about it. Just leave them in our shadow and say nowt.

    • Tim Boddy

      In fact, I will personally contribute for you to NOT fly a banner over.

  • Fred Wyres

    Get the auld Sad Macken Bastards on the banter banner. It’s for a laugh and raising money for good causes at the same time. Well done lads.

  • BT

    95% of fans DON’T want this! Last season when they flew the
    plane I and ALL other Newcastle fans I know said they were sad, desperate and
    pathetic for doing it. But here we are COPYING their idea. What does that make
    us? It’s Embarrassing!!

    Wouldn’t it be so much better if ALL of the money was given
    to charity? I don’t think anyone would complain about that and it would make us
    look so much better. Rather than playing tit for tat with a set of fans who
    define themselves on their rivalry with Newcastle United.

    If those arranging don’t see sense, then I just hope they
    run with a message of support for Bradley Lowery. That’s the only possible
    dignified outcome of wasting £960 rather than giving it to charity.

  • Paul davison

    Don’t do a banner , show we have more class than the unwashed of Sunderland ! Donate all of it to Bradley lowery

  • Ken Robinson

    I don’t think people realise just how many kids are fighting and dying from cancer the RVI children’s cancer ward in Newcastle is full of them. My daughter died in there last year after a 3 year battle with clear cell sarcoma. I am a big Newcastle fan and I was at the match against Spurs last season when the Mackems sent the aircraft over St James Park with that banner. Although I felt very sad, I say do the Cancer Knows No Colours banner and donate the rest to a Children’s cancer charity.