After the initial disappointment of finding out I was going to miss the derby match in mackemland, due to being sent away on a training course to Munich with my new job, I quickly got my act together.

I started a search for a pub/bar that I could try and catch the game in, without being surrounded by red & whites.

I came across a website called www.toytowngermany.com which is a forum for English people over there and I found some information about contacting Munich Mags and a lad called Colin (via Mark Jensen at The Mag).

Mark put me in touch and shortly after that Colin and I had swapped some emails and the meeting place was organised for the match. Ned Kellys Australian bar not far from Marienplatz underground station.

Cracking sunny day for the match so went for a walk around a few bars and sampled some of the fantastic beers on offer, as Colin said he would be a bit late, before making my way along to Ned Kellys at about 12:30.

At first the bar was a bit empty with a rugby match on and some Scottish stag party stragglers in having a few liveners, after what looked like a canny heavy night. I grabbed some food (enormous portions) and some more Dunkel (German dark beer) and kept me eye out for any Mags.

Wouldn’t you know it but the first football shirt that walked in was a Mackem with his mate, who subsequently plonked themselves down and ordered some coffees!

I saw a lad in a toon shirt near the bar so wandered over and asked if any of them knew Colin. Turns out it was Colin and he had got there a bit early. He was there along with Dave, Annie (the bar manageress) and another guy called John (I think).

We had a great bit of crack about how they came to be in Munich, why I was there and of course some pre-match banter.

The beers kept coming and the match kicked off. I guess I don’t need to put in a match review but what a start and didn’t the mackems look gutted.  Cue, jumping up in the air, beers spilt and much cheering….

The bar was quite full by now and despite us being the only Mags there it seemed like all the neutrals were rooting for us as well (even the Germans…hate them – lol).

The sending off pretty much knacked the game for me and we all know what happened next,  Demba as it turned out became Sunderland’s top scorer for October.

Sat 6th October – Manchester City 3 SAFC 0

Sun 21st October – Demba Ba 1 Newcastle United 1

Sat 27th October – Stoke 0 SAFC 0

Tues 30th October – SAFC 0 Smoggies 0

Ha ha ha ha ha ha……………….

The beers continued flowing and by now had been accompanied by Jagermeister shots (thanks Annie),  so the rest of it is a bit cloudy other than the fact that I got on the wrong tube and only realised when I was 25mins in the wrong direction and had to get off and find me way back from where I had started and get on the right train. Some of the tube changes are not only on different platforms but different bloody levels in the station. Not good when you are a bit worse for wear.

I will be back there in November for another work stint and will be heading straight to Ned Kellys for the Maritimo game and possibly the Southampton game if it’s on. A good crack, a good bar with nice food, friendly staff (especially Annie the manageress, lovely lass)  and a really friendly welcoming bunch of lads who it felt like I had known them for ages by the time we all parted company.

It was a sickener missing the game and having to get rid of my ticket but I couldn’t have wished for better as a second best.

Picture is final jagermeisters before leaving and trying (and failing initally) to navigate my way home…

From L to R….Colin, Lee, Annie, David and John (I think)