Not often have sympathy for them but there’s a chance that the police will ban Sunderland fans from the derby match if they don’t travel on official coaches.
The idea would be that fans wouldn’t get their tickets until they were on the coaches heading to St.James’ Park and this would be the only way to get a ticket.
The suggested move was discussed at a meeting between fans and Northumbria Police although the police are claiming that they are ‘…still working with clubs and other partners regarding arrangements for this upcoming fixture’.
Janet Rowan of the Sudnerland Supporters’ Chester le Street branch, and who was at the meeting with Northumbria Police, says;
“Everyone’s trying to get a compromise that the police are happy with.
“I understand the police’s problems because for the derby at Stadium of Light they can close off Sheepfolds, but St.James’ is in the centre of Newcastle where there are loads of back alleys where people can be hiding.”
Before anybody starts having a laugh at the mackems’ expense, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that if the police get away with forcing the Sunderland fans to do this, then it would be a knocking bet that they would force Newcastle fans to do the same when we go to their place.