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Newcastle United – Should We Be Colour Blind Where Sunderland Are Concerned?

8 years ago

There have been a few recent articles and comments about 5under1and’s miraculous avoidance of relegation, and how this is good for North East football. I must admit this is a thought that has never once crossed my mind.

Maybe this says more about me, that I can’t see the benefit to the region as a whole?

Maybe I am colour blind and happy without the colour red in my Black & White world?

It honestly pains me that this season’s inept capitulation’s not only ended in defeat but worse, those six points we handed them, fundamentally kept them afloat. We again threw them a lifeline last season, during the early days of Di Canio reign.

The argument goes, not only is it is good for the region, but we would genuinely miss those special Derby day matches. Well I for one would not miss performances like the previous two we have had to endure at St James.

Yes, when it goes our way it is an irreplaceable feeling. Who could ever forget the 5-1 Halloween hammering, Beardsley’s New Year’s Day hat-trick, or the free-kicks of Liam and Ryan?

The mackems now refer to our hallowed turf as the O3 arena. If the current stagnation prevails at our club, you wouldn’t imagine an improvement anytime soon.

Not unless Ashley has a change heart, plans for the club and releases the deathlike grip on his purse strings. Even in the unlikely event that he does, at the first sign of stabilisation and subduing of unrest, he’ll cut off the supply again.

To me, any season the mackems are in a lower league (the lower the better) is a Home & Away victory to us. Whilst also providing the guarantee of no more potential humiliations at their hands.

Again, maybe this just shows a fatal flaw in my character, or perhaps how jaded I’ve become under Ashley’s depressing regime?

However, what I would see as a benefit to North East football, would be the gaining of full League status by Gateshead. It would be a remarkable achievement, and I sincerely hope they can win this weekend’s Wembley play off.

But then they are much closer to us, not just geographically, but also to our hearts than our other unspeakable neighbours.

I do not have concerns about the health of football in mackemland, nor do I either much care about the smoggies.

Ultimately, I only care about the wellbeing of football on Tyneside. What we’ve all seen this year has given us an increasingly worrying view of its vital signs.

If the club is to beat with a strong heart once more, it requires major surgery this summer.

Ideally of course, it is in need of an owner/ manager transplant.





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