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A New Era For Newcastle v Sunderland Derby Matches?

7 years ago

The tragic and untimely deaths of John Alder and Liam Sweeney in the Ukraine plane disaster, has enabled the true football supporters of both my club Newcastle and our local rivals Sunderland, to come forward and display their best qualities at this time of shared grief and sympathy.

All too often the media agenda is dominated by that minority of mindless idiots who drag the image of the game, and that of our clubs, through the dirt with their thuggish behaviour.

Match days are symbolised by throngs of police in riot gear with the city in lockdown, while decent fans are made to feel like criminals, simply for wanting to support the team that we love.

Now is an ideal opportunity to turn the tide and to marginalise those who simply want to use football, and the derby game, as an excuse for their drunken and violent thuggery.

Can I suggest that instead of having the traditional ritual of the army of Sunderland supporters being marched with a police escort to and from the Central Station, to be faced with the annual level of vitriol.

We should organise a joint event where fans of both clubs could meet at a designated location and march to the game together in a show of unity and affection for the game that we love.

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What a wonderful way to also show our mutual and lasting respect for the memory of John and Liam.

I shall be contacting the representatives of the supporters of the clubs to float this idea and also propose to write to the Chief Constable of the Northumbria Police on the issue.

However, any show of support through the contributors to the Mag, would I am convinced go a long way to aiding my cause.

Many thanks.


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