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Well done Sunderland…

6 years ago
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Well done to Sunderland….you’ll not hear me saying that very often!

I can only applaud the gesture by the mackem players in clubbing together to refund the ticket money for those fans who travelled to Southampton.

You might say so what, they can afford it with the money that they’re on etc etc. Which may be true, but then you have to ask yourself why then is this kind of gesture such a rarity?

Can you imagine Newcastle doing this? No, I didn’t think so, in truth it could have easily been eight or more when we played at Southampton in September, such was the gulf in class.

Sadly, this was also a repeat of the same fixture last season, the scoreline might have been ‘only’ 4-0 but that didn’t make it any less of a shambles than Sunderland’s eight goal humiliation.

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Much like struggling for leadership on the pitch, I just don’t see where this kind of leadership would be shown by our players off it.

Sunderland Captain John O’Shea saying;

“We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle.”

This isn’t the only instance of Sunderland going that extra mile for the players.

Back in March 2007 Niall Quinn paid out £8,000 on taxis to get 100 Sunderland fans back from Bristol after an away win, the mackems having been thrown off their flight.

I often think that at Newcastle United we have all the characteristics of an arrogant and aloof football club, but without the success to in any way back that up.

Instead we have seen examples such as fans travelling all the way to Brighton in the FA Cup with the suggestion that a strong team was being put out, only for a whole second team to meekly crawl out of the competition.

Similarly, I remember going to Bordeaux in the Europa League and again a reserve team being put out, the players just going through the motions despite thousands of fans travelling to support them.

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