Newcastle v Sunderland – Will you be applauding in the 33rd minute?
So here we are, Sunday brings round the first derby of this season. At home first and hopefully NUFC will perform better than last week against Arsebak, and emulate the dogged determination to win they showed against Chelsea.
Firstly, I don’t agree with not walking the away fans to the ground.
Whoever is advising the chief constable, and advised him that this is a good idea, obviously knows nothing about football, or more to the point knows nothing of the flashpoints between rivals supporters on derby day.
Furthermore, if you are not going to walk the away supporters to the ground, then don’t advertise that this isn’t going to happen, tell the clubs quietly, and let them tell the people that need to know. Advertising it days before the game just gives the minority of fools who ‘purport to support’ time to organise themselves, on both sides!
All I will say on this matter is you don’t need a ticket to a game to be a hooligan, it’s been proven many times, that most of the buffoons outside the ground causing trouble have nothing to do with either club.
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I for one as a season ticket holder at NUFC don’t WANT people who fight and hurl bottles, and for that matter punch police officers, to have anything to do with my club. If the police have a heavy presence on the route, before and after the game, and they are still marshalled into the ground then maybe that’s fair enough, but please please please don’t allow them to have carte blanche across the city, that would be a disaster of biblical proportions!
Secondly, this 33rd minute thing.
Who will actually be standing and applauding (standing ovation) in the 33rd minute in recognition of the donations made by Sunderland fans in the wake of the terrible fate that befell John and Liam?
I do think this is a good idea, but not if only half the home fans participate. As this in itself will cause friction amongst home fans, on the one day more than any other we NEED to stand UNITED.
I would encourage debate on pages and forums this week to establish if indeed the majority want to show thanks, or gratitude, for a show of true compassion across a bitter divide, or not.
I am honestly interested in your views, and mine is that no good deed should go unrecognised, so I think I will applaud, and face the consequences!
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