Brendan Foster and Steve Cram are united by the world of athletics.
The pair of them representing the north east and Great Britain to great effect in the Olympic Games and other top end competitions.
Now they work together as co-commentators covering athletics, though Brendan Foster earlier this week announced he would be giving it up after the World Championships later this summer.
When it comes to football though, there is of course the Tyne and Wear divide.
Brendan Foster a massive Newcastle fan, whilst Steve Cram is of the red and white persuasion.
Sunday morning saw the pair of them covering the 2017 London Marathon on the BBC and Brendan Foster revealed how he had been tortured by his mackem mate, Steve Cram having sent him directions on how to get to Burton after Newcastle’s relegation last season.
Revenge of course is a dish best served cold and one year on, Brendan says that he is now preparing to send directions to Fleetwood and various other destinations, as Sunderland are now heading for certain relegation.
As well as the potential exotic destination of Fleetwood, Sunderland could also be facing the likes of Scunthorpe, Rochdale and Southend, who are also aiming for promotion to the Championship.
Whilst Brendan Foster may also have to return those Burton directions to Steve Cram, as Nigel Clough has done a remarkable job and the minnows are all but mathematically sure of staying up, being six points clear of relegation with only two games to go.
Steve Cram speaking to The Mirror earlier this week after Brendan Foster announced he would retire from commentating after August’s World Championships:
“Brendan Foster has been a big part of my athletics career, first when I was running and then when I was broadcasting.
“So it will be a strange and sad feeling not to have him beside me anymore.
“We have the most fun during the London Marathon and the Great North Run, over the years we have always enjoyed the banter on those days.
“Like a commentator on any sport what should shine through is their love for the sport and Brendan has never lost that, particularly with the distance events.
“I don’t think Brendan will shed a tear when he finishes, he is not the most emotional person.
“It will be tinged with sadness and he might be misty eyed, but you will also get his big smile and laughter and then we will all have a beer afterwards, which is how he likes to do things.”
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