After being turned down by one Scottish pub boss in Derek McInnes, Sunderland found themselves taken apart by another Scottish pub team.
Tommy Wright leading his St Johnstone side to a convincing 3-0 victory over the Mackems on Saturday afternoon.
After previously working in a pub pulling pints, Newcastle fans affectionately referred to Wright as ‘Tommy the barman’ after he belatedly moved into full-time football at the age of 25, moving from Northern Ireland.
Popular with supporters, Tommy Wright moved to Newcastle in 1988 and stayed for five years, then later returned in 1999 for a three game emergency loan spell.
The win over Sunderland today will be especially sweet, as one of that trio of 1999 games was four days before his 36th birthday when he kept goal in the infamous 2-1 home defeat to the mackems that saw Shearer and Ferguson start on the bench, with Ruud Gullit resigning after the defeat.
Today saw Sunderland’s ‘star’ summer signing James Vaughan make his debut, only to fluff the chance to put the mackems ahead from the penalty spot.
This was quickly followed by three St Johnstone goals (watch them below) in six minutes which left the visitors embarrassed at the ease in which they were taken apart.
Luckily for the players, only 573 Sunderland fans (Newcastle took 1,468 to Hearts on Friday night and only fans with season ticket loyalty points managed to get tickets as they didn’t even reach members, never mind the general public) had bothered to make the trip.
Well done Tommy the barman and hope he enjoys celebrating the win tonight.
As for Sunderland, it looks like they are planning ahead by recruiting League One players such as Vaughan, to go with League One specialist manager Simon Grayson.
“It was a good afternoon.
“I thought we defended well and also passed the ball well.
“Overall I’m really pleased.
“I thought it was two good finishes from David for his goals.
“Mark Hurst also did well when he came on for Zander.”