Back in the good old days (eighties) Micky Hazard used to get some tremendous stick from Newcastle fans.
A quality ball playing midfielder who was at Tottenham and Chelsea when at his peak, the fact he was also from Sunderland didn’t help…
Looking back at those days, Micky Hazard has now revealed he wasn’t even a Sunderland fan!
He had just turned 13 when the Mackems won the FA Cup in 1973 but he was already on Tottenham’s books by that point.
As often happens, Hazard believes that the more stick he got, the better he felt he played against Newcastle as the fans gave him grief.
He does admit though that back in the seventies and eighties St James Park ‘was such an intimidating place to play’.
As Mike Ashley now continues his propaganda campaign telling Newcastle fans that they should not aspire to anything but hoping for survival, Micky Hazard reminds us ‘Newcastle is a massive club, let’s make no bones about it’.
Newcastle fans also came into contact with Hazard when he later played for Swindon in the second tier in the early nineties, as he was in the twilight of his career. The skill was still there but the pace and stick from United fans had diminished.
Micky Hazard talking to official Spurs site:
“I joined Spurs at a very early age, so I never really had a time to get into the rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle, because I simply never was a Sunderland fan.
“I’m from Sunderland but even when they won the FA Cup back in 1973 I’d already signed for Spurs.
“Of course, Newcastle fans always regarded me as the enemy!
“Whenever we played at St James, they’d properly got stuck in! But the more they called me out, the better I played.
“Newcastle is a massive club, let’s make no bones about it.
“I remember playing at St James Park as it was back in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. It was such an intimidating place to play.
“For me, it always carried extra feeling because of the Sunderland-Newcastle rivalry and I always wanted desperately to win there, and we did okay there to be fair!”