I have never written anything for The Mag before (or anywhere else) but I was given the push to do so, after I read a number of comments/articles which mentioned the predicament of Sunderland fans.
Just in case you haven’t heard…
Sunderland fans saw their team relegated in rock bottom place last May (2017), with yet another entry for worst team ever seen in Premier League history.
Moving nine months on and with only 14 games in the second tier to go, the Mackems are 24th of 24 in the Championship.
Along with Burton, the Wearsiders are the odds on favourites to be demoted.
There are also another couple of relevant things to consider…
When Newcastle were relegated in May 2016, Sunderland fans had a field day.
Flying a plane above St James Park, attaching their bed sheets to the Tyne Bridge with an ‘amusing’ message and so on.
They also had torrents of abuse for Rafa Benitez, mocking him for being at fault for the relegation, even though it was pretty much everybody’s fault but the Spaniard’s for the relegation after Mike Ashley left it ridiculously late to sack Steve McClaren.
Newcastle supporters were also, bizarrely, relentlessly ridiculed, for wanting Champions League, double La Liga, double Europa League, winning boss Rafa Benitez to stay on.
Now coming back to the present day and why I was moved to write something for the first time, have noticed a significant minority of Newcastle fans on The Mag, and elsewhere, saying that Sunderland fans and their club are in such a state that it is now too cruel to keep laughing at them, and we shouldn’t want them to keep on losing week after week.
I have noticed this especially since Newcastle’s win over Manchester United and maybe fans feeling a lot more confident about staying up, that victory having also coincided with Sunderland fans now hitting the very bottom of the Championship.
Well I’m sorry but I think there must be some kind of new contagious disease which is giving Newcastle fans the memory of a goldfish, totally forgetting all the nonsense Sunderland fans have thrown at us, much of it not too long ago.
I think that rather than stopping laughing at Sunderland fans, the lower they go the more we should laugh at them, and louder.
Now I am not somebody who wants to see all Mackems out of work and living on the streets BUT when it comes to football, I want Newcastle to be as high as possible and Sunderland to be as low as they possibly can be.
It is called rivalry and as I said above, it is our duty to want that.
When Sunderland fans were laughing at us and coming up with their feeble attempts at taking the mick, I didn’t have any problem with that. It is expected and part of football is taking that stick, as well as giving it out. Just as it is with winning and losing on the pitch.
I have also heard some other Newcastle supporters urging the rest of us to exercise caution and wait until the end of the season, just in case we go down and the Mackems stay up.
You can stick that where you want. I’ll worry about the end of season when we get there but why on earth would you pass up the chance to be laughing at them when their team is at the very bottom of the Championship and over half the Sunderland fans who were there in the Premier League have turned their backs on the club, manager and players in their time of most need.
Sunderland fans predicted that thousands of Newcastle fans would desert the team on relegation and instead we ended up with more season ticket holders (around 40,000) in the Championship and crowds increased to an average of over 51,000 – and that was with four more home matches and the inconvenience of more midweek games than in the Premier League.
Maybe in 10 or 20 years time I might think that it is about time Sunderland fans saw their team come back up through the divisions and give us some derby matches once again BUT that time is not now.
Best of luck to Sunderland fans (I work, rest (drink) and play football with plenty of them) as they go about their normal lives but when it comes to football, they can’t fall too low.