A Newcastle fans group has asked fellow supporters to meet up in Newcastle late this afternoon and then travel over to Sunderland en masse tonight.

There hasn’t been a reserve match derby since 2014 (see below) with Newcastle being in a lower second string division than their local rivals.

However, tonight is a Premier League International Cup quarter-final with the two teams drawn out of the hat.

The game has been moved to the Stadium of Light which gives it extra appeal.

Newcastle fans able to pay on the gate for the 7pm kick-off.

In the past, away reserve match derbies are usually only for the very dedicated, rather than the main body of supporters.

However, The Gallows Newcastle United fan group are asking all interested supporters to meet in the Mile Castle pub opposite Central Station and then travel down together on the Metro.

It could end up being a bit more ‘lively’ than your average reserve fixture…

The Mag – Tuesday 6 March 2018:

Victor Fernandez is hoping to face Sunderland for the first time.

Newcastle playing Sunderland in the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday night.

The game is being played at the Stadium of Light (7pm kick-off), so it should be a good experience for Newcastle’s young stars.

The Premier League International Cup is for reserve sides from England and others from mainland Europe, though all matches are played in England.

The 19 year old Spaniard is yet to experience a derby match in the north east, yet another example of the decay under Mike Ashley.

Sunderland play in Premier League 2 Division 1, which is the top division for reserve sides, whilst Newcastle are second bottom of Premier League 2 Division 2.

With Newcastle reserves playing at a lower level, it has meant no derby matches since 2014.

Victor Fernandez joined the Magpies from Cornella last season and was one of a sizeable number of young players brought in from around the world by Rafa Benitez, to strengthen the age groups below the first team.

However, that process appears to have dried up, with no repeat of major recruitment/strengthening with young  players this season, for whatever reason.

The more big competitive matches that young players play, can only be good for their development, so good luck to Newcastle’s young stars as they look to reach the semi-finals tomorrow night, whilst at the same time winning a rare derby game.

Victor Fernandez talking to official Newcastle United site:

“It would be the first time I have played against Sunderland, and I know about the rivalry that Newcastle and Sunderland have.

It will be a tough game…all the lads say that it’s going to be a big game, so we must win.

“These games against Sunderland are so big and the fans know all about the rivalry.

“It will be an extra thing for us and it would be a great game to play in.

“All the games make you feel excited but of course if you know there is such a rivalry between the teams it is an extra motivation to play.

“You always have to train hard in training and make sure your individual performances in games are good, so I hope I can be in the starting team on Wednesday.

“Since I came I think I am getting used to English football more and more because it is different to Spanish football.

“Now I think I’m getting used to it, people tackle you and you have to pass the ball quickly.

“I feel OK and I have got a couple of assists. I am happy but I would like to score more goals.

“We have played against teams from around the world, big teams, and it will be very nice to win it. But it will be very hard, because there is some very good teams in it also.

“We are still together – we still have things to win.”

  • NUFCDan

    Reckon there will actually be any Mackems there? They don’t even bother turning up to watch their first team, even when the tickets are free.

    • John

      I think free tickets were stopped years ago. Maybe they arent silly enough to line their owners pockets when they want him out

  • Rich Lawson

    Well,at least we’re not being provactive then ? Be funny if the away crowd was bigger than the home tho’.

  • Gallowgate1982

    As a lifetime NUFC fan the continued focus in this fanzine on Sunderland shows you are in fact no longer the independent voice of NUFC fans. This fanzine should be about NUFC and not what Sunderlands latest conquerors fans have to say especially the villa fans who are also hated by NUFC fans. Time to move onto to other blogs / forums maybe true faith as this is now absolute rubbish in comparison to the old mag fanzine that was usually a tremendous read.

    • paul mclaughlan

      To be fair this article is 100% about The Toon.

    • Magpie1974

      Eh? NUFC U23s playing too..
      (and won (on penaltys).

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Martin

    How sad. A Derby ‘March’. Some of our fans are pathetic.