When Newcastle played at home to Watford earlier in the season, I gave the game a miss, as the girlfriend was flying up to Newcastle and she doesn’t like football very much.
In fact, the only game she has ever been to, she saw a convicted sex offender score a last-minute winner at St James’ Park for Sunderland so why would she like it?
Instead, we went straight from the airport a couple of stops down the coast to Tynemouth and went to the beach.
On the way back to the Metro we had a meander around the market. I love those sorts of places, especially in the North East because you can guarantee that there’ll be some crazy fella (football crazy) selling a load of football memorabilia. Sure enough, there he was, programmes, magazines the lot.
I stumbled upon a pile of old copies of The Mag, and flicked through a particular issue, which included a tiny section named ‘Top 10 Plusses for Sunderland Fans’.
You can see where this is going after Sunderland fans watched their team relegated yet again today at home to Burton Albion:
(1) You probably won’t get relegated again.
(2) Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford will be going to the World Cup with England.
(3) You may support a rubbish football team, but look on the bright side, your grandchildren will probably end up supporting Newcastle so at least they’ll be happier.
(4) If Sunderland had been in the same league as Newcastle this year they would have had an extra six points and therefore stayed up. Ah, but don’t worry, you’ll get to play our youth team in the Checkatrade Trophy next season!
(5) It’s only the football team that is getting relegated and so you’ll still be able to visit Roker Beach, the swings in Pennywell, and I hear you have a new bridge too!
(6) Blackpool away will be a great weekend for you! Although let’s face it, it will be on a Tuesday night in January…
(7) No need to worry about the distance of getting to away games against the likes of Portsmouth or Plymouth because Newcastle International Airport is only a 30 minute drive away!
(8) Premier League to League One means you have really hit rock-bottom so things can only go up from here right? Just ask Portsmouth, Wimbledon, Bradford, Oldham, Swindon, Blackpool, Blackburn and Coventry…
(9) With the Checkatrade Trophy, League One, The FA Cup and the League Cup you will get to go to even more matches!
(10) It will be the first time Sunderland get to play Accrington Stanley. Who are they, you ask? Well Sunderland is a small town in County Durham known for cheesy chips, a Japanese car and a football club that is slowly dying…
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