Sunderland fans told Newcastle supporters to ‘enjoy Burton’ in May 2016.

Newcastle fans did indeed enjoy Burton, beating them home and away in close games, to pick up six points on the way to finishing as champions in May 2017.

Only 11 months later, Newcastle fans are very much enjoying Burton once again.

With three games remaining, Sunderland faced Nigel Clough’s team at the Stadium of Light.

Defeat for either would effectively mean relegation, whilst if other results went against them, it could even be mathematically certain for either of them.

If you could have written the script, it wouldn’t have been better.

Fact definitely stranger than fiction.

Sunderland went ahead through a McNair goal on 34 minutes.

With only five minutes remaining, the Mackems were still in front.

On 86 minutes former Sunderland striker Darren Bent pounced to score only his second goal of the season.

The farce only got better, as two minutes into injury time, Boyce put the visitors in front!

Sunderland weren’t taking this lying down though and made sure there was a final hilarious punchline…

Only five minutes of extra time had been added but into the sixth minute Sunderland equalised, only for the referee to then rule it out, apparently for handball.

This led to very angry scenes with McGeady and Cattermole both booked as the final whistle went.

Sunderland not mathematically down unless results had gone against them elsewhere…

Birmingham went a goal down at home to Sheffield United but came back to win 2-1, meaning the Mackems could no longer catch them.

Looking at the league table after Saturday afternoon’s games, it looks at first glance as though Sunderland could, mathematically, still survive.

sunderland fans

However, Burton play Bolton next weekend and a draw means Sunderland can’t catch them, whilst a win for Burton would mean the Mackems couldn’t match them.

So…Sunderland are down!

Six in a row?

Well Newcastle fans have certainly enjoyed watching Sunderland win only six of 44 matches on the way to relegation.



  • Waggy

    Was it Shakespeare who once said “Karma can be just like a kick in the nuts sometimes” ?

    • Dingus

      Pretty sure you’ll find it was Captain Caveman. Close enough though

    • TheFatController

      Mackems Mackems wherefore art thou Mackems?

      League One, luv.

    • Jezza

      They have been made to pay a hell of a price for the plane and banner. I truly pity them and am taking no pleasure in their relegation to division three.

      • GToon

        Not even a little bit?

        • Jezza

          I admit to having had a chuckle at their relegation from the Premiership last year but I wouldn’t wish this on them. It’s not good for North East football either.

          • Nick from MK

            With you on this one Jezza – its more fun when we have derby fixtures on the schedule. Unless Boro make it through the playoffs we are looking at ZERO North-East Derbies next year – has that ever happened before? It is not good.

          • Jezza

            Agreed. Let’s hope Middlesborough can come up through the play offs. We could do with that, not just for the good of North East football but also to redress the North South balance a bit. No disrespect to teams like Brighton, Watford, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, they are in the Premiership on merit but we could do with a bit more even North South split.

      • Mark Potter

        What garbage. They haven’t been relegated twice in a row because some of their fans flew a banner. The league table doesn’t lie – they are getting relegated (again) because their players and manager are so poor, and even on such an important game for the club, most Mackems stayed away from the ground.

        We know you are sad because your second club will be playing in the third tier. You have prayed all season for it not to happen. Tough luck.

        • Danimal

          Can you get this sense of humour bypass on the NHS?

      • Albert Stubbins

        I’m the same but opposite!!

  • TheFatController

    If I was obsessed, I’d probably set up a fund for a banner by plane.

    But I’m not, I will admit to finding it all hilarious. They’ve dropped 9 points to late goals in the last 4 matches. Even their players seem to hate the club… so why should we take all the flak for hating them?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I was hoping they`d hang on till next Friday as i wanted to see a Newcastle player
    carry out the Coup de grace on them
    🔫
    😭

    • paul mclaughlan

      The earlier the better for me. Still would’ve been hilarious though.

  • Phil

    I’m definitely not one of those who is going to miss Sunderland. Feel sorry for them in any way. Or care if they go down to league 2!!

    I have read numerous people say it is a shame for north east football. Blah blah blah!! No it is not. Newcastle United are my only concern.

    It is hilarious. They had a good laugh at our expense. They harp on about 6 in a row.

    The place is a dump. The football club is a joke…. LALAS

    Enjoy your pint tonight Darren Bent!! 😂🍺

    • Mike

      hear hear good riddence

      • Jonas

        yep, anyone who thinks differently thinks too much like a mackem for me – that it all revolves around comparing themselves to rivals, we have no local rivals to compare to at the moment and I’m completely satisfied just focusing on my own team

  • thewildchimp

    So, technically, no matter what they do, those are probably going to be Burton’s actions that will put them down? Also United’s player that will nail the coffin at the very moment? And people ask me why I’m religious…

    • Mark Potter

      So why are you religious? You certainly can’t do maths. So I’m guessing it’s because you are don’t understand science, and think a sky wizard helped Burton score their goals, not the Mackem’s poor defence.

      • thewildchimp

        Well, out of the 5 universities I’ve entered so far, 4 were science oriented, so I think I know my way around the numbers a bit. Eventually, I ditched that stuff to pursue a career in bartending, but I snuffed that as well, because of diminished health.
        All in all – poetic justice, my friend. Sure, you might believe that this is just one random outcome but I don’t. Tesla, Einstein, Newton and millions of others also had no problem doing math and understanding that there is something more to this life. But if you want to believe (because you can’t prove) that your ancestors are flagellates and parameciidae – who am I to stop you?

        P.S. Even if I said all that explicitly, how do you know He didn’t, without conducting an experiment first? Are you… assuming things?! How unscientific.

  • Leicester Mag

    Maybe they could bring the old Milk Advert back only this time the kid drinking milk wearing an Accrington Stanley shirt says to his mate if you don’t drink milk you’ll end up playing for Sunderland to which he replies who the folk are they?

    • csh

      Exactly.

    • Danimal

      Accrington Stanley? Wheyse are theyse?

  • Vincent Gigante

    I sincerely hope that ‘we’ll meet again’ and ‘are you watching sunderland?’ both get a good airing on Monday night football and over the next few weeks.
    Can’t wait for the documentary…..

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The fans should be thankful that Ashley invested wisely when we went down unlike Ellis Short without him it could have easily been us. Cannot understand the criticism he gets on here.

    • Leicester Mag

      Shouldn’t you be joining the queue on Wearmouth bridge?

      • Peaky

        There’d be no shortage of volunteer pushers….

    • Phil

      🎣 some people seem to just use the Internet for bites!!

    • Damon Horner

      How many team’s from Premier League go down back to back? It’s not the sign of a good owner that it doesn’t happen. It’s a terrible one who does.

      • Mark Potter

        How many clubs bounce straight back up as Champions? Not many. Relegation puts a massive hole in a club’s finances. To come back in style twice is a unique achievement.

        • Damon Horner

          This could be debated forever and I’m not anti-Ashley to the level of a lot on here. One thing is for certain though for me is the manager and the players deserve the lions share of the credit for our promotions not the sleeping owner.

          • Mark Potter

            That would be the owner who negotiated the deal that brought Rafa to the club, and saw him stay when we were relegated. Even if Ashley got many things wrong over the last ten years, it was an inspired signing.

          • Damon Horner

            Fair enough mate. Your thoughts. No other managerial appointment had very recent top level experience but credit Ashley for not screwing up negotiations when a chance tell on his lap.

            I credit Man Utd’s success largely to Ferguson but I suppose you’d be applauding the directors box if you were a Man Utd fan.

          • Jezza

            Don’t feed the troll, lads. Monkseaton Magpies and Mark Potter are the same person. He’s not a Newcastle fan and he’s never been to Monkseaton in his life.

          • Mark Potter

            Your typical response to anyone who disagrees with you. You never answer the points, just engage in ad hominems, and just repeat the same mantra that one person posts all of the comments you disagree with. How is your behaviour not trolling? Such comments as above are not intended to further discussion. Indeed you go out of your way to try to stifle debate.

            “He’s not a Newcastle fan..” You spend alot of time talking up Sunderland and slagging off our club. But you’re the only true fan? LMAO.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            There is great irony in Jezza’s posts. He’s too simple to see it though.

          • Jezza

            He is a Manchester fan.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            So, why blame Ashley for failure?

          • Damon Horner

            I think things could be very different. There doesn’t seem to be much focus on our commercial revenue streams. Our facilities aren’t to the level of a top 10 team. Our youth team’s aren’t producing which could be because of the focus of the scouting team. Our transfer policy before wasn’t great (or executed great), I don’t think it accounted for missing player types or personalities (demonstrated by no stronger leader presence than Coloccini). Our current transfer policy is quite right. I think we spend when we New to, even if it means paying in instalments not when the money’s there. A risk was taken last summer with the goalscorers, Rafa has lifted his players emphatically. I think Sports Direct has benefitted greatly, not just with free advertising but the retail contracts and the giant free pass into the sport, has Newcastle United prospered? If the aim isn’t for the success of Sports Direct he is making it look that way. Idon’t think the boardroom is fit for purpose, Charnley lacked experience relative to his peers and now is the sole board member which, could fix a lot of the above. He isn’t clear on his vision or communication, all this needless politics with takeover talks and transfer budgets and a lot of this is because he wants final say but doesn’t want to be around. I reckon the loan is remaining as debt is a worry and feels like a gun to the head.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I don’t disagree with a lot that you say however:

            Commercial revenue is about right for the sizes of the club, at the last count we were a little better than Everton.

            Agree on facilities but if no money was spent on transfers because the training facilities were upgraded, that’s going to go down badly.

            The youth set up has been poor for year, Glenn Roeder got it moving in the right direction but was over-promoted.

            The transfer policy was European, it should work well but like Southampton have found, the conveyor of talent can fail all too easily.

            Sports Direct do ok from the advertising but it’s not really an issue, the lost advertising revenue is only about £2-3m. That money is more than recouped in the interest saved.

            Charnley is more impressive than most give him credit for but he’s spread too thin. The support structure comes from Sports Direct but that’s not transparent. The question is, does it need to be?

            The takeover politics mainly came from Stavely’s team. She did the same tactic at Liverpool to appear popular with press and fanbase. I’m not sure if that’s important or welcome if she were successful in taking over. Ashley wants to sell, he just is not going to give it away cheap. I thought Ashley was right to announce that talks were off as it was a distraction.

            Communication? I agree it’s not good. The question is, would people accept more information or just be cynical? You just have to read these pages, info is spun with a negeitive twist and sometimes (often in the comments) cynicism leads to blatent lies.

            The loan is what it is, it’s far less of a gun to the head than had it been external. He’s not used it as an excuse and it’s structured as not to damage the business, I don’t really see that point.

        • Danimal

          How many clubs who recently had the second highest turnover in British football and regular European campaigns managed to get themselves relegated twice in 8 years? A unique achievement? And you’re not allowed to say ‘Leeds’.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I can’t say Leeds because it’s the most relevant answer?

            Also, we were losing £33m a year when Ashley took over, the turnover was not the second highest either.

          • Danimal

            The turnover had been second highest regularly but Arsenal’s continued success and Chelsea’s new money etc pushed us down a little (in the table, although the turnover remained high). Leeds were not in that position, they had a couple of good seasons then gambled on being ever-present in the top four. I’m grateful we haven’t followed their example but the steady decline under Ashley is baffling. No increase in turnover in ten years despite the gift of all that tv money. All comparable clubs from ten years ago (Man City, Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Liverpool) have soared away from us and consolidated their places at the top table. I do think it’s a shame that the game has gone that way but it’s absurd that we have chosen not to be part of it.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            When other clubs say we’re deluded, we all get upset but to compare us with Man C, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool is deluded. Man City have an oil state bankrolling them, the other three were well ahead of us in 2007. Spurs had a turnover of £105m (v ours £87m), profit of £30m (v ours a LOSS of £33m) and positive balance sheet at £49m (v ours insolvent to £16m), literally an infinitely better spending power.

            Our turnover in the last year of the Shepherd and Hall era was £87m and we lost £33m, the club was technically insolvent to the tune of £16m .

            Our turnover in the last account was £126m with a profit of £4.6m and balance sheet in the positive zone at £33m.

            Compared with Everton, who you claim to have soared away from us, in the same year, their turnover was £121m (£5m less than ours) , they made a £24m loss and if it wasn’t for a benefactor, they are technically insolvent to the tune of £43m.

            let’s not rewrite history.

    • Mike

      eh? go away and boil ya heed

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        So where are the buyers to put the money in now we are safe far far away. With out Ashley we would be just like Sunderland but the people on this site would not have the brains to realise that.

        • TheFatController

          Apart from the time Ashley was supposed to meet Mansour’s people in Dubai but went off gambling instead ….?

    • TheFatController

      I think we’re just disappointed he bid for BHS that time and not Burton’s Menswear…

    • Chuck D

      I can explain it for you if you like? There’s the short and long explanation.

  • HarryHype59

    I can see them going down again to League 2. That club is rotten to the core.

  • kingfisher

    Taxi for Coleman ???

    • HarryHype59

      He isn’t very good at league level.

      • Mark Potter

        It’s well over ten years (2003-4 season) since he managed Fulham to 9th in the Premiership. Since then nothing but failure in club football. But amazingly he will probably get another job and continue to make a fortune from football.

    • Jonas

      Doleman

      • Peaky

        Nice one

      • kingfisher

        🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣👍👍👍

  • Damon Horner

    Come on Ashley. Sell us, take them on and complete the fairy tale 🤣

    If we were playing Burton every week we’d be top of the league!

  • Phil

    Fingers crossed

  • Waxi

    Yes we are still enjoying Burton Blunderland. See ya.

  • East Durham Mag

    A19 – A1m – M25 – A2 – M2 – Gillingham 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Cockneytrev

    Schadenfreude!!!!!

    • Leicester Mag

      Average Mackem probably thinks this is a German midfielder

  • GToon

    That’s gotta be the funniest 10 minutes of my life, listening to sky announce “Sunderland fans cover your ears” cos it’s 1-1 to “there’s been a third goal at the stadium of you know “ to “it’s been disallowed “ when they thought they’d equalized. I didn’t know what to do. I was beside myself in a total frenzy, shouting, laughing, phoning my sons and just laughing! Hilarious. Got my lottery ticket but whatever happens this has been quite a day.

    • Leazes.

      The BBC also announced a stay of execution….

  • Tweed Mag

    A straightforward lesson for Sunderland fans – support your own team and don’t obsess about Newcastle. The moment they flew the plane was the moment they began their own downfall. It is anyone’s guess when (or if) they will make it back to the PL.

    • Mark Potter

      Nah, they’ve been sinking slowly and surely before then. Not just avoiding relegation by the skin of their teeth several times, but racking up the debts to pay off managers, buying loads of very poor players that they couldn’t get rid of, relying on people like Cattermole. A player who deserves to play third tier football.

      • Tweed Mag

        All true, but they tempted fate and paid the price.

        • Mark Potter

          BS. Fate has nothing to do with it. Poor players, poorer managers, poorest supporters.

          • Tweed Mag

            Cheers. I’m afraid I don’t know that much about Sunderland so I will take your word for it.

          • TheFatController

            You’re not alone. Neither do the other 23 League 1 clubs.

            Yet.

  • Mike

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees brilliant

  • Peaky

    Kane & Ali also out of FA Cup…..hate Man Utd also but……
    🎵🎵🎵 “It’s Such A Perfect Day………🎵🎵🎵🎵

    • Alreet

      You’re gonna reap just what you sow yeahahhaha!!!

      • Peaky

        😂😂😂

    • Georgia Peter

      Porcistreet.
      Just sad that it’s manure that’s done em.

      • Peaky

        That’s the downside…but it’s worth it to see Dele Ali get knocked out…

    • Jezza

      I’m taking no pleasure in Manchester getting to the cup final to be truthfull.

  • Jonas

    2 in a row

    • Mark Potter

      That’s been done before, 12 times in the history of the English game, twice in the Premiership era. What will certainly be a record for a Premiership club is to be relegated bottom twice in a row. Come on Fulham, we gave you Mitro just for this! Don’t disappoint us.

  • love toon despite

    I won’t be able to sleep tonight now…….too excited.

    • Leazes.

      I’m going to watch the Championship with a chilled bottle of Workie Ticket.

      • TheFatController

        🔑 🔑 ?

        • Peaky

          That is good
          😂😂

      • Peaky

        Clarko does his own range of beer now ???

        • Albert Stubbins

          I bet it’s as bitter as him and tastes like p***

  • Leazes.

    Aren’t you supposed to do three good and three bad on the subject?

    See what I mean yet?

  • Fireman Sam

    The mackems have got what they deserve, but we shouldn’t laugh too hard. Whilst Mike Ashley is around a similar scenario for us is not beyond the realm of possibility.

    • Mark Potter

      Give over man. It’s less than 12 months since we WON the Championship. They are probably going to end the season BOTTOM.

      Us twice returning to the Premiership at the first opportunity as winners is unique. It will be a unique and very special record if Sunderland are twice relegated from the Premiership in successive seasons as the bottom club.

      The gap between the two clubs is massive. Losing at home to Burton, winning at home to Man U and Arsenal.

      • Fireman Sam

        We should never be anywhere near the championship man! That is what Ashley wants, a yo yo club. Make us think we have success, min spend, and he pockets the cash.

        Look forward not back. We can only progress if Ashley sells up, and soon.

        • Mark Potter

          The club lost over £100 million because of the two relegations. Even if he ran the club to make a petsonal profit (he doesn’t), deliberately getting relegated would make no sense.

          He’s never pocketed any cash from the club.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We lost revenue if that’s what you mean. Certainly the 2016 relegation was a bad one to suffer but the 2009 relegation possibly saved money as it helped get rid of a lot of expensive dead wood. I think, had we stayed up that year, the club would have continued to struggle with a huge wage bill and unable to start afresh.

            Although in 2009 Ashley had to pump money into the club, I think he’d have had to do that anyway, we were still running a big wage bill from the FFS years and losing money as well as the appeal in the VAT case was lost and the club had to cough up.

            Sunderland had been firefighting for some years, borrowing money to fight relegation without a structured plan so when they went down, they had a terrible dysfunctional side and of course, their owner was no longer prepared to throw more money at it.

            You are of course right, no money has been pocketed, quite the opposite.

        • Jezza

          I see Clarko/Monkseaton/ghostbuster has rolled out one of his lesser used alternative IDs tonight.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Jezza, you are being incredibly stupid, once again.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Never happen.

      • Steven05

        Yes it will

        He will be gone one day. That’s a fact.

        • Albert Stubbins

          I was referring to us going into old third!! Never happen.

          • Steven05

            Ah right, sorry my mistake

  • Grahame Johnson

    Captain nemo has asked for a refund on his Sunderland built submarine as it only goes down 2 leagues

  • Alreet

    I think ill write this day down in the diary. Scumderland…… they dont know how much of a gift they really are.

    Hey Mitro. Tell us all that joke about how you scored a hat trick against the scummers

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Darren Bent the new Tony Cascarino take a bow son .

  • TheFatController

    Channel 5 moving their horror shows back an hour after the watershed next season…

  • Mirandinha9

    They’ll not be flying a plane over SJP this season. I saw many 5under1and fans FB posts this season, reminiscing about ‘6 in the row’ wins or their 1990 play off win over us, so quite simply, stuff them. Living in an inferior city to the Toon, they are always obsessed by NUFC and are deserving of this plight. In fact, there are positives for them. They, like the Toon, promised their fans that they would get themselves out of the Championship after one season and they’ve kept their promise, albeit, in the wrong direction.

  • CaptainCaveman

    Enjoy this and show no sympathy! Happy days :D

  • Albert Stubbins

    Accrington Stanley 3 Sunderland 0.

  • robbersdog

    Will Rodwell still be on £80k a week in Div 1?

    • TheFatController

      Yes and no.

      Yes, on £80k, but no, more likely on a beach somewhere !

      • Mark Potter

        No, the club must have a clause about relegation and he will take a 40% wage cut. He will earn £44k per week, £2.2 million over the year, unless they can get rid of him.

        That one wage is probably more than the entire wage bill of most League 1 clubs. I suspect Gibson’s sacking had more to do with getting him off the wage bill than a discovery of a moral backbone. They will need to get rid of most of their players if they are to avoid bankruptcy.

        And while Coleman talks like he will be there next year, there must be a contract termination option on relegation without any penalty to the club, because they won’t be able to afford his wages either. So cue another summer of trying to find someone willing to manage the club, at a time when they desperately need a manager to sort out the players. Hilarious.

        I’m hoping their wage bill will bankrupt them. They will start the season in League 1 with -10 points. They aren’t coming back from this very easily.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I doubt Roswell has such a clause in his contract, nor Coleman.

  • Phil

    I’d imagine a mass exodus of darrass hall now. All those Sunderland players who were living there now having to move to pennywell.

    As for the fans. Well it’s not all doom and gloom…. You still beat us 6 times in a row. Then again you have just been relegated twice in a row! You have row upon row of empty seats. Your players combined value is equal to that of a
    portion of cheesy chips. Your owner seems to care less about you than Adam Johnson cares about the age of consent. Maybe I was wrong…. It is all doom and gloom!! Hahahahahahahahahaha SMB

    • Ba ba.

      👍 😂 😂 😂

    • Jim

      SMB cheesy chips empty seats Adam Johnson.
      Mackem full house right there. I bet you’re not obsessed though.

      • Phil

        Enjoy Accrington!

  • Ba ba.

    A great day… How they mocked and called us berated and laughed … Enjoy this people take it all in….. Have no sympathy for these fools they are doon and oot and long me it last.

  • Mrkgw

    Land of the pink seats fades further into obscurity. Gone for a long long time.

  • Michael stone island y fronts

    When’s let’s all laugh at Sunderland 3 coming out ? SMB.

  • gallowgate26

    Two-in-a-row!! Ahhhh