The Police have saved Sunderland from potential serious embarrassment this coming season.

Last month it was confirmed (see below) that Newcastle United would once again enter a team of kids in the Checkatrade Trophy.

They are one of 16 Category One Academies in the competition, along with the first teams of the 48 League One and Two clubs.

With the group stage divided into north and south, it looked to be a one in eight chance of Newcastle’s kids playing Sunderland’s first team.

However, the Police have intervened and in a move to prevent potential trouble, they have blocked Newcastle playing Sunderland and Southampton playing Portsmouth.

EFL statement:

“Southampton U21s will be prevented from being drawn with Portsmouth and Newcastle U21s will avoid Sunderland in Round One, as the EFL has committed to work in conjunction with the Police to avoid high-profile clashes in the Group Stages.”

Not sure what would happen beyond the group stage if both qualify…?

The Mag – 18 June 2018:

Sunderland managed a second spectacular relegation in a row, last season seeing the Wearsiders finishing rock bottom in the Championship, 12 months after doing the same in the Premier League.

As the Mackems playing Accrington Stanley on a level playing field became reality, the spectre of the Checkatrade Trophy also loomed for Sunderland fans.

Newcastle United entered a side for the first time last season, their Under 21s featuring as Port Vale won the group and qualified along with Oldham, Newcastle in third place and Crewe bottom of the group.

Now it has been confirmed that the Magpies are once again one of 16 Category One academies to enter the tournament, alongside the 48 clubs in Leagues One and Two.

Those 48 clubs including Sunderland of course.

The 64 teams will be split into pools of four clubs, with each group having an invited academy side in it.

However, last season the group stage was split into north and south to keep travelling/expenses down, so if that is repeated and no reason to think it won’t be, then Newcastle United’s kids have a one in eight chance of drawing Sunderland’s first team in their northern group.

Invited Under 21 sides in 2018-19 EFL Trophy:

Arsenal

Brighton

Chelsea

Everton

Fulham

Leicester City

Manchester City

Middlesbrough

Newcastle United

Southampton

Stoke

Swansea

Tottenham

West Brom

West Ham

Wolves

BBC Sport have revealed that the EFL has tweaked the rules on who is eligible, with top-flight sides only able to now field two players over the age of 21 and made more than 40 first team appearances.



  • SuperDesHamilton

    Them two in the photo I wouldn’t let near kids

    • Geordiegiants

      Paedo worshippers, they ALL KNEW about Johnson and treat him like a god. Every single one of them.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Seen a forum today they were talking about Johnson being released said they’d love to have him back playing for them. No moral compass at all

        They all knew

        • Geordiegiants

          That’s the why they are known as the inbreds, it’s perfectly normal to them.

        • Rich Lawson

          He should never play a game of professional football again,that t##t Gibson is training at Wigan after he could have killed people drunk driving.They all get another chance because they showed a bit of talent and cost nowt,Hello Nile !

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He’ll reoffend he’s attracted to underage girls, he can’t help himself he’s disgusting. Gibson done this a few times as well he should of been locked up. It’s amazing what money can do

          • Rich Lawson

            It’s sickening,in any other walk of life these people would never work again. What does it tell the local community about a club’s standards and why are there no protests from decent fans,at least a couple of clubs supporters were outraged by trying to sign Ched Evans ?

  • Geordiegiants

    Pair of nonces in the Photo definetly.

    • TheNutJob

      😂😆😂

    • Peter C

      Give the poor souls a break, they’ve just suffered two relegations, and possibly heading from a third.

      But I do take your point, they do look like characters, you wouldn’t want to meet in the dark, or daylight for that matter.

      • Geordiegiants

        Or let bump into my kids.

    • Geordieguy

      And that’s beyond a joke aswell

      • Geordiegiants

        I know it is. I’m going to complain to the mag about putting paedos on here. 👍

        • Geordieguy

          If they sue you for that don’t say I didn’t warn you

          • Geordiegiants

            Ok thanks 👍
            Pair of inbred shithouses.

          • Geordieguy

            You’re one of the Tommy Robinson supporters. And you call other people inbred ? Neanderthal man

          • Soldier

            He detests TR

          • Albert Stubbins

            And makems!!

          • Geordieguy

            Why defend the racist and the tin soldier ? It’s OK it’s past their bedtimes now. You can speak freely

          • Geordieguy

            I’m sure he’s big enough and ugly enough to defend himself

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m not so much a supporter to be fair. I’m more of an observer. He try’s to get a point across which has nothing to do with race, but gets shot down for not agreeing with the left wing loony’s. These days they have turned into the extremist as nobody else is allowed an opinion or they are out in the streets like a bunch oftwats shouting and screaming obscenities at people for having a different view. Listen to what he says and it can’t be denied. It can be shouted down as racism I suppose, as anything that the loony left don’t like they call racist.

          • Geordieguy

            I didn’t mention race . And the loony left wing is the default position of the right . I’m only surprised you didn’t call me a snowflake

          • Geordiegiants

            I haven’t called you anything, it’s a forum about views. I might not like someone, like Trump, but I do see he gets things done and does do positive things. Like Jabba, I detest him, we might get relegated but he will never let us slip as low as your friends down in Sunderland. As he won’t lose that money.

          • Geordieguy

            It should about football we’ve gone way off topic thanks to the mags obsession with Sunderland

          • Geordiegiants

            Well there something we agree on, but I do love hating on the Mackems.

          • Soldier

            troll, take a hike you idiot

          • Geordieguy

            Why I’m a troll and an idiot? Care to explain?

          • Geordieguy

            How would you like your picture on a website with people calling you a nonce?

          • Albert Stubbins

            Ha ha. Perfect summary.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Geordie guy Q.C

    • Superdooperhooper

      Why don’t you and soldier and superdes get a room ?

  • Come&TakeIt1836

    NUFC told them ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’! Sunderland responded by saying I ‘Can’t Stand Losing (to) You’ because you’ll then be ‘Walking On The Moon’… what? Wrong ‘Police’ saving the day?

  • Callum

    That a picture two people waiting to sign onto the sex offenders register?

    • Geordieguy

      Sorry that’s beyond a joke

      • SuperDesHamilton

        I thought it was quality 9/10

    • Superdooperhooper

      You and geordiegiants and superdes need to get a room and get it out of your systems

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Some of the comments on here ffs

    • Geordieguy

      Yep no more mackem articles on here . It’s making us look pathetic . Who cares about them ?

      • Albert Stubbins

        No one cares but most dislike with a passion. Including me.

        • Geordieguy

          Sounds like you do care then

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s a forum man, it’s about different views, chill!

  • Peaky

    I’ve always gone by the mantra of don’t trust any mackem that has a hand growing out of his right shoulder….

  • Steven05

    I hate sunderland

    I love some of my sunderland supporting friends

  • Geordieguy

    Can we stop doing Sunderland on here? It’s not funny and haven’t we got enough problems with our own dysfunctional basket case of a club ?

  • Geordieguy

    This is beyond a joke . My comment awaits moderation because I speak out against nonces but other people thinking it’s a great laugh get through? Wtf?

    • Soldier

      you mean you object to posts on here saying the Mackems are nonces
      well they certainly don`t look normal, do they
      they wouldn`t look out of place in a zoo

      • Geordieguy

        I don’t give a [email protected] about mackems . Why is everyone else on this site obsessed with them?

        • Soldier

          Nobody except the mag is, they print the articles

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s like we aren’t meant to comment.

          • Geordieguy

            I wish you wouldn’t. You’re an embarrassment to the club and the city. No wonder people think we’re morons up here

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha typical stereotype, only your view matters. All the same the lot of you.

          • Geordieguy

            How would you like to be called a nonce on a website with your photo there? BTW where’s your mate soldier gone ? All quiet. A tin soldier

      • Geordiegiants

        😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

        • Soldier

          He`s a troll, only came on to wind up people.
          i`ve got a loaf of bread older than his profile

          • Geordiegiants

            Should of looked him up first, Leazes will be laughing his head off.

          • Soldier

            there`s been a lot the last week, i think it`s the same guy just keeps making new profiles, anyway `i`ve blocked the idiot

          • Geordiegiants

            Hope your not doing a Leazes, he printed his list of blocked recently, and he probably only looks at about 5/10 of us now 😂🤣😂🤣😂

          • Soldier

            No i only block the ones like that guy on here tonight
            they just fade away & pop up in a few days with a different name.

          • TheNutJob

            leazes susses them out straight away he`s like a human lie detector

          • Geordiegiants

            The Mags equivalent to Jeremy Kyle!

          • Geordieguy

            No jeremy kyle is a moron. Like you

          • Geordieguy

            Sounds like he’s got good taste then

          • Geordieguy

            Has your mum put you to bed then?

          • Geordieguy

            Nope wrong again racist

          • Geordieguy

            That comment directed towards then so called soldier

          • Ram Kishore

            I do think he’s right.. it’s a bit harsh to call those two people on the picture as paedophile worshippers or nonces is not right..imho

          • Superdooperhooper

            Gareth out of the office strikes again! Why don’t you and geordiegiants get a room ?

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Are you gonna cry, will that help ?

      • Geordieguy

        If your photo was on a website with people calling you a nonce would you laugh it off?

        • SuperDesHamilton

          I’d p*** my pants laughing

          • Geordieguy

            Really ? Some strange people on this site

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Correct & you’re the leader of the gang

  • TheNutJob

    you have to look at it from the Mackems point of view, if there was no inbreeding
    there`d be no Mackem`s
    😁😁

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha ha 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂👍🤣😂👍🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Soldier

      good post

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    That is pathetic and will just bring tension and extra violence when the teams meet next. It would have been a great night for Jezza to see his two favourite teams play.
    Wonder if the F.A. Cup and League cup draws will be fixed to.

  • Geordieguy

    All my critics must have gone to bed then cmon soldier geordiegiants where you at?

  • Graham Chapman

    That’s the equivalent of match fixing. If the police have the power to dictate cup draws, can they please fix it so that we don’t get drawn against the top six in the FA Cup

  • Rich Lawson

    Seems a bit mean spirited and no way should they be fixing this ANYWHERE in the country.If they get away with it at the bottom of the draw what’s to stop them nixing local derby’s at the mid/top ?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      You never notice how Manchester & mersy derbies always seem to land on the same weekend nowadays, police & sky run football

      • Rich Lawson

        ”Police and Thieves”

  • Superdooperhooper

    Sdh and racist lovers friend and Gareth out of the office tried to get me banned . Well hello again

  • Foggy

    What next? Fixing the FA Cup draw to keep the plods happy?