The reality is now dawning for many Sunderland fans.

Despite the new owners telling them everything they want to hear, including how much they have always despised Newcastle United, the true state of the club will be reflected on the pitch.

In just over three weeks time they kick off their League One season and Tuesday night has been a big wake up call.

Playing against sixth tier Darlington, Sunderland fans watched their team struggle and fail to even score a goal, losing the friendly 1-0.

The Darlington team aren’t professionals and have normal jobs, yet they comfortably beat the Mackems.

Sunderland were installed as early favourites to win League One despite ending rock bottom of the Championship last season.

It is only a friendly but these amusing comments below may only be a small taster of what is to come, if the promised land of the new owners doesn’t materialise.

Sunderland fans react via their ‘Ready To Go’ (down for third season in a row) message board

‘Darlo finished below Spenny and Spartans last season.’

‘Thank God we arnt playing them two then.’

‘People do realise that this Darlington team was a very poor one. Not one with academy experience players? Literally semi professional. No academy experience.

We have a mess to sort out but giving trials to players who the owner doesn’t know he would play, that team should be mopping the floor with lads who work in factories and play for a laugh.’

‘(People) Claim Darlington are a fortnight ahead of us in our preparations. We’ve been away to Portugal whilst they’ve been grafting at their day jobs. Are they for real?’

‘New owners with a f…ing massive mess to sort out. A mess much bigger than anyone had envisaged.’

‘How many of the whingers were there tonight?’

‘Let me guess, we battered them, could have scored 8 but ended up on the end of a 1-0 defeat. Not sure you need to be stood watching the game to know losing 1-0 to Darlington is poor like.’

Methven said we needed 14 new players mind.

We’ve not done that.’

‘Well that was a bit sh…’

‘Whee was this trialist?’

‘Anton forrester 4 goals in 34 for port vale, 10 goals in his career.’

‘What f…ing barrels are we scraping here man?’

‘We are doomed.’

‘I said at the start that the majority of people should be careful what they wish for. I’ll stand by that because I don’t think that SD will deliver his promises. So far he hasn’t. I’ve done my bit and renewed, what’s he actually done?

Short was called out for asset stripping but all we’ve seen so far is players sold and replaced by free, injury prone, unknown players. That equates to f… all in my opinion (which I am perfectly entitled to). Add to that we’ve just been beaten by Darlington. If you think that’s acceptable for SAFC then you need to give your head a shake.’

‘I said a few weeks back the Stewart Donald bubble has burst like. It’s ganna be an absolute slog this season, a proper scrap.’

‘We need about 10 players like, never mind 1 or 2 strikers and a centre half, full squad of sh… youngsters and pi.. poor free contracts will see us down the bottom of league 1. Shields would hammer Darlo.’

‘Shields did hammer Darlo, 3-0 at their place in FA Cup last year

We’ve signed 4 of their best players also.’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    We were lucky on both relegations, we had Chris Hughton & Rafa so i`m not going to laugh at the demise of the Mackems

    • Geordiegiants

      Your kidding MMM it’s the only pleasure we get!

    • Kneebotherm8

      We also had our wonderful owner…………….according to…………………… know who..

  • HarryHype59

    I have a feeling the Mackems could end up in League 2. Their nightmare of the past few years isn’t over.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      I have two mates who put bets on. One got 25 to 1 the other 15 to 1.

  • Wor Lass

    Time for Monksatan to come on and remind us how lucky we are to have St Mike at the helm.

    • Geordiegiants

      I wouldn’t mind being in their position if meant getting rid of the cancer.

      • Mark Davies

        Hello. I get your point but cant agree. I cant stand the awful man but I wouldnt want to be in there predicament as I think its going to be a long season for them which is a shame as I miss the derbies.

        Also Im guessing youve never had a family member of friend affected by cancer or you wouldnt use the word in such an awful way. I hope you never ever have to either. Its just such a vile disease and not a word to use lightly in my humble opinion.

        • Geordiegiants

          Of course I have, and that is what he is to our club. “A vile disease”

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Well said we lost one of our top supporters recently who sadly went in a matter of weeks leaving a wife and daughter
          to carry on supporting the team. Very sad to lose him at an early age which puts things in perspective.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            What an absolute weirdo you are man.

            Using someone’s death to have digs at supporters. “Leaving a wife & daughter to carry on supporting the team”

            Why not just say leaving?

            Is their any depths you and your brother won’t stoop to

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            As Mark Davies correctly says people on this site are well out of order but you will not have a pop at them and that is sad.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’ve used someone’s death to have a dig, how low can you & the other brother sink

        • Coble’s Return

          “Cancer” can be used in either context – i.e. malignant growth or malignant practice. Using it to describe Ashley’s impact on the club does not in any way make light of the medical definition.

      • Ram Kishore

        I wouldn’t really want us in league 1.. And one season of Championship was good enough.. Championship has improved in standard a lot..
        I would hav our present owner rather than be in league 1.
        I don’t have want to even see us in mackem’s position

      • I Think Therefore I Am

        Lol, when I think of the abhorrent wart, I always think of a Botfly 😁

    • Kneebotherm8

      Mike is his messiah…….

    • Mark Andrews

      Already done it ! See above

  • Geordiegiants

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha lol. Remember the inbred paedo worshipper with his sign. I wonder if he kept that sign as a keep sake. Fuckingfilthy scum the lot of them. Ha ha ha ha ha ha lol.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    They play Whitley Bay shortly but on holiday for that one but most of the Monkseaton Branch will be there. The Bay are in a similar situation and have no money and are losing players. With out Mikes loan there is no way we would have been able to get out the Championship and could have been there for years. That is why I cannot understand some people hating him.

    • Billmag

      He should thank his lucky stars he had a manager capable of getting the team up at the first time of asking, wonder what your hero would have done if we ended up like Villa would he still be bank rolling the club I very much doubt it.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Bank roll, the cancer just takes takes takes. £200 million up front for land to build flats but nothing for us

    • Andynufc

      2 relegations under his watch. Yeah we’re so lucky to have Mike and his ambition for Nufc

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        History of Newcastle United shows that on average we spend 24% outside the top division. Under Ashley counting this season its 16.6% so he is actually doing better than we normally do. However no credit given as usual.

        • I Think Therefore I Am

          Oh Mickey, you’re so fine
          You’re so fine, you blow Monkseaton’s mind,
          hey Mickey, hey Mickey
          Oh Mickey, you’re so fine…

          And so on, I can’t actually remember the lyrics, but you ❤️ him, it’s nice 🤮!

          Lol, I couldn’t resist being childish!

    • MadMag83

      Without “Mike” we probably wouldn’t​have been in the Championship! His mismanagement got us in the mess, it’s only logical that he should spend to protect his supposed investment.

    • I Think Therefore I Am

      Lol lol & LOL, it gets better 😍 As now it’s Mike! Cool, did he give permission so his (fav👨‍❤️‍👨) subordinate can refer to him as this 👬 ain’t you the lucky 1! Get out the K-Y and celebrate, more like a bucket 🤮🤮🤮!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Lending money to something he owns that is in the predicament because of him 😂

  • Leazes.

    Embarrassing on a lot of levels….

    ……mostly treating the Mackems to the respect of laughing at them and giving them the excuse to write follow up articles entitled ‘Newcastle fans react to Sunderlands demise’, thus giving Simon van der Velde (Porter Smithfield etc) the further excuse to write pathetic childish reactionary article entitled….

    Amusing Article: Must read: Newcastle fans react to Sunderland fans react to Newcastle fan’s reaction to Sunderland’s latest Humiliation’.

    You lot are obsessed with us!… you lot are obsessed with us!

    I’d forgotten all about them until you reminded me you idiot!

    • Rich Lawson

      Given your interest in names and apparently conspiracy theories (your recent post) and the ongoing mackem link with the author,I note that out of Porter and Smithfield you could make up Porterfield ,this being Ian,who scored the winning goal for them in their triumph against Leeds in the F.A. Cup. (Also played for Raith,possible Fife name ?)

    • Mark Potter

      But you didn’t forget to tell us about it. You complain long and hard, on every article. It doesn’t matter what the Mag publish, you will find a reason to moan. If not about that article, then you have to share with us your obsession with the Chronicle.

  • Jordi

    You are obsessed with a mirror team, leave them alone they are irrelevant, two leagues below us who gives a F***.
    Do Liverpool fans obsess over Tranmere Rovers?

  • Jordi

    I meant MINOR

  • MadMag83

    Pre season means little. Remember us getting tanked 6 by Leyton Orient then going on to rip up the Championship under Hughton. It’s all about character building, the scum will either benefit from that result or they will implode.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    You can’t look into pre season too much, it does happen from time to time. I still think they’ll win that league and let’s just hope we don’t meet them the following season !

  • Toon

    Porter – get a girlfriend or a friend, or how a dog? Parrot? Goldfish? Anything which will support your sad life and give you a reason to not have to spend your life on mackem websites

    • Rich Lawson

      A seeing eye dog ?

    • Mark Potter

      It’s his job, or at least a source of income, to get people to come to the site and see the advertising. Since you saw the article was about Sunderland and still clicked on it, then it appears he’s giving you what you want. Some people like to see how poorly our local rivals are doing, some people like to moan about articles about our local rivals. But the only people who genuinely don’t care wouldn’t read the article and certainly wouldn’t comment on it. He does it for you.

    • Murdy

      You clicked on it, so you obviously care. How about writing your own articles instead of crying on here?

  • SuperDesHamilton

    ‘The don’ has played a blinder & has them believing anything. He hasn’t put a penny of his own money in absolutely no risk for him

  • Rich Lawson

    Still time to shut a bit more of the ground before the season starts.

  • Mrkgw

    For all of the rivalry, its a sorry situation and as many on here have suggested previously, it could so easily be us. For that very reason, I will limit my gloating.

  • nufcslf

    Simply, don’t care.