Sunderland fans might have been spared the potential embarrassment of their first team losing to Newcastle’s kids in the checkatrade trophy, following a Police ban on the pair facing each other.

However, they are having to face the reality of just how limited their team are now, or at least many/most of them are (facing the reality).

Whilst Newcastle play their opening pre-season friendly on Tuesday (away at St Patrick’s Athletic), the Mackems have already played two.

The first game saw an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to sixth tier Darlington.

Then on Saturday they looked to be repeating that result against fifth tier Hartlepool, only for an injury time equaliser to slightly lower the embarrassment levels.

Despite the new owners telling Sunderland fans 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 under three weeks they kick off their League One season and after watching their players struggling against such lowly opposition, it has been a wake up call for many of them, though not quite all judging by the comments below.

It will get very interesting if when the season kicks off, the Sunderland fans see their team continue to struggle and supporters realise what chancers their new owners are.

Sunderland fans react via their ‘Ready To Go’  message board

‘We’ve got some season ahead.’

‘I’ve honestly got no idea where any of the new signings play. I haven’t been paying much attention with the World Cup being on. Not that I’d have known them anyway.’

‘My Poolie mates are laughing at us ffs.’

‘It’s hard not to be concerned though. There’s an awful lot to do in the next few weeks and whilst I expect players to arrive they need to be better than what we’ve already got in so far, much better.’

‘We are in really bad shape. I don’t know why people are kidding themselves otherwise. McGeough is a good player, question marks on ability/fitness for rest.’

‘Some good attacking play. I feel more positive now I’ve watched it.

A new striker or two should see us mid table.

I’m a realist not a pessimist.’

We had run away worst side last year & that was with Grabban getting us a fair few points. Imagine if he wasn’t playing and it was Vaughan/Maja in his role first half of the season. McNair got us a goood 8-9 points late in season anarl and now he’s gone.’

‘Mind, we didn’t play half as bad as people were making out. Must’ve had 10 attempts at goal easily.’

‘For a team with so many new faces and only a couple of slightly competitive games that did not look too bad.’

‘Weather looked good.’

‘The result of pre-season games are rarely an indication of how a season will pan out. Yes we’re hardly pulling up trees at the moment but the squad rebuild is nowhere near complete.

The side that takes the field vs Charlton will I reckon look radically different.

The size of the rebuild is enormous, I’m not drawing any conclusions about how we’ll get on next season until the transfer window closes and we see where we are.’

‘Can’t possibly see us getting off to a fast start this season regardless.’

‘Looking at our currently midfield/forward line, I can’t see people getting on the end of many crosses.’

‘A decent Striker and we’d have won that 5-0.’

‘Love is barely a right back. Him centre half is a terrifying prospect.’

‘He’s just a f…ing sh… footballer let’s be honest.’

‘He’s utterly f…ing dreadful mate. I’ve no idea how he ever got picked up in the first place. It comes to a point when you’re missing Billy Jones.’

‘Liked the one and two touch stuff JR is obviously keen for them to master, I can also see how Cattermole will struggle with it!’

  • Dillon Tovak

    As readers we need to stop clicking on articles like this and then they will stop writing them. It’s all about adverts and clicks.
    From this moment onwards, I’ll only click on a safc article if it directly relates to Newcastle.
    I encourage you to join me.

    • Steven05

      As soon as I see an article about sunderland I know it’s G Porter

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      I will gladly click on any anti Sunderland articles. The way their board have being going on saying anti Newcastle stuff is a disgrace. We need them relegated so we never see them again and they can find their level, Hartlepool and Darlington.

  • Big Hairy Man

    OMG Porter! What is this obsession with the mackems? I’m not remotely interested. If there’s nothing NUFC to write about please don’t write anything.

    • Shaun Middleton

      You said it hairy man,one word OBSESSED

    • Murdy

      Don’t read it then. It sounds simple, but you just can’t do it can you?

  • Mark Davies

    And here it is. The mags daily story about the mackems. If I gave a to55 about them or their results Id go on one of their websites. I never have and never will. Can this sort of sad post please stop? Id rather read something about rafas dogs than read about third divison teams friendly results.

    • Murdy

      Yet you still clicked on it and posted a comment.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    So Sunderland are having a pre-season that is in no way different to any other club with the crazy scattering of results, So what is the story here ?
    I think is says more about the state of our own club if we have this preoccupation about everything that is happening down the road.

    All any Newcastle fan should think when they see what has happened at Sunderland is what can go wrong very quickly.
    It truly is a cautionary tale and with an owner like Mike Ashley, You never know what is around the corner !

    • Geordiegiants

      I would happily be where they are if we could get the club off Jabba and run it as a fans club, we are all NUFC fans, not premier league fans.

      • Mark Potter

        If you think “doing a Sunderland” is a positive way forward you are completely mad. It’s like thinking the best way to cure a headache is shooting yourself in the head. If you would happily be where they are (struggling in the third tier)then go and support them.

        • Geordiegiants

          Post that reply to. AFC Wimbledon fans and see what they have to say.
          You are a typical spectator.
          The club is more important than money, the heritage and the people are more important than the premier league. You just sit there doing fuckall week in week out having thepiss taken out of you by the fatcunt.

          • Rich Lawson

            Hats off for the spectacular swearing you have got away with there pal !

          • Wor Lass

            Ha ha – nice one. have you been on the pop for the last 24 hours?

          • Geordiegiants

            I have yes 👍

          • Mark Potter

            Lol, you don’t even understand that Wimbledon was a club that had spent most of its history in non-League football, and had no ground of its own, when it moved to Milton Keynes. The club’s owner had previously considered such a move as far back as 1978, when they finished bottom of the third division (and that was a high point compared to most of their history).

            Most fans couldn’t follow their team to Milton Keynes, even if they had wanted. It’s not just over 50 miled away, but a journey of hours on public transport from South London. As the fans stayed away from the club it entered administration. All of the clubs players were sold by the administrator.

            Wimbledon had average attendances of less than 4000 until about 1985. As they rose through the divisions and entered the Premier League it reached a peak of 18000. Even before the move to MK, relegation to the Championship saw those crowds more than half in 2-3 years. A surge of new supporters from the short-term success that Wimbledon enjoyed in the 1990s quickly evaporated. Then there was a deliberate boycott involving no more than a few 1000 supporters, who subsequently switched to the new AFC Wimbledon, though actual attendances were less than 2000.

            AFC Wimbledon entered the 9th tier of Football. Impressively, and with much hard work, they have been promoted 6 times in 13 seasons, and are now in the third tier, the same as Sunderland. They don’t currently have their own ground, and share with Chelsea ladies. Crowds are less than 4000. But a new 11,000 seater is being developed and should be ready next year.

            Wimbledon have lost a generation, just in trying to claw their way back to the level of the third tier. They might go all the way, but their crowds suggest they are about the right level.

          • Geordiegiants

            LOL!!!!! Your missing the whole point.
            LOL!!!! It doesn’t matter what division we are in, they didn’t care what division they were in, it’s all about “THEIR” club. LOL!!!!
            If all you are bothered about is premier league football you can go and LOl until your hearts content and watch anyone you like LOL!!!!
            I think I’m the same as any fan, notice the word fan, not spectator out for a social life only interested in premier league football and kudos, I will be a Newcastle fan until I die no matter which division we play in.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Don’t be silly !

        • Geordiegiants

          So you are only interested in being a Newcastle fan if we are in the premier league? Or if our club is rolling in money?

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            No, But only a complete fool wants relegation !

          • Geordiegiants

            If your a Newcastle fan and not a premier league fan, why does it matter??

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            Talk about splitting hairs !
            Of course I would still be a fan regardless of what division they are in.
            People saying they want relegation though is completely insane if you ask me.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m only asking why it’s that important? I personally would rather have a club that is trying it’s best and striving for its future in any division, than have some vile cancer living off us and taking thepiss out of our club, city and fans.

  • Geordiegiants

    This article is about the inbreds new local rivalry, we will not play the likes of these 2 for years to come now.
    I think the worst thing about this post is showing kids in Sunderland tops, it’s child abuse.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Keep the articles coming as I love them. They are far better to read than the same articles day in day out having a go at Ashley. An article a day would be nice.

    • Big Hairy Man

      You are either a wind-up merchant or a 1st class 🔔🔚

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Even the main person who hates Newcastle on here Jezza has admitted to going to watch Sunderland often. Everyone on here seems to hate anti Sunderland articles but love the anti Newcastle ones. Me and my mates hate Sunderland so the more articles the better.

        • Toon

          You’ve got mates?

          • Geordiegiants


          • SuperDesHamilton

            Probably the same person

          • Geordiegiants

            More than likely.

        • Big Hairy Man

          Hate the Sunderland articles because they are of no interest to me. I don’t care what the pasty-eating inbreds are saying on their forums. The only time Sunderland are of any interest to me is when we are playing them, otherwise they are totally irrelevant. Anti-Ashley articles are not anti-NUFC. Anyone who supports the parasite who is bleeding the club to death is not a Newcastle supporter.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          You have no mates

      • Geordiegiants


    • Mark Andrews

      Oh yes anything to take our minds off your mate mikes lack of investment

  • Scum

    I’m loving this new SAFC site keep up the good work lads we appreciate it 👍🏻

    • Geordiegiants

      Is that you standing behind that kid in the picture, or is it your hero Adam Johnson.

  • David2211

    This place just needs taken down, or just put a disclaimer up saying it’s a website dedicated t England, sunderland and Aleksander Mitrovic.

    • Wor Lass

      Seing as we play in the English Premier League and most people who comment are probably English as well then there`s no problem with reporting on England getting to a world cup semi final. If you look back, I bet you`d find there haven`t been many articles about England – it`s the comments made by people that have created threads on the subject.

      • David2211

        While i see your point, it’s a Newcastle sure (apparently) and the club had no real connection to England. None of our squad play for them, they never come up here to play.
        Even so, the real issue here is the Sunderland articles. We’re just as obsessed with them as they are with us it seems.

        • paul mclaughlan

          The club is English, that is the connection.

  • Rich Lawson

    And down you go (again).

    • Mark Andrews

      Who you talking to? The mag or Sunderland ?

  • Toon

    The Mag – selling the soul of NUFC fans for cheap click baits, embarrassing

  • Big Al 1967

    Pre-season results mean little,let us not forget the infamous 6-1 stuffing at Orient we took and the profits of doom saying how bad the season was going to be. 2009/10 did not turn out too bad did it!
    Let us concentrate on ourselves and forget about these no-marks until the season starts

  • Toonfen

    Let them rot, let them keep their six in a row, when was the last time they competed in Europe? A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away? When was the last time they qualified for the Champions League? Never, when was the last time they finished 2nd in the Premier League? Never, 3rd never. 4th never. 5th never. 6th never, I rest my case so please will The Mag forget The SMB!!!

  • DeadToiler

    No point in articles about Sunderland. I’m totally indifferent towards them.

  • Jordi

    The Mag is supposed to be about Newcastle United. Sunderland mean nothing to NUFC supporters apart from some people like kicking people when they are down.
    Leave the saddo’s to wallow in their lower league mire. FORGET ABOUT THEM. Nobody cares anymore

    • Geordiegiants

      I do.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    They were booing their own players, spat at cattermole & a fan punched there keeper in the car park, disgusting

    • Geordiegiants

      How about the horses?

  • Jonas

    Please stop these articles.
    ffs about third tier mackems pre-season games
    stop being like them
    if it wasn’t this site I’d have gladly forgotten they existed by now

  • s0ccercoach

    No match articles for the St. Mirren or the Grimsby matches? Strange that isn’t it….you’re not obsessed at all though….even your own readers are getting peed off…