Only a couple of hours before facing Accrington Stanley in a league match, Sunderland fans discovered an even bigger humiliation.
The Sunderland first team picked out of the hat to face Newcastle United’s kids (Under 21s) in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The game to be played week commencing Monday 7 January.
For Newcastle fans this is already a massive win, finding it very funny that Sunderland’s first team are playing the NUFC kids on an equal footing due to their rapid decline (consecutive relegations ending up rock bottom both times).
Reading the comments below, it has all gone a little bit hysterical amongst Sunderland fans, from promising violence on the night to insisting Newcastle supporters are banned, never mind the actual match…
Sunderland fans comment via their Ready To Go message board:
‘I’d play it behind closed doors, the ground will get smashed up and the Mags will come in force, it’ll be an absolute shambles.’
‘Make it so we need a customer number and ban away fans.
We know what will happen so no point even letting a few in.’
‘Easy passage to the next round for us and a fair few mags getting a hiding.’
‘Am curious as to whether we could afford the policing.
Checkatrade trophy tickets are cheap, attendances are below par (although this fixture inevitably stands out) and the cost of what would be a big away delegation and the above average costs of policing for Tyne-Wear Derbies would be too much for us.’
‘Mate, you make a really good point but it will be missed by many on here. The reality is; a derby is hugely expensive to police and I doubt you will see the usual protocols being put into place for this one.
I’d honestly be shocked if the police didn’t ban away fans or make Newcastle put on buses to get away fans to the ground.’
‘How many tickets will the skunks get in the AWAY end?’
‘I hope we limit them to a 1000 max.’
‘You will see the worst trouble for years.’
‘We will NEVER live it down if we get beat.’
‘Let’s face it
It’s their cup final. FTM.’
‘We win and we rub it in! We lose and we say its cos we are 3rd division and doesnt count.’
‘Worst possible draw for us
‘Absolutely no win and the f…ers will bring as many as they can just to smash up our stadium.’
‘You can’t just ban away supporters just because they might cause damage, the police will treat it like any derby.’
‘Northumbria plod have handled this fixture loads of times, it’ll be sound man.’
‘It costs a fortune to police a derby mate. On a normal derby day, there is 900+ coppers on duty – there simply wont be that level for this game.
A lot will depend on Newcastle’s allocation.’
‘Mags themselves are saying that it’s “haha you beat our U21s” or “Haha your first team can’t beat our U21s”.
My first reaction to seeing the draw was “F…!” to be honest.’
‘If Ross knows the club, he will know what this means.’
‘Really wanted to avoid them.
We will never live it down if our first team get beat off their reserves.
And if we win a lot of our fans will go on ridiculous celebrating like we just won a cup or sumit.’
‘Play our best team, knock them out and look forward to someone decent in the final.’
‘Oh god, my Birthday week, f…ingcome on you bast…ds, what better than battering them.’
‘Their reserves have higher resale than our first team.’
‘They will be f…ing devastated when we put out our first team and thrash them. Any of this it’s only wuh u21s will be bullsh.., they will still be devastated.’
‘Perfect time to take piss after the takeover falls through.’
‘Charlie will be rubbing his hands. But lets be serious it their u21s we should hammer them no excuses what so ever.’
‘Only people who went to the previous game should be allowed tickets.’
‘it might be a bit of fun for them but a serious game for us.’
‘Season card holders only (both teams). No general sale and a restricted away allocation.’
‘You really need to man the f… up, you’re making out it’s going to be like world war 3.’
‘Win win situation for them.’
‘No it isn’t.
Lose (which I’m expecting them to) and it will go down as a derby loss.
They may say it’s only their Kids but it matters less.
F… them. We win we win.’
‘It will be a derby match and will be treated like one by the police.
As for the result if we beat them we have a great chance of getting to Wembley.’
‘Bloody stupid competition. This is just dreadful.’
‘I’ve wanted to win the Checkatrade Trophy from the first game. Same with every competition our fist team enters. Just never, ever wanted this draw.’
‘Bleeding hell don’t even think about loosing they have to play 6 u21s man we can be as strong as we like .No excuses at all to loose.’
‘I won’t be equating it to beating their first team like some are with their 6 in a row quips.’
‘Neither would I, but they will be crowing from the roofs if they fluked a win.’