Chris Maguire says that he and the Sunderland supporters have had the last laugh after beating Newcastle United’s kids on Tuesday night.
The 29 year old Mackem star player declaring that he’s proud that he and the rest of the first team have given Sunderland fans the ‘bragging rights’ over Newcastle supporters.
Quite extraordinary just how low the Mackems have sank, when one of their first team players is claiming such a thing.
Newcastle United took a 16 man/boy squad to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night and six of them were aged 18, another six are 19, whilst the ‘older’ heads were two 20 year olds and two 21 year olds.
Not a single one of those 16 players has even made the bench for any league match, never mind played.
To be honest I didn’t know anything about this flat track bully bragging about beating Newcastle United’s kids but it turns out that Sunderland signed him on a free transfer from Bury, after he had played for Coventry, Rotherham and Oxford most recently.
Checking out the stats, this was the Sunderland team that beat Newcastle’s 18 and 19 year olds (age before each player):
31 Robbin Ruiter
26 Alim Ozturk
29 Chris Maguire
25 Dylan McGeouch
26 Charlie Wyke
26 Tom Flanagan
24 Luke O’Nien
24 Duncan Watmore
25 Reece James
22 Jerome Sinclair
17 Bali Mumba
I have read various comments from Sunderland fans claiming that their team was in fact only a mixture of kids and fringe players.
However, all eleven have played in the league for them this season and half their outfield players against Newcastle, also played in the key promotion game at Charlton at the weekend.
Having a single 17 year old in the side doesn’t equal half a team of kids, not when the average age of the rest of the team is over 25.
The media often try to portray Newcastle fans as delusional but I think we all have to accept that when it comes to being delusional on this occasion, Chris Maguire and the Sunderland supporters most definitely have the ‘bragging rights’ this time.
Chris Maguire talking to the official club site:
“If you try and give me abuse then I will have the last laugh…and I did.
“It was a no-win situation for us.
“If we won we were expected to win but there was a good crowd turned up and we gave the fans something to cheer about and bragging rights too.
“It felt like a lot more [people were In the stadium] when we walked out the tunnel, it was a good atmosphere.
“They [Newcastle United] can put whatever they want on it [regarding the Newcastle team being a bunch of kids]…but they still brought 3,000 fans to cheer them on.
“At the end of the day we sent our fans away happy…it is exciting and it builds momentum.
“We want to get there [to the final], you can see the team we put out, it is a chance to get to Wembley and win a trophy.
“Luton is a big clash…I’m sure if we keep playing the way we have done and get the home fans behind us then we can move into second and get a real push on.”