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NUFC loan player explains how he loves the pure hatred of Newcastle v Sunderland

3 years ago

The Newcastle v Sunderland games are in danger of becoming a distant memory.

A lot of  Newcastle fans not too bothered when they came to an abrupt halt, after what had in recent times become an annual gift of points that ended up being the difference in keeping the Mackems in the Premier League.

Gus Poyet recently said that when he became Sunderland manager, he was given two targets. Avoiding relegation and beating Newcastle.

The thing is, until Sunderland’s recent ‘glory’ days in the derby, Newcastle had been completely dominant for decades.

Sunderland went 28 years (1980-2008) without a home derby win. whilst in a 33 year spell from 1980-2013, in 31 games (home and away), Sunderland only won four, with 13 Newcastle wins and 14 draws.

One player who would love to be involved in a Newcastle v Sunderland derby, is Freddy Woodman.

On loan at Swansea, he is looking forward to playing Cardiff on Sunday, his first derby in Wales.

Swansea have slipped to ninth after picking up only one point from the last nine, though are still only four points off top spot.

Freddy Woodman has been on the bench for two Newcastle v Sunderland derbies and loved experiencing the ‘pure hatred’ they engendered: ‘It almost feels like a pure hatred but I was desperate to get out there. I loved it and I cannot wait to see how that game compares to this.’

The two games Freddy Woodman was on the bench for, were Alan Pardew’s last derby, the 1-0 home defeat on 21 December 2014 just before the manager left for Palace, then the 3-0 game at Sunderland on 25 October 2015, which was actually Jack Colback’s second return to Wearside after his move.

Freddy Woodman speaking to official Swansea site:

“It’s a massive game. The fans I have spoken to keep reminding me how big it is.

“When I go to get my food from the chef he reminds me how big it is, and he’s been speaking about it since I first signed.

“These are the games you want to play in, I cannot wait to get out there and experience that atmosphere and the roar from our fans.

“I am sure the Liberty will be rocking, the fans are so passionate and want this win so much. We will have them in mind and we want to do it for them.

“This is for them, it’s for the city and we have to trust in what we do and what works for us.”

“I experienced the Newcastle v Sunderland derby, that’s a big game and I am in no doubt that this is a very big occasion too.

“One of the things I remember from those games was getting off the coach behind Jack Colback at Sunderland, after he had joined Newcastle from Sunderland.

“I remember this deafening noise of boos and stuff heading his way. We lost 3-0 and I had never experienced an atmosphere like it.

“It almost feels like a pure hatred but I was desperate to get out there.

“I loved it and I cannot wait to see how that game compares to this.”


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