This is the biggest ever insult from Newcastle United supporters for Sunderland fans
At St James Park we are used to things changing quickly but Sunderland fans and their club have put us to shame.
Can it really be only three and a half years when Newcastle supporters were being waved off into the Championship and told to ‘enjoy Burton’ amongst other pi..takes?
Newcastle United continues to be a chaotic club ran with zero ambition under Mike Ashley BUT Sunderland is now becoming an epic tale of how to inflict self-harm on your own club by a thousand cuts.
Sunderland fans will always be our local rivals but for now and the foreseeable future it is in name/theory only.
Be honest, how often do you even think about them?
Every so often I check the results and then look down the league tables find the right one, then keep looking down and down…
As it stands ahead of our game today against Southampton, there are 44 league places between the two clubs, FORTY FOUR.
The thing is as well, the Mackems are actually looking like they are getting worse, not better, even now they are down to the third tier.
We don’t/can’t pretend that everything is perfect at Newcastle United as the football is awful to watch most weeks and whilst like any fans we are enjoying the wins, we know that Steve Bruce’s ultra-negative football isn’t any kind of an answer, that we are riding our luck in conceding so few goals and scoring far more than our limited chances really deserve.
However, down the road it is pure slapstick.
It is so bad that I almost feel pity for them, which is the biggest insult Sunderland fans could ever face from us.
At the moment it feels like seeing somebody slipping on ice and doing a comedy legs up in the air and landing in a heap, you laugh your head off until you suddenly realise that they aren’t moving and instead of laughing you start to worry about them…
I have some Mackem mates and from the start I was telling them that these new(ish) owners were right chancers, coming in and slagging Newcastle United and NUFC supporters off for cheap approval, getting the fans to put in loads of new seats as free labour, telling them whatever they wanted to hear. Not one of the Sunderland fans I know, now disagree with what I was saying back then.
Sunderland mean so little to us at the moment and are so poor, it hardly even rated much of a mention when they went out of the FA Cup two months before Newcastle even take part.
We have zero expectations of doing anything whilst Ashley remains but going out of the FA Cup in November is even beyond him at the moment.
My Mackem mates were gutted when this new bloke was appointed and I can see why now.
Under Phil Parkinson, Sunderland fans have seen their team win two, draw two and lose eight, including going out of three cup competitions these past two months.
In terms of the now pretty much non-existent local rivalry as things stand, when we are out in mixed (Magpie and Mackem) company for a drink at a weekend, the mickey-taking that used to flow easily both ways has now totally dried up. They (Sunderland fans) have nothing that they can say and we (Newcastle fans) no longer have the heart to add any more digs.
They now look to have as much chance of automatic promotion as we do of Champions League qualification.
The game at Sheffield United on Thursday night is Newcastle’s shortest trip of the season.
As things stand, little chance of that changing dramatically and Newcastle v Sunderland becoming something tangible again, rather than something that you have check the history books for.
I can’t say I miss the actual derby games, as even when we dominated them the 90 minutes couldn’t exactly be enjoyed except in the aftermath. However, I do miss the added edge that derby rivalry gives on an everyday basis, having a laugh at their expense is just too easy these days.
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