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Sunderland – Congratulations on four in a row

5 months ago
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I must admit to indulging in a guilty pleasure of mine.

Tuning into the apocalypse of our naughty neighbours from South of the Promised Land on Saturday.

Luckily, I hadn’t taken anything for granted with Sunderland.

Sure enough, the mackems soon had me shuddering as they ran into a 2-0 lead, wiping out their first leg deficit.

Lincoln though came out fighting in the second half, scored a goal…and as I nearly choked on my celebratory beer, missed a bloody pen.

The last fifteen minutes were purgatory, but alas they elapsed, and I had my brothers and friends ringing from bars and restaurants to congratulate me on another moment of joy the mackems had delivered to yours truly.

I have always disliked Wearsiders for geographical and industrial reasons and the many disputes I encountered as a young shop steward in the late 80s.

That on top of the fact that I am unashamedly a North Shields lad who has bled black and white from as far back as I can remember.

When a Tyne/Wear derby arrived, I always felt as if it were a political statement and not just a football match.

With the decline of any ambition from my beloved Newcastle United and the demise of the former chest pumping Sam Allardyce Stadium of Light devotees….

l actually take great pleasure in Sunderland continually failing in the third tier and now facing a fourth season in a row in League One.

I know I’m not the only Newcastle United fan, who although disenchanted by our own circus of a club, still kicks every ball for any team that encounters Sunderland.

Well done Lincoln City.

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