Niall Quinn, the impressive Sunderland chairman, has talked about all the passion and pain that every Newcastle Sunderland derby always brings, but he still hopes the fans find time to enjoy the occasion.
And Niall’s dream is that in seasons to come, the North East fixture will establish itself as one of the biggest events in football’s domestic calendar. We agree completely with that and we think having both teams successful , yes even Sunderland – would be just great.
Niall Quinn – has been very impressive as Sunderland chairman
It’s an excellent game for the area and Sunderland deserve to be in the Premiership, if only because of their phenomenal fan support. The two clubs so represent what fan support is like in the North East – and that’s with two teams that haven’t exactly dominated football over the last 50 years.
But as we all know – that’s about to change.
Quinn told the Sunderland Echo this morning in another very long interview:
“It’s great that we are back playing derbies again.â€ “It is the highlight of the year for many Sunderland fans and perhaps Newcastle fans too as far as bragging rights go on a Monday morning.â€“I suppose it’s an occasion that people always associate with fast and furious stuff â€“ tough challenges, lots of adrenalin and hard-tackling.â€
“But I hope there’s also room for people in the region to take a step back, enjoy it and be proud of it and say it is as good a derby as you can get anywhere in the land.â€ “I played in the derbies in London and in Manchester and they are hectic affairs. People are very keyed up for it.â€
“But for me there’s something a little bit magical about this one.â€ “There’s something in the air and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been to one as a fan but I’m sure I’ll join in.â€ “The atmosphere will be electric.â€ “It will be nerve-wracking and exciting and please God we’ll have our tails up â€“ we’ll just go out and plug along and hope for the right result.â€
“It’s has been slowly building up for weeks.â€ “People have been talking about it for a long time now but that’s how it should be, that gives you a measure of the size of the game.â€ “We’re just delighted and proud as a club and as a board that we are hosting Newcastle United at our place this weekend in front of a full house.â€ â€œIt should give us a bit of an idea about ourselves and where we stand.â€
“But as a chairman I’m just glad that we are bringing this event back for our fans and hopefully it will continue for years to come.â€ “I’ve looked forward to the derby from the day the fixtures came out.â€ “I’ve played in Manchester derbies â€“ I had no luck there â€“ and I’ve played in Arsenal v Spurs derbies as a young player.â€ “But the Sunderland v Newcastle derby is something else.â€
“The place goes ga-ga for a few weeks beforehand and, depending on how you’ve done, if you win, it stays that way while the place where they’ve lost goes, well, just a little bit depressed for a while. “It’s just colossal and to me, the first time we beat Newcastle over there and Ruud Gullit was the manager, I couldn’t believe the aftermath days later.â€ “People were writing songs about it!
“You just thought, this is so important to the people.”
Unfortunately some team will be unhappy on Saturday night unless it’s a draw, but then maybe both teams will be unhappy. It’s certainly true that both Newcastle and Sunderland could do with all 3 points.
We just hope it’s Newcastle. But hey, to end on a very diplomatic note, let’s just say we hope the best team wins ……. well, as long as it’s Newcastle. 😀
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