Danny Simpson says he didn’t know too much about the rivalry between Newcastle and Middlesbrough, but knew all about the Newcastle and Sunderland derby, having played on loan at Sunderland earlier in his career.
Danny Simpson – knew little about Middlesbrough rivalry
But the Salford-born 23 year-old player was left in no doubt that the rivalry indeed exists between Newcastle United and Middlesbrough.
That follows this season’s 2-0 win against Middlesbrough at St. James’ Park back on December 20th, in front of a record Championship attendance of 49,644.
Simpson talked about the second derby at Middlesbrough tomorrow::
“I wasn’t too sure before that game how big the derby was because, of course, I knew Sunderland was the main one.”
“But seeing the reaction of the fans during the game and their mood made me realize how important it was to them.”
“The town was buzzing after the game and I remember it was a great day.”
There will be more than 3,500 Newcastle fans on Teesside tomorrow afternoon, and all 3 points will be needed so celebrations can continue back on Tyneside Saturday night – just like last Saturday night.
Danny, who like Peter Lovenkrands before him signed on at Newcastle for less wages than he was seeking, continued:
“The fans will again be there in their masses I’m sure and when you walk out at an away ground that gives you such a lift,”
“Just when you look up and see all of those black-and-white shirts it makes you want to win even more for them.”
“We can’t wait for this game now because we’re confident after four wins and we want to make that five on Saturday.”
That’s exactly what the Newcastle fans want to see, because the longer we can extend this win streak the more likely it is that the side can earn that automatic promotion back to the Premiership, at the very first time of asking.
If Newcastle do get promoted things will be humming on Tyneside this summer – we cannot wait!
And it looks like the Newcastle Sunderland derby game will continue next season, as long as Geordie Steve Bruce can keep Sunderland up this season.