Nolan Surprised By Animosity Between Rival Fans


Kevin Nolan has been a little surprised by the level of animosity between Newcastle and Sunderland fans in the region.

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Kevin feels that animosity is worse than it is between Liverpool and Everton fans, where he grew up in Liverpool.

This is what Kevin said today:

“I was not aware of the intensity of the split between the fans up here,”

“Joey Barton, a fellow Liverpudlian and I spoke about this not so long after we played in the derby – we couldn’t believe how much difference there was.

“Joey and I grew up with the Liverpool-Everton derby, and obviously that’s on Sunday too, but you could still go into a pub and there will be Liverpool and Everton supporters in that pub.”

“That doesn’t happen here. There’d be a few bloody noses!

“The cities are so close, yet they’re so far away from each other. “Hatred’s a big word, and I don’t really want to use it, but there’s a lot of animosity between the two.

“The week after the 5-1, Andy and I went to watch Celtic-Rangers. The hatred up there is exactly the same.”

Both sides are smarting from their FA Cup exits to lower level clubs, Newcastle at Stevenage, and Sunderland at home to Notts County, so both sides will be trying to make that up with their fans, who were none too happy with last week’s results.

And if the North East sides had won, they would have had home ties in the next round, Newcastle to Reading and Sunderland to Manchester City or Leicester City.

Kevin continued:

“It’s going to be good, because a lot of the pressure is on them to make sure they get a good result in light of what happened,” “It’ll make it a bit more exciting and even more edgy, but the lads genuinely love it.

“It’ll be tough but we’ll have fantastic support and hopefully we can do it for them and they can have a fantastic day again.”

Both sides are having injury doubts before the game, and from what we’ve read this morning it doesn’t look great for Andy Carroll to be available on Sunday, but there again Newcastle could have a certain Jay Bothroyd in the line-up alongside Shola Ameobi up front.

But that will not happen, as we hear Jay has a hamstring injury at the moment,  so even if he signed before Sunday he wouldn’t play – that’s a pity.

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13 comments so far

  • toon_dog

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    i hope theres plenty chicken dancing on sunday like pleassseeee god pleassssseeeee

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  • Xavi

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Sunderland = scum

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Our record at The stadium of unending darkness speaks for itself. The Mackems are second rate, their ‘fans’ are second (and third) rate, they bleat on about a poxy 2-1 win years ago FFS, that is the level of thier ambition. My message to Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll,Joey Barton etc. DO IT AGAIN, show them it was no fluke!!! Ha ha ha ha ha Come on Lads, Lets ‘Ave it!

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Interesting to see we are the most fouled team in the premiership on 230. Not sure what the second is on.

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  • Spiderman92

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    well well well…
    i was nervous about the first game.. we hammered tem 5-1.
    i’m nervous about this one…
    6-1 anyone ?
    i can’t even try and predict this match! all i can say it’s gonna be completely different game.. BRING IT ON!

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Why would Nolan be suprised by the hatred?

    You only have to sniff the air near that dark place to get bad feelings brewing.

    We hate Sunderland, we hate Sunderland, we hate Sunderland…

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  • lewman

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    i reckon it will be 2 all, this game is going to be alot more difficult than at sjp, and i really do hope we win and i suppose we have been very unpredictable this season imo, so maybe we might destroy them again.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    i still think we will win on sunday, as sunderland are made up of players tht dont really know about this game and all young and probly not good enough yet as proved when we smashed them 5-1 but i only feel confident when carroll plays as he scares the defences and rips them apart Carroll and Best upfront i guarentee we will win

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  • geoff777

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Liverpool – Everton is just football.

    Celtic – Rangers – is religion.

    Newcastle v 5under1and is actual war and bloodshed.

    The English Civil war and the Jacobite Rebellions.

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  • paullaydon14

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    what Kevin and other people dont understand is that the animosity turned to hatred , but was not football related .It stems from the 30s when the depression hit the shipyards and work was scarce
    {this was told to me by my grandad and uncles who all worked in the yards} the yards on the tyne and the wear got on well in those days and when work was scarce would reduce hours to accomodate workers from other yards{ at least when the Newcastle yards had work}.It was when Newcastle workers went to Sunderland and were refused work that the hatred started

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    liverpool v everton is the worst derby ever how its being shown on tv, and were not is a joke,

    rangers v celtic
    newcastle v sunderland
    man city v united

    are real derbies

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #12

    time to break out the halloween masks lads!!!!!!!!!!lol
    celtic-rangers is close but still not as big as this match. This is the biggest rivalry in football in my eyes. I hate the scum. Kev is being political and wont use hate but i will, i hate the unwashed and everything they stand for….

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  • tcbelfast

    Jan 14, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    to belfast goerdie……linfield- glentoran
    cliftonville – crusaders.
    not the same as nufc – safc…lol!!

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