At Least The Two Sets Of Fans Behaved Themselves

There was some good news coming out of the Newcastle United club today – praising the behavior of both sets of fans at the Newcastle – Sunderland derby game yesterday.

Maybe the fans good behavior will now be taken up by both managers and coaching staffs and the players too – who were not as well behaved and lacked discipline especially in that first 35 minutes or so.

There was news by some mischievous reporters that significant damage was done to seats and concourse areas occupied by the Sunderland fans – but they were completely inaccurate.

Newcastle United’s Head of Security, Steve Storey, had this to say today on the Newcastle web-site:

“With the exception of a very small number of incidents, fans from both clubs throughout the stadium were very well behaved before, during and after the game.”

“The level of damage in the away area was low even for a regular fixture, let alone a highly charged derby match. I commend the behaviour of all supporters at the game yesterday.”

“And that includes the vast majority of the 2,650 Sunderland fans who  showed respect for the away area of the ground.”

We take out hats off to both sets of supporters – and especially to the Sunderland supporters, because it must have been heartbreaking to concede that Shola Ameobi goal in stoppage time, but they remained well behaved in spite of that crushing blow.

And maybe the two managers, the coaching staffs and the players can follow the lead of the fans’ good behavior, at the next Newcastle Sunderland derby, and show more class than they did yesterday.

That would be very good, and things were getting just a little out of hand both on the field and on the sidelines in that first half yesterday.

Well done to both sets of fans!

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Never take your hat off for a mackem Ed.
    He’ll suckerpunch u and steal your wallet when the hat reaches the front of your face.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I think i’m alone, so instead of saying first i’ll go “one and only”….getting ready to see someone else comment at first now and leave me looking a fool

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #3


  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #4

    You need some emotion running in the derby. Glad to see the fans didn’t turn ugly though…keep it on the pitch

  • Stuart

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #5

    I heard there was violence on the Metro and mackems throwing coins and that from the stands during the game. Wouldnt call that behaving themselves like.

  • veto

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah they kicked the metro windows in and set it alight causing delays on the line , also heard they trashed the toilets

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Mackem’s throwing coins? You sure about that one? Rubbish maybe

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Veto….that sounds more like it 😉

  • giimps

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza, no one said they were British coins, probably coins of the Mackem realm rather than real British coinage.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Ahhh….that does make more sense 😉

  • Jamiemac

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #11

    I was sitting about 20 seats away from the mackems and i heard a coin fall near me towards the end. Could have been someone dropping money but i doubt it.

  • deeeeeeano

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #12

    I was sat underneath them and when they went one up they were launching coins on us, all pennies and tuppences tho the tramps

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #13

    @4 exactly, well said.

  • dcdick

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Try telling the female steward who was harassed throughout the match & pelted with “objects” finally resulting in her face being cut open in two places by a “missile” that the Sunderland supporters were well behaved in the ground ……….

    Scum hardly goes anyway to describing the actions of the hooligan minority who always spoil things for the rest of us.

  • Marcelinho_Bramble

    Mar 6, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #15

    i heard the away seats is 50% empty

  • solano

    Mar 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #16

    This fixture and the bad behaviour associated with it has got to a stage where I feel it is inevitable there will be a serious incident, possibly a death, as a direct result of some idiotic action by a so-called “fan”.
    While some NUFC fans are hardly innocent, it perturbs me for the future of Wearside when quite a lot of them take delight in smashing up a metro carriage (after they complained for 30years that they didn’t have it), push stewards down stairs, smear shite on toilet walls to match our free stadium sponsor and sing inflammatory songs about Gary Speed, SBR and PC Rathband.
    Sad days indeed.

  • solano

    Mar 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Has Ed moved to the Moon?


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