Newcastle fans over the last few years have learned to hate clashes with Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby. The Magpies were on the wrong end of the longest losing streak in the history of the derby between 2013 and 2015 when they fell to six consecutive defeats, yet now that the Mackems are in League One they don’t miss the fixture one bit.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) March 19, 2019
Today is the official three-year anniversary since the last time the two sides played each other in a competitive senior fixture, obviously not including the recent fixture that saw the Magpies’ U21 side travel to the Stadium of Light. However, the Geordies all seem fine with not facing their arch-rivals, and will hope for the lack of fixtures against the Black Cats to continue.
The last game that was played out between the two sides finished 1-1 at St James Park. It was Rafa Benitez’s first, and so far, only experience of the clash and if it wasn’t for a late Aleksandar Mitrovic equaliser then he would have seen his side fall to their 7th consecutive derby day disaster. Since then, though, the Geordies have enjoyed watching Sunderland fall and have taken great pleasure from watching the Black Cats cry on Netflix.
You can read the Geordies’ thoughts on three years without Sunderland here:
Hope we never play them again.
— Paul Wardle (@paulwallsend) March 19, 2019
Nah happy for them to go out of business in league one thank you
— Stu lennox (@Stu99Stu) 19 March 2019
No. Never want to have to play them ever again.
— graham scott (@nufcscott1968) March 19, 2019
Don’t miss them one bit! Hope we never play them again.
— Chris Johnson (@majic8lsnufc) March 19, 2019
Here’s to 3 more blissful years
— Michael Armstrong (@Army020885) March 19, 2019
Nah don’t miss em
— Gary (@_gary_wilson_) March 19, 2019
I don't miss 6 in a row.
Let them fester……
— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) March 19, 2019
Don’t miss them one bit I hope they end up in the wearside league
— A lost Geordie (@geordiedoonhere) March 19, 2019
I take great pleasure in seeing Sunderland two leagues below after they laughed at us being relegated, so no, I'm happy to do without them
— Geordie_Ingham (@Geordie_Ingham) March 19, 2019
The Geordies have all taken great pleasure from their rival’s decline and won’t miss playing them twice a year so long as the Stadium of Light remains a League One ground.