Tag: Sunderland

Video of the Day: Newcastle United vs Sunderland, May 1990

Last night here on 200%, we had a look back through the mists of time to an infamous match in 1901 between Newcastle United and Sunderland which had to be called off before kick-off. As we noted, the history of the Tyne-Wear derby is pock-marked with violence, and today’s videos go back to the tail-end of the worst period in the history of the game for hooliganism and a round of play-off matches that may well have left the Football League wondering whether the whole concept of these end of season mini-tournaments were even worth the effort of playing...

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Newcastle, Sunderland & A Good Friday Disagreement

On Sunday afternoon at St James Park, Newcastle United play Sunderland in what can probably – and, for once, without hyperbole – be described as the most important match between the two clubs in recent years. With both clubs sitting in perilous danger of relegation from the Premier League come the end of this season, this weekend’s match is about more than mere local pride. With a new television contract kicking in for the Premier League this summer, around £100m could be at stake should one – or both – of these clubs end up dropping into the Football...

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Oh Adam, Where did it all go wrong?

The Sun newspaper, bastions of taste and decency to the last, led with the headline “Paedo In His Speedos,” accompanied by a picture of the (now surely former) footballer. The dividing line between extreme sexual deviancy and wholesome family entertainment in the black and white world of the tabloid press presumably falls somewhere between the fifteen years of age of the victim in the case of Adam Johnson and the sixteen years of age of Samantha Fox when she made her Page Three debut under a strap-line reading ‘Sam, 16, Quits A-Levels for Ooh-Levels’ in 1983. Moral relativism was...

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Video of the Day: Sunderland vs Manchester United, November 1984

In November 1984, Sunderland were mid-table in the First Division whilst Manchester United were chasing the league championship. Sunderland had spent the previous fifteen years bouncing between the top two divisions, winning the FA Cup in 1973 whilst in the Second Division. Manchester United, of course, had not been the champions of England since 1967 and had spent reasonably lavishly in the early 1980s under Ron Atkinson in an attempt to close the gap on Liverpool, their biggest rivals and the dominant team of the era. This particular season, however, Liverpool were struggling. On the morning of the 24th...

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Manchester United’s Angst & Sunderland’s Conflict

When the ball’s not rolling your way, the ball’s not rolling your way. Into extra-time having won in ninety minutes – had the away goals rule applied after ninety minutes, this would have been enough to see them squeeze through to the final – they were pinned back to almost certain defeat with a minute of extra-time left to play, but somehow they still they managed to find the briefest moments of time to force a penalty shoot-out. And then they lost the penalty shoot-out. Even though the other team missed three out of their five shots at goal. On a night when the villains outshone the heroes by a factor of appoximately three to one, Manchester United imploded in the most improbable, spectacular, self-inflicted manner possible. Had Brian Glanville used it as a plot line in a new children’s novel called “Goalkeepers Are Different II: The Personal Inner Torment Of David De Gea,” it would have been laughed out of court as “too far-fetched to be credible” by the press and public alike. Where they found a way to lose, they found a way to lose. But there was a peculiar beauty in defeat of this nature. It was epic, sweeping, almost grandiose. Not that this will come as much of a crumb of comfort to their supporters today. For Sunderland supporters, there may be an element of...

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