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Three Memorable Tyne-Wear Derbies from the Past Two Decades

Posted on December 9th, 2020 | No Comments |

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31/10/2010: Newcastle United 5, Sunderland 1
The Tyne-Wear derby is always one of the most fiercely contested fixtures on the sporting calendar, and although this much-anticipated match-up hasn’t been staged since March 2016, there have been many standout moments for Toon fans over the last 20 years.

With Sunderland currently languishing in League One, and having recently appointed their third manager in the space of two and a half years. They are 11/2 for relegation in the latest Premier League betting there seems very little chance of these two North East rivals crossing paths anytime soon.

Newcastle have had a mixed start to the campaign, although their place in the top flight appears to be relatively secure, and the Magpies are unlikely to bump into their old adversaries for at least another couple of seasons. With that in mind, we’ve picked out three hugely memorable encounters which are likely to put a smile on the face of Magpies supporters.

Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle – 20th August 2011.

Newcastle fans felt understandably aggrieved when Joey Barton’s goalbound header was seemingly blocked by the hand of Seb Larsson, however, justice was served when Ryan Taylor curled home a superb free-kick to give the visitors a precious lead at the Stadium of Light. Asamoah Gyan’s effort flashed narrowly wide in the late stages of the contest, although the final few minutes were made infinitely less nervy for those travelling supporters once Phil Bardsley had received his marching orders for a lunge on Fabricio Coloccini.

This victory meant that Newcastle continued their dominance in the derby, with Alan Pardew’s men having avoided defeat in 12 of the last 13 meetings between the pair.

Newcastle 5-1 Sunderland – 31st October 2010.

It was a Halloween to forget for the Black Cats as they were trounced by their arch rivals at St James’ Park. Newcastle were unplayable at times with the powerful combination of Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi causing all manner of problems for the Sunderland defence.

Known as the ‘Demolition Derby,’ the game is still fondly remembered by Magpies fans with Chris Hughton guiding his side to a truly memorable derby day victory. The noise around the stadium was immense as the hosts tore apart their beleaguered rivals, with effervescent midfielder Kevin Nolan bagging a hat-trick and the aforementioned Ameobi netting a brace. Titus Bramble’s dismissal rounded off a hugely forgettable afternoon for the visitors.

This sensational demolition job is still fondly remembered by Magpies fans with Chris Hughton guiding his side to a truly memorable derby day victory. The noise around the stadium was immense as the hosts tore apart their beleaguered rivals, with effervescent midfielder Kevin Nolan bagging a hat-trick and the aforementioned Ameobi netting a brace.

Titus Bramble’s dismissal rounded off a hugely forgettable afternoon for the visitors.

Sunderland 1-4 Newcastle – 17th April 2006.

Glenn Roeder masterminded a superb late-season victory with Newcastle netting three second-half goals in the space of seven devastating minutes. Michael Chopra’s equaliser looked likely to set up a grandstand finish, however, Alan Shearer, Charles N’Zogbia and Albert Luque had other ideas.

Sunderland were rooted to the foot of the Premier League table at the start of this clash, and Newcastle fans took immense satisfaction from heaping further misery on their struggling hosts.

The result was slightly soured by Shearer’s late injury, but it was a hugely satisfactory outing for the away side, who made it five consecutive Tyne-Wear victories.

Although these two sides are currently poles apart, and the majority of Geordies will be happy to see the Black Cats treading water in the third tier, this fixture is always a hotly anticipated contest, and the pair will surely enjoy plenty more memorable match-ups going forward.

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