Newcastle and Sunderland faced off at St James’ Park again last night, although this time tempers were a little less frayed and the reserve derby ended 3-3.
The main talking point of the night wasn’t Gabriel Obertan giving the Toon reserves the lead. Nor was it Dan Gosling heading in the equaliser to make it 2-2 before getting sent off. Would you believe the thing that everything is talking about isn’t even Ryan Donaldson’s 86th minute equaliser to rescue a point and make it 3-3 on the night?
Nope the main talking point is the actions of a few NUFC fans, a minority of charvers who probably never get the chance to go to grown up fixtures so have to settle with reserve and friendly fixtures ripping down Sports Direct signs from the back of the East Stand, with part of one ending up on the playing surface at SJP.
Below is a video uploaded to YouTube of the events in question, or criminal damage as it’s usually called. I suggest people read the comments on said video. They will see that it’s just being used to take the mick out of us and that people are laughing at them and not with them.
Whilst it’s hardly on the scale of the pitch invasion at Darlington earlier in the season, it is still not exactly something to be proud of. There is most definitely an element of ar*eholes creeping into our support, the likes of which would never even be given the time of day not so long ago.
It needs to stop and it needs to stop now. The idiots responsible are causing us nothing but negative press and embarrassment and I sincerely hope that they are dealt with by both the club and the law. I’d like to hope they face criminal proceedings and also get banned from attending any games at St James’ Park, whether they be first-team, reserve or youth games.
This is an element of our support that needs stamping on. The club have already shown that they will take a hard line with numbskulls like these, even if it is to the detriment to the vast majority of fans who can handle a bit of fizzy pop without acting like Johnny Concrete. I hope it is those responsible that pay, and not the majority as we seen after the Darlington fiasco.
Best fans in the land? Not these ones for sure…