Newcastle and Sunderland have been battling for the bragging rights of the North East for decades.
Since the very first competitive meeting way back in 1888 the pair has met on 104 occasions with Newcastle edging the derby day victories.
There has been no Tyne/Wear Derbies this season due to contesting different leagues and that rivalry may not be ignited for a while yet.
Rafa Benitez` side are currently top of the Championship and on the brink of automatic promotion back to the Premier League.
Sunderland on the other hand are looking very likely to take Newcastle`s place in England`s second tier.
Now, before anyone bites my head off with what I am about to say` I would like to emphasise that as a massive Newcastle fan I am speaking purely on behalf of entertainment for the fans.
I really hope Sunderland stay up this Season.
Despite the fact that we haven’t beaten the Mackems since the 20th August 2011 thanks to a Ryan Taylor free kick, there is undoubtedly a strong pull for the return of these games.
In a Premier League season, not having these derbies twice a season makes no sense for any real football fan.
It`s like losing Arsenal vs Tottenham or Everton Vs Liverpool, the league would become that bit duller and its always the first dates that any Newcastle or Sunderland fan look out for.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t want revenge for the last six years of hurt and humiliation and having to listen to the Sunderland fans who have been gloating for years.
There was a ray of hope at the tail end of last season as Alexander Mitrovic rescued a point as we trailed 1-0 at St James Park.
Before Sunderland’s domination of this fixture we enjoyed our own spell of success remaining unbeaten from 2001-2008 winning six times and sharing the spoils three times.
There is an element of trouble when the two sides meet however that goes on with most clubs in Britain every week. A lot was made about the violence after the game in 2013 in which we lost 3-0 at St James Park.
I was at the home derby last season and never noticed any trouble flaring up as it was very well policed, if that is the case for future games then I see no problem with a return for the rivalry.
I believe that if both Sunderland and Middlesbrough remain in the top flight next season they will be joined by Newcastle under the steady stewardship of Rafa Benitez and those will be four mouth-watering fixtures to look out for come June.