The Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland is one of the fiercest rivalries in England.
Dating back to 1883, the two clubs from the North East have, well, hated each other.
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With the first meeting between the clubs this season on Sunday, the managers from both sides are asking one question:
Why can’t we be friends?
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said he hopes supporters are louder than ever, but without causing violence or harm.
I said two years ago that this nasty hate – those kinds of words – needed to go out. It’s a rivalry, a game of football, may the best team win and then we shake hands and go home.
The last thing the North East should be doing is fighting each other. But, at the same time, we know it’s a massive rivalry and the passion of the game shouldn’t be lost.
After last year’s derby at St. James’ Park, which Sunderland won 3-0, Newcastle fans clashed with police, with more than 100 arrests being made.
Pubs in Newcastle will not be serving alcohol until 10 a.m., which is three-and-a-half hours before kickoff. However, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes alcohol should not be served at all on the match day.
You want a friendly derby? Don’t sell alcohol the whole day in Newcastle and maybe you’ve got a chance. But if you’re going to let everybody go to the pub and you want them to behave, you’re a little bit naive. Quite naive.
But I’m a head coach, I’m not in the police department.”
While they may be calling for peace and tranquility off the pitch, you can be assured it will be fiery on the pitch. Newcastle will be looking to rebound from a 4-1 loss to Arsenal, while the Black Cats seek a much needed three points to gain some clearance from the relegation zone.