Yesterday, Sunday, October 27th, 2013, was a really important football match where I live now. It was the derby (Tyne-Wear derby), between Sunderland AFC, and Newcastle United; big time rivals.
I’ve been warned several times about this match, especially in case of loss of Sunderland, I was told to avoid the city center and the area surrounding the Stadium of Light, where the home match for Sunderland was being played. I was also given a small background on how the premiere league was going thus far for Sunderland, and I was not happy to know that they have lost all their previous matches – 6 of them.
I went to city center to watch the match in a pub, but before leaving the house I made sure my clothes do not resemble black and white, Newcastle’s colors! Better safe than sorry, especially when dealing with angered English football fans! I was a bit late and the match had already started, and the streets were empty! Let alone for the bus that passes every few minutes and a few people running to find a place to watch the match!
By the time I arrived the score was already Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle! There was a good vibe and people looked happy! This happiness faded by the second half as Newcastle scored 1 goal, and this stayed for almost all the second half.
There was probably some connection dysfunction in our pub, as a guy came in from the street really excited saying “Sunderland has scored a second! I saw it!” and a couple of minutes later Sunderland did score the second goal! It was ecstatic, the cheering from all the pubs beside each other!
The match ended at Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle, but the day has just started for Sunderland fans (and basically all citizens.) I have to mention that all ladies and girls were either dressed in the teams’ uniform, or what I would call a bit over dressed, with gowns and nightwear and high heels! But this was all explained when the music started blasting from the clubs at 3 pm, and the already half drunk crowds started arriving and going into them to celebrate what seems to will be a long day after a long awaited win!
I didn’t stay much longer to be honest, but the rest of the day was pretty much expected, people partying till the night, and being it a Sunday, they wouldn’t stay out THAT late I’d guess. It was pretty cold and I went home shortly after, but I was happy to know that no trouble would take place in Sunderland that evening.