Tyne-Wear Derby Chronicles: That Derby Massacre


It will live long in the hearts, minds and eyes of everyone, whether you are black and white, or red and white, albeit for different reasons. It was the afternoon all of Newcastle United’s dreams, and Sunderland’s nightmares, were made of. For near half a century supporters had waited for a destruction of such ferocity, but nobody expected it coming, no body at all and the quote in the following day’s Newcastle Evening Chronicle said it all.

“Derby defeat, a dreadful performance, five goals conceded, a sending off – the pain went on and on.  And, like all horror stories, it was the shock factor that proved scariest of all. Because no-one saw this crushing defeat coming. Not the fans, not the manager, not the players.”

Not since December 1956, when Newcastle won 6-2 at St. James’ Park, had a derby result been so emphatic. Supporters had waited a long time for this coming, but it was worth it, all of it. Back then it was Alec Tait who was the hat-trick hero, now it was Kevin Nolan’s turn to etch himself into United folklore with a treble of his own.

Some nine bookings and one red card were brandished throughout the ninety minutes of hell for those from Wearside, the red mist surrounding that of former United defender, Titus Bramble. Sunderland even went into the match undefeated and having blanked Manchester United in the run up. How things were about to change as the two sides took the field in the cauldron of St. James’ Park. The two sides lined up for the 2010 Halloween, Tyne-Wear derby as follows –

Newcastle United – Krul; Coloccini, Enrique, Williamson, Simpson; Nolan, Barton, Gutierrez,Tiote; Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger)

Sunderland – Mignolet; Bardsley, Turner, Onuoha, Bramble; Cattermole (Mensah), Malbranque, Henderson, Elmohamady (Gyan); Bent, Welbeck (Richardson)

(Players in bold denotes yellow card; Bramble received a red).


It would be midfielder Kevin Nolan who would open the floodgates just before the half hour mark after a corner from fellow midfielder, Joey Barton, was headed on by ‘The Mackem Slayer,’ Shola Ameobi and Nolan to score with an overhead kick that evaded Mignolet and three Sunderland defenders on its way in. Eight minutes later and the lead was doubled, Gutierrez started the move for Nolan’s second when he tapped home following a wild effort from United’s number nine, Andy Carroll. Come the interval that lead was three when Ameobi netted from the spot four minutes into first half stoppage time. The spot-kick was awarded after Nedum Onuoha had tripped United’s Argentine winger, Jonas Gutierrez, was tripped in the box. It was Shola’s fifth goal in the derby and he would add his sixth derby goal, and the fourth of the afternoon, on seventy minutes. Before that though, referee Dowd was quick in dismissing Bramble after he brought down Carroll. The ‘Mackem Slayer’ second of the game was reminiscent of a certain goal against Manchester United in 1996 when this time Carroll’s looping header came back off the crossbar and the ‘Tormentor of Sunderland’ was on hand to smash home the rebound. Five minutes later and Nolan completed his hat-trick, the first in the Tyne-Wear derby since Beardsley’s on New Year’s Day 1985. Again it came from a Barton corner, Ameobi head-on, that was flicked home by the onrushing midfielder. There was still time for Sunderland to notch a consolation when, it stoppage time at the end of the match, after all was said and done, Darren Bent volleyed home a corner.

The headline in the Daily Mail the following day said it all when they led with “Its three cheers for the boss, as Nolan leads a derby rout.” They continued by saying that “This was the biggest humiliation heaped on a side in the Tyne-Wear derby for more than 50 years. It was a game no supporter on either side of the divide will ever forget.

“Sunderland’s defenders just stood and watched, as they had all afternoon.”

In the build-up to the match it was said that then Newcastle manager, Chris Hughton had his job on the line. This result would have changed many a mind in a perfect riposte to the criticism endured. In fact hat-trick hero, Nolan, paid tribute when he told the Daily Telegraph afterwards that, “we have worked so hard this week and it has paid off today.

“To score a hat-trick will live me forever. I am delighted for the fans and for Chris. He deserves it after what he has been through this week. Chris is a fantastic man. You could see how much victory meant to all us. It will shut people up.”

Afforded a rarity from the Toon Army during the second half when they burst into chorus of ‘Walking in a Hughton Wonderland,’ an ode usually afforded to that of Sir Bobby Robson. Hughton told the Daily Mail afterwards that “I am a very, very proud man and it’s a nice feeling. I am always grateful for their support but it’s about the players. They put the performance in and the supporters loved what they saw which was a committed team taking the game by the scruff of the neck.”

And a final word from BBC Sport when they added that “Sunderland were second best, but what will hurt them more is they were a clear second best at the ground of their arch-rivals.”

Although this impending derby might not quite live up to what has gone before we can be assured of one thing, supporters of both persuasion will be in for a treat, after all, its the Tyne-Wear Derby, we don’t do dull.



About petermannwriter

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