A couple of weeks ago, after travel restrictions on the Tyne-Wear derby were lifted, I made a comment that rather than seeking to punish bona fide supporters who wanted to support their team the police should apply to close all pubs within a three-mile radius of the ground. My point was that the element which caused bother after the last Newcastle game had spent the afternoon drinking and had then gone out looking for trouble. By targeting pubs rather than fans the police would address the issue at its roots and although some innocent landlords would lose out those who had broken the law by serving drink to already-drunken fans would get their just desserts
Pigs do fly after all. Top of the charts at the Sunderland page of newsnow.co.uk is a Newcastle United blog’s posting in which a Mag offers positive thoughts about Sunderland.
That means a lot of people have already seen it. If you haven’t, you should read on.