The last time we went there was 2008.
Magpie midfielder Joey Barton was spat at and pelted with missiles as he warmed up before being ushered back to the Newcastle dugout by police.
Goalkeeper Shay Given was also confronted by two supporters on the pitch – after Kieran Richardson fired in Sunderland’s winner during the 2-0 win.
And at the final whistle seats were ripped out and hurled on to the pitch as fans spilled on to the playing area.
In total officers made 29 arrests and a post-match inquiry was launched to probe fan violence.
In the effort to bring the louts under control a police horse sustained minor burns when it was struck by a firework.
Police were forced to separate rival fans near St Peter’s Metro Station before the start of the game.
A British Transport Police officer also suffered a broken wrist as up to 1,000 Newcastle United fans shunned the free coaches laid on by their club and made their own way to Wearside.
A spokesman for Newcastle: “Newcastle United are fully supportive of Northumbria Police’s comments and, like Sunderland AFC, are aiming for a trouble-free derby day.”
JACK-THE-LAD PREDICTED THE SCORE -
"Five against the Mackems!"
NEWCASTLE 5 SUNDERLAND 1
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Jose Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Ranger 86), Carroll. Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Smith.
SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Bardsley, Bramble, Turner, Onuoha, Henderson, Cattermole (Mensah 76), Malbranque, Elmohamady (Gyan 40), Welbeck (Richardson 55), Bent. Subs Not Used: Gordon, Zenden, Da Silva, Ferdinand.
It was as close to the perfect performance I have ever seen from a Newcastle United side.
There was no weakness; no player gave less than 100%; and it was a system that ripped the heart out of the Mackems and had them running for the exit with half and hour still to go.
Captain Marvel Kevin Nolan put in one of the best performances I have EVER seen, and I am old enough to remember Tony Green's stunning game at Old Trafford; Supermac's double at Hillsborough against Burnley; Shearer's five against Sheff Wed; Tino's hat-trick that rocked Barcelona; and David Ginola's wonder show at Bolton.
He scored a hat-trick, but that was just part of it. He pulled the piss out of Cattermole for 76 minutes and Steve Bruce finally put his skipper out of his misery by subbing him before he broke down in tears!
Nolan goaded him with: "What's the score? Eh eh eh eh?" and when Cattermole left the field Nolan then turned his attention to Mensah, who was so lucky not to get sent off for biting back.
Nolan will make the headlines, but not far behind him was Joey Barton who was AWESOME! Every pass, cross, corner and free-kick put the Mackems to the sword, and this was the best we have ever seen of him.
But there were 11 stars out there, and the Scum couldn't lick their boots.
It was as close to perfection as I have ever seen.
The Magpies were on the front foot from the off as the game started at a lively pace, and they steadily built momentum before exploding into life with 24 minutes gone.
It took a fine reaction save from Simon Mignolet to keep out Andy Carroll's bullet header, and the Belgian had to be equally alert two minutes later to claw Joey Barton's stinging drive away from the bottom corner.
But the deadlock was finally broken from the resulting corner when central defender Mike Williamson got up well to head down Barton's corner and Nolan sent the ball into the roof of the net with an acrobatic overhead kick.
The noise level at St James' Park reached ear-splitting levels as Nolan was mobbed by his team-mates, and it was to get much, much better for the home fans before the half-time whistle sounded.
Newcastle increased their lead within eight minutes when Carroll's scuffed volley fell perfectly for the criminally unmarked Nolan, who controlled before slipping the ball past the advancing Mignolet.
Bruce's game plan was simply not working, with lone striker Bent almost redundant, and the manager made his tactical move five minutes before the break when he sent on £13million-plus man Gyan in place of Ahmed Elmohamady and switched to a 4-4-2 formation.
But before the new arrival could make an impact, his side fell further behind after Nedum Onuoha's clumsy injury-time challenge on Jonas Gutierrez prompted referee Phil Dowd to point to the spot.
Ameobi, who converted a penalty in the corresponding fixture two seasons ago, repeated the feat to pile the pressure on Bruce and his players.
Sunderland's reshuffle had seen Steed Malbranque drop into a midfield four and Jordan Henderson move out to the right, and while that gave them a better shape, they caused few problems for their hosts in the opening minutes of the second half.
Their woes deepened with 53 minutes gone when in his eagerness to prevent Carroll from racing in on goal, Bramble launched himself into a desperate challenge which sent the striker sprawling, and was punished with a straight red card.
Carroll sent a towering header over the bar two minutes later with the visitors rocking, and Bruce introduced Kieran Richardson as a replacement for Danny Welbeck with things going from bad to worse.
Krul, who had been a virtual spectator for much of the game, had to get down well to turn away Phil Bardsley's 65th-minute strike, but the Magpies were coasting to victory.
They increased their lead with 20 minutes remaining when Carroll's powerful header came back off the crossbar and Ameobi rifled home spectacularly.
There was worse to come five minutes later when Nolan met Ameobi's flick-on two yards out to complete his hat-trick, and Bent's last-minute strike repaired none of the damage inflicted on the demoralised visitors.
Yes lads (and lasses) ... whenever you see the Mackem FTM banners ... remember what it means ... FIVE TO MAGS!
But we have to be fair and give both sides of the story.
We may mock, humiliate, and simply take the piss out of the red and white scum, but it's always decent and honourable to let them put THEIR point of view.
So, now then, Phil Bardsley - what was it like to go to St James' Park and shit yer pants?
Phil Bardsley (Sunderland midfielder): "I'm absolutely shattered and gutted for everyone.
"I can't justify what happened out there. We simply didn't turn up. I'm absolutely gutted.
"The fans will be too. It's a bad day for the club, a bad result. Too many players did not turn up.
"It's a big occasion and one you expect players to turn up in - we didn't and played the price.
"It went wrong from the first minute. We had to come out and pressure the ball and we didn't.
"We need to get in tomorrow, get ourselves right and get ourselves into shape for the Stoke game on Saturday."
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