Scouse Derby Is Peanuts Compared To Toon-Mackems!

Last updated : 14 January 2011 By Footy Mad - Editor


Kevin Nolan: “Do you know, I haven’t even got a DVD of the game.

“I’ve got the ball and the shirt at home, but the memory of the goals is all up there in my head.

“To be honest, I was surprised when no one bought me the DVD for Christmas. I was going to buy my mam and dad one, but I didn’t get round to it either. I still haven’t sat and watched the goals.

“I don’t think I can say that I’ve never had to buy another beer since.

"I’m normally out with Andy (Carroll) anyway, so of course I’m the one that has to buy.

“The response I’ve had from the whole city has been tremendous.

“People want to speak to you more when you’re out and about. They come over, shake your hand and just say, ‘Thank you for a fantastic day’. There’s nothing more pleasing than when that happens.

“Just before relegation, I remember speaking about my hopes for myself and the club. It was always important to me that I wanted to leave something here, and make sure the Newcastle fans didn’t just think I was a lazy git who was crap.

“I didn’t want that. I wanted fans to think, ‘Yeah, he was good up here, a good servant to the club and fantastic when he was playing for us’. That has always been my goal, week in week out.

“When we went to watch a Liverpool-Everton derby, you’d have Liverpool and Everton fans sitting next to each other. You can’t have that here.

“Hatred’s a big word, and I don’t really want to use it, but there’s a lot of animosity between the two so I don’t think that ever happens.

“Here, the cities are so close, yet it’s unbelievable how far away from each other they are. It’s a massive derby because of that, and it means the bragging rights mean so much to the fans.

"With Liverpool-Everton, there’s a lot of friendly banter. With Newcastle- Sunderland, it’s different.

“Me and Joey spoke about it not long after we played in our first derby game, and we couldn’t really believe how much difference there was.

“We grew up with the Liverpool-Everton derby, and although everyone’s giving a bit, you could still go into a pub and see supporters from both teams. That doesn’t happen here.

“As players, that’s what we’re going to have to deal with, and we’re looking forward to it.

“A lot of the pressure is on them, because they have to get a good result in light of what happened.

“We’re not going there thinking we’re going to turn them over, but we’re not going to roll over for them either. It’s going to be a tough game again.

“I’m sure the atmosphere will be fairly hostile, but that’ll just make it a bit more exciting and give it a bit more of an edge.

“The lads genuinely love an occasion like that. It’ll be tough from their fans, but we’ll have fantastic support as well.

“Hopefully, we can do it for them and give them another fantastic afternoon.”