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Post  oldblackcat on 2016-03-28, 11:42 am

A little late but here's a bit more Derby History for you to have a read,hope you enjoy it Very Happy (took me long enough to copy and type up)

Titled "The Long Good Friday"...or "The Game That Was Never Played" 

Thousands of supporters from the villages of Durham and Northumberland rose early on the morning of 5th April 1901 to ensure they arrived in plenty of time for the big derby clash at St James.They would experience an unforgettable day but not see a ball kicked.

Huge crowds descended on St James for the keenly awaited derby.After being near the top of the league for much of the season United had dropped to 7th,while deadly rivals Sunderland were now top.

The closure of the gates 45 minutes before kick off did not deter many of those locked out.Walls and locked gates proved no obstacle to those intent on getting in.It was estimated that there were 70,000 people in the ground,at the time when the capacity was half that number.

People in the packed stands spilled onto the pitch in such numbers that the 25 policeman on duty had no chance of the match to get underway.The following day The Times reported....

A League football match between Newcastle United and Sunderland had been arranged to take place at Newcastle yesterday afternoon.The rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland in football is very keen,and thousands of both teams went to St James Park to see the play.The pressure of the crowd at the entrances were so great that the gates were broken down and the people surged onto the field.The result was that when the match ought to have begun the playing enclosure was crowded with spectators and it was found impossible to clear them out.It was decided therefore,to abandon the match.A considerable number of spectators then became very disorderly.The flag of the Newcastle club was seized and torn and the netting was pulled down.An attempt was made to pull up the goalposts,and 20 policemen were compelled in self defence to draw their truncheons and charge the mob,several of whom received blows.The police were reinforced and an effort was made to clear the ground.A constable was seriously crushed,and among a number of people who were injured one had his leg broken.The field of play was afterwards found to have been greatly damaged.The match will now be played on some Wednesday,but the date is not yet fixed.


Despite the mayhem that too place there were few casualties and even those were confined to broken limbs and cuts and bruises.Most were from falls from perilous vantage points supporters had clambered to in the stands.

The ground was not cleared until 5 o'clock and for many of those who had travelled to Tyneside by "shanks pony" it would be many hours before reaching home on an extraordinary Good Friday.

The Newcastle officials had the foresight to have the substantial gate receipts taken quickly from the ground so as not to present a tempting target for the disgruntled crowd.

The fact that the admission money was not returned caused resentment with some.R H Bell of Thornton place Sunderland,booked a hotel room at the Grand Hotel in bridge street on 25th April and invited the public to discuss the possibility of suing the Newcastle directors for the return of the gate money.Only three people turned up at the meeting,however,there was a court case to try to get Newcastle to pay up but this failed.

The rearranged game was eventually played on 24th April and Sunderland won 2-0,but two defeats after the Good Friday "riot" had led to them losing ground in the title race.In the end Sunderland were pipped for the championship by Liverpool.For the merseysiders,under Newcastle born former Roker boss Tom Watson,their first league title.
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Post  Guest on 2016-03-28, 11:49 am

oldblackcat wrote:A little late but here's a bit more Derby History for you to have a read,hope you enjoy it Very Happy (took me long enough to copy and type up)

Titled "The Long Good Friday"...or "The Game That Was Never Played" 

Thousands of supporters from the villages of Durham and Northumberland rose early on the morning of 5th April 1901 to ensure they arrived in plenty of time for the big derby clash at St James.They would experience an unforgettable day but not see a ball kicked.

Huge crowds descended on St James for the keenly awaited derby.After being near the top of the league for much of the season United had dropped to 7th,while deadly rivals Sunderland were now top.

The closure of the gates 45 minutes before kick off did not deter many of those locked out.Walls and locked gates proved no obstacle to those intent on getting in.It was estimated that there were 70,000 people in the ground,at the time when the capacity was half that number.

People in the packed stands spilled onto the pitch in such numbers that the 25 policeman on duty had no chance of the match to get underway.The following day The Times reported....

A League football match between Newcastle United and Sunderland had been arranged to take place at Newcastle yesterday afternoon.The rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland in football is very keen,and thousands of both teams went to St James Park to see the play.The pressure of the crowd at the entrances were so great that the gates were broken down and the people surged onto the field.The result was that when the match ought to have begun the playing enclosure was crowded with spectators and it was found impossible to clear them out.It was decided therefore,to abandon the match.A considerable number of spectators then became very disorderly.The flag of the Newcastle club was seized and torn and the netting was pulled down.An attempt was made to pull up the goalposts,and 20 policemen were compelled in self defence to draw their truncheons and charge the mob,several of whom received blows.The police were reinforced and an effort was made to clear the ground.A constable was seriously crushed,and among a number of people who were injured one had his leg broken.The field of play was afterwards found to have been greatly damaged.The match will now be played on some Wednesday,but the date is not yet fixed.


Despite the mayhem that too place there were few casualties and even those were confined to broken limbs and cuts and bruises.Most were from falls from perilous vantage points supporters had clambered to in the stands.

The ground was not cleared until 5 o'clock and for many of those who had travelled to Tyneside by "shanks pony" it would be many hours before reaching home on an extraordinary Good Friday.

The Newcastle officials had the foresight to have the substantial gate receipts taken quickly from the ground so as not to present a tempting target for the disgruntled crowd.

The fact that the admission money was not returned caused resentment with some.R H Bell of Thornton place Sunderland,booked a hotel room at the Grand Hotel in bridge street on 25th April and invited the public to discuss the possibility of suing the Newcastle directors for the return of the gate money.Only three people turned up at the meeting,however,there was a court case to try to get Newcastle to pay up but this failed.

The rearranged game was eventually played on 24th April and Sunderland won 2-0,but two defeats after the Good Friday "riot" had led to them losing ground in the title race.In the end Sunderland were pipped for the championship by Liverpool.For the merseysiders,under Newcastle born former Roker boss Tom Watson,their first league title.


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Post  Hieronymus on 2016-03-29, 10:51 am

Interesting read OBC. I especially liked this bit: 


"The Newcastle officials had the foresight to have the substantial gate receipts taken quickly from the ground so as not to present a tempting target for the disgruntled crowd"


Robbers then and robbers now eh? Very Happy
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