Highs and lows for derby couple

Sunderland fans Leanne English and Barry Simpson pictured with Newcastle fan Caroline Simpson.
Sunderland fans Leanne English and Barry Simpson pictured with Newcastle fan Caroline Simpson.
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THERE was no love lost between one husband and wife team when the final whistle was blown on the Tyne-Wear derby.

Barry and Caroline Simpson were poles apart when they watched the Sunderland and Newcastle United game, which saw Paulo Di Canio’s men romp home to a 3-0 win – their first victory on enemy turf in 13 years.

Delighted Barry, 31, a welder at Caterpillar, said: “I thought it was brilliant, on my part. Di Canio was crazy with his celebrations, he could be the right choice, even after the controversy. I might be getting the silent treatment from Caroline for a while though.”

Durham County Council worker Caroline, 32, of Westmoreland Rise, Peterlee, joked: “I’m not feeling anything at the moment, apart from hatred for my husband, and the Toon fan friends I have. I was the only one left drowning my sorrows.

“It’s so close at the bottom of the table. But now they know what it feels like to be a Magpie, to be on the winning end after 13 years, and Paulo di Canio can be forgiven, for his sins.”

Caroline’s daughter, Rosie Tough, 12, is also a Magpies fan, while her son, Oliver Simpson, four, follows his dad’s team. Caroline’s friend Leanne English, 32, a Black Cats fan, was also celebrating. But Caroline joked: “We still love each other, I can always divorce Barry.”