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.”