Honours even for derby-day pals

Sunderland fan Adam Brown (left) with his lifelong friend and Newcastle fan Thomas Hunt. Picture by FRANK REID
Sunderland fan Adam Brown (left) with his lifelong friend and Newcastle fan Thomas Hunt. Picture by FRANK REID

THE bragging rights have been put on hold for two close pals whose loyalties were split during yesterday’s Wear-Tyne derby.

Sunderland fan Adam Brown, 20, from Easington Colliery and Thomas Hunt, an avid Magpie, who lives in Easington Village, have been good mates since their school days.But on derby day their friendship is put to one side.

But neither had the edge this weekend after the first derby of this season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Newcastle went 1-0 up early on and despite having Cheik Tiote sent off in the first half, looked relatively comfortable until a Demba Bra own goal brought the Black Cats level with five minutes to go.

Thomas, who lives in The Spinney, in Easington Village, said he is in no doubt that if Tiote wasn’t sent off Newcastle would have gone on to win the game, but was still content with a point.

“I would have took a draw beforehand,” said Thomas, who works at Easington Village News.

“But I’m just disappointed that a controversial sending off changed the game.

“If it was 11 v 11 I think we would have comfortably beat them and it wasn’t nice to concede late on.

“I think me and Adam are both quite happy – until next time anyway”, he laughed.

“We will definitely beat them at home.”

Adam, who lives the The Cresent, Easington Colliery, added: “I was over the moon when the ball went in, it was more relief than anything else.

“I was starting to get a bit worried that they would have the bragging rights but it was a good game and all over the village and the local pubs there were friends talking about the game.”