Praise for fans after Black Cats record derby win

Paul Weir
Paul Weir

The man in charge of keeping fans safe at the Stadium of Light has praised supporters for their behaviour after yesterday’s Wear-Tyne derby victory.

A sell-out crowd saw Sam Allardyce’s men run out 3-0 winners to record a record sixth straight victory over their local rivals.

Both sets of fans were a credit to the region and I hope we can continue like this for future derbies.

Paul Weir

Head of safety Paul Weir said: “The derby is always an emotionally charged atmosphere, but as has been the case in recent games, the overwhelming majority of supporters behaved impeccably.

“The Sunderland fans were in great spirits throughout and we thank them for their good behaviour, which contributed to an electric atmosphere.

“We must also praise the Newcastle fans, who behaved very well throughout the game and during the hold-back period.

“I would also like to thank the Sunderland and Newcastle stewards who were on duty for the game. They worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure we could provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone and of course Northumbria Police, whose pre-match planning and operation on the day ensured that the day went well and with very few issues.

“Both sets of fans were a credit to the region and I hope we can continue like this for future derbies.”

Northumbria Police match commander Chf Supt Steve Neill said: “The fans have again shown today why the Wear-Tyne derby is up there with the best in the country.

“I would like to praise supporters who worked well with officers on the ground and were extremely patient and good natured on what can be a very tense day.

“I must also acknowledge the work of both football clubs who have been diligent in their preparation to make this fixture as safe and successful as it has been.

“This was very much a partnership operation and I would like to extend a big thank you to all those who helped with the planning operation.”