Alan Candlish

Alan Candlish was taken by his father to see Newcastle United and Sunderland on alternate weeks and he says he was taught “whether you are a Mackem or a Magpie, football is in your blood.”

Ha'way/howay the Lads

Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs generate a rivalry that assumes a greater importance than any other in English football. Perhaps in British football only that between Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow can match it and that is fuelled by sectarian bigotry. Newcastle and Sunderland are not even in the…