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I had been taken to Newcastle a couple of times the previous season and had enjoyed the football and the occasion, but my very first trip to Roker Park in March 1966 had totally hooked me, I liked football but loved Sunderland and had taken every opportunity offered to go to Roker and see my heroes. Now I was going to the big one! The derby, the game we all love to win. With a tide to turn, United again came out positively and a short corner from Marcus Rashford allowed Fernandes to unleash and effort on goal but Ederson was equal to it. A few days later, Alix and Josie bump into each other again, this time outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie has been listening to Alix’s podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series. She is, she tells Alix, on the cusp of great changes in her life.
Cass also had some insightful observations on the burgeoning partnership between O’Hare and Martin, the performance of Kinnell and the possibilities of a partnership with Charlie Hurley in defence who was just about fit again, as well as the influence of coach John Mortimore, whom manager Ian McColl had bought to the club form Chelsea. In the 80th minute, it was 3-0. Onana was again called into action to save Rodri’s deflected shot from the edge of the box and as the ball was pushed wide, Haaland collected and crossed low for Foden to steer into the net. Unfortunately, the lead was doubled when Haaland added his second, similar to the effort that Onana saved at the end of the first half, but nothing could be done about the close-range header this time as he was left unmarked to convert Bernardo Silva’s cross for 2-0.Five minutes later, Hojlund was set free by an errantFoden pass and bearing down on the keeper, but was disturbed by John Stones's pull before he could apply the finishing touch to restore parity. After skipping over Ederson's challenge, he teed up Fernandes who put the recycled effort over the bar. Bob Cass in the Journal did forecast a 3-1 Sunderland victory, with Baxter and Mulhall to the fore, but its fair to say he was a lone voice in the local press. The game finished at a canter for Sunderland, United were well beaten and had hardly thrown a punch in a contest that Sunderland had dominated from start to finish.
I cannot tell you what an excited young lad I was when I realised I was going to my first away game to see the Lads play Newcastle. The fact that we could get to St James about twenty-five minutes faster than we could get to Roker Park from my Morpeth home was neither here nor there to me. Celebrating her forty-fifth birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summer crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Josie, it turns out, is also celebrating her forty-fifth birthday. They are, in fact, birthday twins. Josie’s life appears to be strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can’t quite resist the temptation to keep making the podcast. Slowly she starts to realize that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life - and into her home.Slim Jim did not let me down in that second half, he oozed class and pulled off one of his best games in a red and white shirt. He loved a big crowd and the big stage, but in this game, he put aside his showboating and became the continuity player that made his reputation, sliding passes long and short, creating space for others and looking like he had all the time in the world to strut his stuff. He was ably assisted by George Herd who could be such a clever operator on his day.
Derby games can be notoriously tight turgid affairs, this game was nothing like that! Sunderland were the better team from start to finish and just had far too much in every department for a Newcastle team that just managed to escape relegation at the end of this season. In the ascendancy, Pep Guardiola’s side created more opportunities soon after, including through Grealish who dropped his shoulder to cut inside and curled a strike which was goalbound until Onana pushed it away. For the visitors, Rodri set a dangerous move in motion with a deep ball forward, which was kept in on the byline via the head of Kyle Walker for Foden to nod towards goal. Getting across to it, Andre Onana saved the attempt before then acrobatically getting a hand to the ball to deny the lurking Haaland, and Harry Maguire cleared the danger.The season seemed primed to take off from this point, and we followed this result up with a scintillating 4-1 victory at Roker Park over Sheffield United with Baxter and Martin once more to the fore. However, we flattered to deceive for the rest of the season, unable to win away from home or put a run of victories together. Behind the scenes there was a divided dressing room, an indifferent manager, and a wayward star whose light was fading as alcohol and gambling did their worst.