SUNDERLAND fans have been praised for their behaviour at the weekend’s victorious derby.
The Black Cats enjoyed their third consecutive derby victory at St James’ Park yesterday – the fourth consecutive win against Newcastle in total – with ninetieth-minute winner from Adam Johnson, against rivals Newcastle United.
More than 2,600 Black Cats fans made the short journey across the Tyne to support their team and were in full voice from start to finish.
Both sets of fans applauded loudly in the 17th minute in remembrance of NUFC fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder and Newcastle fans also applauded in the 33rd minute, in recognition of the £33,000 raised by Sunderland supporters in response to the tragedy.
Speaking after the game, Sunderland AFC’s head of safety and security, Paul Weir, said: “We would like to thank our fans for their fantastic cooperation.
“The bus convoy got to and from St James’ Park swiftly and safely and everyone was in great spirits - especially of course after the game.”
Northumbria Police Operations Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, said: “The Tyne Wear derby was celebrated for the fantastic sporting occasion that it is.
“I would like to praise supporters from both clubs – they worked well with officers on the ground, were extremely patient and good natured and treated the day in the best spirit.”