Sunderland backlash at official FA Cup announcement ahead of Newcastle United clash

Sunderland v Newcastle United is almost upon us. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Sunderland v Newcastle United is almost upon us. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Sunderland v Newcastle United is almost upon us. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The Tyne-Wear, or is it the Wear-Tyne derby (?) returns this weekend as Sunderland host Newcastle United.

Sunderland and Newcastle United renew their bitter rivalry at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon as the two teams meet in the FA Cup third round (kick-off 12:45pm).

It's the first derby for almost eight years with the two clubs going on very contrasting journeys since the 1-1 draw at St James' Park in March 2016.

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Newcastle have been relegated to the Championship, won promotion back to the Premier League and qualified for the Champions League, and in the last two years been under new ownership.

Sunderland v Newcastle United is almost upon us. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Sunderland v Newcastle United is almost upon us. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Sunderland v Newcastle United is almost upon us. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Meanwhile, the Black Cats have suffered back-to-back relegations to League One, where they spent four seasons before being promoted back to the Championship in 2022.

There is a huge sense of anticipation, excitement and nerves, and the FA Cup's official X account has begun its build-up by looking back at some of the most iconic derbies in recent memory.

The post was accompanied by pictures of former Newcastle players Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Aaron Hughes, and former Sunderland strikers Darren Bent, Naill Quinn and Kevin Phillips.

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However, their post received some backlash from Sunderland fans after the derby was referred to as "Tyne-Wear" rather than "Wear-Derby".

"This is Wear-Tyne derby, not Tyne-Wear," one wrote. Another user said: "Wear Tyne. Get it right" while another added: "Wear Tyne. Such a schoolboy error."

Indeed, some Newcastle supporters laughed at the responses as one said: "Tyne being first has trigged them in the replies."

The Magpies haven't won on Wearside since August 2011 when Ryan Taylor's free-kick sealed a 1-0 win. Sunderland are unbeaten in nine derby matches having one just one in 16 before that.

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