By Danny Coggins
Saturday 30 Oct 2010 11:08:00
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Steve Bruce and his team of horrors are certainly in for (trick or) treat this coming Halloween. With Newcastle trying to show the form which gave them good victories away from home, and Sunderland trying vice-versa, this one has all the makings of a Tyne-Wear classic. With only one point, and two places separating us, the game is being billed as one of the closest for years. With both clubs having off-field problems, attention is firmly fixed on the St James' Park turf this Sunday afternoon. Growing up in Wallsend Steve Bruce was a diehard toon fan that would later disgrace his family and friends by twice turning down the chance to become manager at his 'beloved' Newcastle and then later committing the ultimate sin and becoming manager of the unwashed 20 minutes down the road. The eyes of the nation will be on the Geordie cathedral, St James' Park, with the game being beamed live on sky sports, and the pressure is on both teams to pull off the result.

The atmosphere will certainly be electric and saying Messrs Bramble, Cattermole, Bent and Richardson (along with 7 others) are being lined up for a frosty reception is a certain understatement. As much as the Sunderland community state their hatred for Newcastle as a place and as a football team, they cannot help themselves using our facilities, travelling via our airport and our train station as their trains go no further than Durham. Another thing that always crosses mind is how those lot down the road know what their weather will be like from the telly, as Newcastle is the place the BBC choose to represent the north east, then again, they should be used to living in the shadows of our great CITY. City being the operative word, due to their lack of cathedral. And what about that copy cat bridge...

This game should see the return of a Master Tight Arse Shambles. A man who failed to see the irony the rest of us saw when he took advantage of slack cover around the back. After being arrested on suspicion of rape, Titus Bramble has decided to defend himself in court. If it's anything like his football, he's up for a struggle. Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole is also up for a tough game when someone stands up to the thug in the shape of Joey Barton. This clash is one of the most intriguing we have witnessed at St James’ this season so far. Along with Carroll v Bramble and Bent v Colo, the battles on the pitch will be very interesting indeed...
To add to the spectacle local band The Longsands will be singing the Geordie national anthem The Blaydon Races in front of 52,000 to get the Geordie nation roaring.
Keep the faith....Howay the lads

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