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Close up North - Two Tribes

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Close up North - two tribes

BBC documentary about the Tyne & Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland. It was filmed before, during and after the derby where Shearer missed that penalty and Newcastle lost 2 - 1 at St. James' Park.

Sunderland and Newcastle fans agree on only two things. One, the Smogs don’t count, and two, this is the biggest derby in the country. Close up North’s “Two Tribes” programme, which went behind the scenes of football’s biggest fixture, superbly demonstrated this to anyone who disagrees. The BBC’s cameras travelled to Sid James’s Park to gather the opinions of both sets of fans, before, during and after what turned out to be a historic day for SAFC.

The Tyne and Wear derby is a local derby between the association football clubs Newcastle United and Sunderland. The derby is an inter-city rivalry in North East England with the two cities of Newcastle and Sunderland just ten miles apart. The first meeting of the two sides took place in 1883, with the first competitive fixture being an 1888 FA Cup tie, which Sunderland won 2–1.

The history of the Tyne and Wear derby is a modern day extension of a rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland that dates back to the English Civil War when protestations over advantages that merchants in Royalist Newcastle had over their Wearside counterparts led to Sunderland becoming a Parliamentarian stronghold.

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