The Football Supporters Association has joined Northumbria Police in praising the conduct of fans attending the Tyne-Wear derby. The Police themselves have also been credited with their part in the smooth and friendly running of the day.
In a statement on their website, backed by A Love Supreme, Newcastle United Supporters' Trust, nufc.com, NUFC Fans United, Ready To Go, Roker Report, Seventy3, #time4change, The Mag, True Faith, and Wise Men Say, the FSF said:
In the build-up to the Tyne-Wear derby fans from both sides got together to try and make this fixture 'A Derby To Be Proud Of'.
Post-game feedback from both individual fans and the fans' groups/fanzines who backed the campaign has been positive.
As Northumbria Police acknowledged the vast majority of fans were good-natured, patient, and well behaved.
The match-going fans we've spoken to also praised the police for their approach calling it fair and proportionate.
This shows the benefits of fan engagement and fans from both sides hope to develop that in future seasons.
It really was a great first step in reclaiming the perception of our derby, and vitally important that everyone took the step together.