Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread - Van Persieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Personally speaking I don't see what Sunderland fans did that any other fans wouldn't have done in the exact same situation. I mean I appreciate why United fans at the time would be pissed off, losing the title on the last day of the season to your local and most personal rivals would hurt enough without some Mackems taunting you across the divide.
That being said its banter and English football is based on taunting and winding up the opposition. You get this in North/South games, Welsh teams vs English teams, Premier League teams vs lower league opponents in the cups etc. I mean United fans were joining in chants with Hull fans on the last day of the 08/09 season and taking great pleasure in Newcastle being relegated. Villa fans despite having no real personal rivalry where doing their best to taunt and ridicule the Geordies on the last day and took great delight in sending them down.
That being said Sunderland fans do notoriously have a weird obsession with 'getting one over' on United fans. They're one of the few teams to have sang You'll Never Walk Alone at Old Trafford to try and get a stir out of United fans. Personally speaking I've never found the wit in singing another teams' anthem, especially given Sunderland will heckle and abuse Liverpool fans whenever they play them in a season, so it comes off rather cringey.
United fans would have done the exact same though if Sunderland were relegated on the last day by virtue of another result.