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SAFC fans can watch derby at Stadium of Light

Stadium of Light Credit: ITV

Sunderland AFC supporters can watch the weekend Tyne-Wear derby on home turf – even though their team is playing away.

The Stadium of Light doors will open to fans on December 21 for fans who are unable to make the trip to see the Black Cats battle the Magpies at Newcastle’s St James’ Park - but who still what a stadium atmosphere.

“The Black Cats’ clash with NUFC is always one of the most anticipated games of the season"

– Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director at SAFC


Newcastle to take on Tottenham in League Cup clash

Alan Pardew's men will face Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham side in the League Cup tonight. Credit: PA

Newcastle are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup this evening in their first of two big fixtures this week.

They travel to London to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane. A win would give them a place in the semi-final and a boost before the Tyne-Wear derby this weekend.

Sir Chris Hoy in Newcastle for sports conference

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Cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy is in Newcastle to take part in a leading international sports conference.

Sir Chris Hoy, the most successful Olympic cyclist of all time, will be at Northumbria as part of the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference 2014.

Haile Gebrselassie, the world's greatest ever distance runner, will also be in attendance.

The conference brings together leading academics and researchers to present the latest evidence into the effects of diet and exercise on health and performance. It is being hosted at Northumbria for the third time since 2012.

This is the world's only international conference covering both sport and nutrition and so it's a great coup for Northumbria - not only to be asked to host it for the third time, but also for the fact that it brings some of the leading names in sport, exercise and nutrition research to our campus. The fact that both Sir Chris Hoy and Haile Gebrselassie have confirmed their attendance is testament to the impact of the research we are all undertaking and its importance for elite athletes."

– Dr Emma Stevenson, Northumbria University


Saturday's football results

Good start: Patrick Bamford scored for Middlesbrough after just six minutes. Credit: PA
Job done: Grant Leadbitter put the game beyond Derby's reach with a second-half penalty. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are joint top of the Championship table, along with Bournemouth, after beating title rivals Derby 2-0 at the Riverside.

Patrick Bamford scored after just six minutes and Grant Leadbitter finished the job with a second half penalty.

Meanwhile, Sunderland earned a 1-1 draw against in-form West Ham. That leaves the Black Cats 15th in the Premier League table.

In League Two, Hartlepool lost 4-0 away at Burton and York lost 3-2 at home to Wimbledon.

You can see more on all the day's action here.

Alan Pardew named Manager of the Month

Alan Pardew Credit: PA

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been named the Premier League manager of the month for November after guiding his team to victories against Liverpool, West Brom and QPR.

Pardew beat out Manuel Pellegrini, Sean Dyche and Jose Mourinho to claim the Barclays Manger of the Month award.

Read more on ITV Football: A dramatic turnaround in fortunes for the Magpies.

No police escort for Sunderland fans

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Sunderland fans arriving in Newcastle for the derby next weekend (December 21) will not be escorted by police.

In previous years the away fans were surrounded by officers on their way to St James Park. But this year they will be able to mix with home fans.

The fixture falls on the last weekend before Christmas, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

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