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Calls for former Sunderland training ground to be used by local teams

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There are calls for Sunderland Football Club to allow its former training ground, the Charlie Hurley Centre, to be used for grass roots teams.

The centre has been closed since the Black Cats moved to the Academy of Light on South Tyneside 13 years ago.

Peter Curtis, from North East Sport, says the site should be used by local children.

It's just sitting here wasting away. I know, and there are lots of other clubs within the North East that are really struggling for facilities. This was a great facility named in honour of Charlie Hurley and it has just been left to ruin.

– Peter Curtis, North East Sport

Police praise fans after Tyne-Wear derby

Northumbria Police have thanked Newcastle and Sunderland fans who cheered their teams on in the Tyne-Wear derby.

They say only 20 arrests were made, from a crowd of more than 50,000.

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The arrests were made for offences including being drunk and disorderly, breach of the peace, throwing missiles, encroaching on a football pitch, being drunk in a football ground, assault, obstructing police and other public order offences.

I want to praise football fans who attended the Tyne-Wear derby today and behaved impeccably at what was a very tense occasion.

We understand how important this fixture is to the people of this region and we recognised our policing plan needed to reflect that.

That plan saw us work closely with partners and I want to thank them personally for all their efforts in making this operation such a success.

There was a highly visible policing presence in the city which enabled us to minimise the impact on visitors to the city keeping match-related disruption to a minimum.

But both sets of fans showed that they can enjoy the passion of this game without the poison that has blighted some of the past meetings between our two clubs."

– Chief Superintendent Steve Neill

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Full time: Newcastle 1 - 1 Sunderland

Sunderland's Jermaine Defoe Credit: PA

The Tyne-Wear derby is off to a lively start, with Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe firing an early chance over the bar after three minutes.

Five minutes later Aleksandar Mitrovic had Newcastle's first effort, smashing the ball over after Andros Townsend's cross.

Sunderland turned the pressure back on Newcastle immediately though, Rob Elliot tipping over Jack Rodwell's powerful header.

If the early stages of the match are anything to go by, Newcastle could find some joy down the wings today. Andros Townsend causes havoc again, sending a cross to the back post, which Moussa Sissoko scuffs wide under pressure.

Both teams are showing a real sense of urgency, but Jack Colback needs to be careful - he's booked for a foul on Borini, and that means he'll miss the next two games.

His team are looking dangerous though, Jermaine Defoe lashes a fierce effort, which skims the side netting.

As we approach the 20-minute mark the game remains very open, Mannone fumbling a long shot, before Khazri sends in a low cross that just evades Defoe's boot.

While the game is still being played at a high tempo, the pace has dropped off a bit since the opening 20 minutes.

But here's a chance for Newcastle - Shelvey stands over a free kick just outside the box, but sends a low shot spinning just past the post.

Khazri then has a free kick for Sunderland - about five yards further out. Again, he sends it wide of the post.

GOAL - Elliot parries out Borini's fierce shot, but danger man Jermaine Defoe volleys in the rebound - clinical. Sunderland take the lead on the stroke of half time.

So - a frantic first half of football finishes with what could be a £100 million goal for Sunderland.

The players are back out for the second half, and within minutes of the restart Newcastle almost equalise.

Mannone misses a corner, Perez steers it goalwards and it's cleared off the line by M'Vila.

With half an hour to go Sunderland could have made things an awful lot tougher for Newcastle. Van Aanholt smashes in a strike from a tight angle and Rob Elliot somehow gets a strong hand to it, keeping them just one nil down.

Jack Colback, on a yellow card, makes way for Siem De Jong as Benitez looks to shake things up for Newcastle.

Ten minutes to go, and Sunderland have done well to limit Newcastle's chances. A frantic first half has kept the pace, but become somewhat scrappy.

GOAL - Newcastle are level. Mitrovic climbs high above Yedlin to head into the bottom corner, then tears his shirt off to celebrate in front of the fans. He gets a booking, but that won't bother him one bit.

Four minutes of added time, and there's a buzz around the ground. Newcastle are coming forwards in numbers, trying to take all three points.

Oh dear. In the 94th minute a Newcastle defender takes an extra touch at the back and Borini almost gets to it, but the ball runs through to Elliot.

That's it. The game finishes 1 - 1, with both sides remaining in the relegation zone.

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