Chris is a journalist based in Sheffield in the UK. He produces and presents his own radio show on Forge Radio and writes a blog about the current affairs of the Steel City and his beloved Birmingham City FC. Passionate football fan and avid rugby follower.
The latest instalment of this fiercely fought contest between two of the biggest clubs in the north-east is given a extra dimension with Martin O'Neil turning around the fortunes of Sunderland. Now the Black Cats and Newcastle are fighting for European qualification and Martin has a bit of magic about him when it comes to landmark birthdays.
A dull first half at the Riverside exploded into life when Jack Colback thundered in a wonderful volley after 42 minutes for Sunderland but Middlesbrough hit back quick after the as Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his first goal for the club. The two teams couldn’t be separated and extra time was
As Middlesbrough prepare for the replay against Sunderland in the FA Cup, not much has changed in the form of the two teams. The Black Cats, despite the minor blip against their Tees-Wear rivals, have continued their fine form under O’Neil by thrashing Norwich at home then sneaking a win
When Martin O’Neil left Aston Villa on August 9th 2010 it was because the club and its owner, Randy Leaner, were not ambitious as the Northern Irish manager. Now almost two years on, the most entertaining sideline spectacle has returned to Sunderland, a club that holds a special place in his heart. But
A cool finish from the returning Frazier Campbell spared the blushes at the Stadium of Light as a resilient Middlesbrough held the premier league side to a 1-1 draw. Barry Robson produced the only real moment of magic in the first half after 16 minutes with a crisp volley
With the media’s attention firmly fixed on the Manchester United vs. Liverpool FA cup tie, the Tees-Wear derby has slipped under the radar. But the 140th clash of Middlesbrough and Sunderland in this competition still holds huge significance for both sets of fans for very different reasons. The Black Cats