This week’s Echo column comes from Craig Clark.
AFTER back-to-back wins – unthinkable a few weeks ago – Sunderland suddenly look capable of saving their Premier League status once again.
Indeed, the current Premier League table and the final-day fixtures on the horizon have a familiar feel to them.
On the final day of the season in 2008/09, Sunderland, Newcastle United and Hull City were left to duke it out in an attempt to avoid the filling third and final relegation spot. Sunderland faced Chelsea at home, Hull took on Manchester United at the KC Stadium, while Newcastle travelled to Villa Park.
On a memorable afternoon for Sunderland and Hull supporters, all three teams lost and Newcastle United dropped to the Championship.
Phil Brown sang on the pitch after his side lost 1-0 to the champions, leaving the football world to watch and cringe, while Newcastle fans embarrassed themselves with an array of bed sheets and banners proclaiming their doom. We celebrated a defeat as if we’d just won the league.
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