The North East: Still a hotbed of football?

By Callum McFadden – @FootballCFB

This article was inspired by Tony Sharkey and the Football Transfer Forum. Follow them on twitter @TransferForum5 and on LinkedIn here – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonysharkey1

There is no doubting the passion that football fans have in the north east when it comes to their clubs. However, I’d like to take a step back and look at where the clubs in the area were 10 years ago compared to now.


Darlington – Bottom League 2 / 11th National League North


Gateshead – 20th National league / 8th National League North


Hartlepool Utd – 20th League 1 / 9th National League


Middlesbrough – 11th Championship / 17th Championship


Newcastle Utd – 1st Championship / 13th Premier League


Sunderland – 13th Premier League / 8th League 1

Only Newcastle Utd have improved their position whilst Darlington, Hartlepool Utd and Sunderland have drastically declined.

Indeed with all the takeover talk swirling around St James’ Park, for me it is Sunderland AFC that are in desperate need of a takeover. Their fall from grace, ironically filmed in front of a netflix audience, has been a sobering tale of how to not to run a football club.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder, @backonside ambassador. Freelance football writer & broadcaster - Enquiries: footballcfb@gmail.com

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