27 Reasons Why Newcastle Is Better Than Sunderland

Sorry Mackems, but it’s true.

1. Let’s start with our city centres, shall we?

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High Street West, Sunderland.

Grey Street, Newcastle (voted the finest in Britain, don’t you know).

2. In terms of fine local food and drink, you just can’t compete, Sunderland.

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The best-selling imported beer in America. The fact they’ve even heard of Newcastle in America is another difference between the two cities.

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Greggs the bakers first opened in Gosforth, 1951. Today, there are more of them around the country than there are branches of McDonald’s.

3. Believe it or not, more people are overweight on Wearside too.

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According to statistics reported in 2014, 68.90% of the city’s population are overweight or obese. In Newcastle, it’s a trim 60.30%.

4. And Sunderland is colder than Newcastle, too.

No, not by much. But it still counts.

5. When we built the glorious Millennium Bridge, you got excited and tried to come up with one of your own.

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It was going to be dead tall – the tallest in England!

But last year, Sunderland City Council confirmed they were scrapping the idea in favour of a “simplified cable-stayed design.” Oh well.

6. Yes, we’re going to have to talk about football.

Despite the anomaly of your recent derby match run, the all-time Premier League table doesn’t lie. You’re battling the drop while we’re pushing for Europe.

7. We could bang on about stadium size, trophy hauls or your tendency to get relegated every other year, but it might be simpler to point this out:

In case you’re wondering, Shola has fifteen, Sunderland has five. That’s our third choice striker, by the way.

8. In terms of famous sons and daughters, we’ve got the most popular TV presenters in the country.

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9. And the most beautiful woman alive.

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According to FHM and L’Oréal, anyway.

10. While you’ve got, er, Bryan Ferry.

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He was pretty big in 1985.

11. According to UCAS, Newcastle has the 20th best university in the country.

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12. Sunderland Uni? 108th.

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13. Newcastle has inspired many iconic films and TV programmes over the years - like Get Carter.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios

14. Purely Belter.


15. Billy Elliot.

BBC Films

Partly filmed in Newcastle.

16. And the epoch-defining Byker Grove.


17. Sunderland? They filmed an episode of Come Dine With Me there once.

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18. Newcaste’s nightlife, of course, is the stuff of legend, voted Great Britain’s number 1 tourist attraction by The Rough Guide.




It says so here.

19. Rated Europe’s third best nightlife destination by Tripadvisor, after London and Berlin.

And placed seventh in the World category. Yup.

20. A feast of bars, pubs and clubs that entice visitors from all over the world.

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Oh yeah.

21. Sunderland, on the other hand… well, the off-licenses do some good deals.

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Unit 4, 6 St. Thomas Street, Sunderland.

22. But the real reason the rest of the world regards Newcastle with such affection is the Geordies themselves – voted the friendliest people in the country in 2005.

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23. Mind you, with all this to enjoy, why wouldn’t we have a smile on our faces?

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Newcastle’s Monument, looking down Dean Street (left) and Grainger Street (right).

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Leazes Park, Newcastle.

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The Quayside, Newcastle.

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Jesmond Dene, Newcastle.

27. Sorry, Sunderland.

You’re a fine Northern city, but you’ll always be second best to the Toon.

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