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27 Reasons Why Newcastle Is Better Than Sunderland

Sorry Mackems, but it's true.

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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%.

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.

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.

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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