Tyne-Wear Derby Statistics - An Exercise in Objectivity

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Shola Ameobi of Newcastle United celebrates at full-time following the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on August 20, 2011 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

In the build-up to the Tyne-Wear Derby, there's a lot of back and forth between supporters of both Newcastle United and Sunderland, as you might expect. A lot of it is in good fun and some of it is overly serious, but little of it is rooted in fact. This post will deal in fact, with no editorializing, though that is certainly welcome in the comments section. I've compiled several statistics that should help you if you find yourself in an argument with a mackem, because the only thing worse than an SMB attempting to take the moral high ground is an SMB hopelessly trying to argue that Sunderland are objectively a better club. That couldn't be further from the truth. Statistics won't tell the whole truth in football, but they will paint us a picture, and the picture these stats paint is very black and white indeed.

Below are several statistical facts that prove the superiority of Newcastle United, and lest you think I'm guilty of selection bias, I've placed the few that favor Sunderland first (here's a hint: There aren't very many of them, and most of the events referenced happened over a century ago). Additionally, if you are aware of any stats that I've missed, please let me know in the comments section or on Twitter (@ComingHomeNUFC) and I'll add them in, as long as they are objective and provable (and preferably, interesting). I think you'll find that the end result is really quite comical. We're having fun here, no?

Largest Derby Win for Sunderland: 9-1 (December 5, 1908)

Largest Derby Win for Newcastle: 6-1 (October 9, 1920, and December 26, 1955)

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Highest Goal Differential in Any League for Newcastle: +56 (1992-93, Division One)

Highest Goal Differential in Any League for Sunderland: +64 (1892-93, Division One)

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Highest Point Total in Any League for Newcastle: 102 (2009-10, Football League Championship)

Highest Point Total in Any League for Sunderland: 105 (1998-99, Division One)

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Overall Tyne-Wear Derby Record (including cup play and league playoffs): Newcastle 53 wins, Sunderland 46 wins, 47 draws

Derby Record (cup play only): Sunderland 5 wins, Newcastle 2 wins, 6 draws

Derby Record (league play only): Newcastle 51 wins, Sunderland 41 wins, 41 draws

Derby Record (Premier League play only): Newcastle 9 wins, Sunderland 3 wins, 7 draws

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Derby Doubles for Newcastle: 9 (most recently 2005-06)

Derby Doubles for Sunderland: 6 (most recently 1966-67)

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Last time Sunderland failed to score in the Tyne-Wear Derby: August 20, 2011

Last time Newcastle failed to score in the Tyne-Wear Derby: May 16, 1990. In the intervening period, Sunderland has failed to score in derby matches 7 times.

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Premier League Record as of 2010-11 for Newcastle (17 seasons): 258-278-218, GD: +106, Avg Pts: 56

Premier League Record as of 2010-11 for Sunderland (10 seasons): 101-92-187, GD: -183 (worst all-time), Avg Pts: 39.5

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Times Newcastle has finished above Sunderland in the Premier League: 5

Times Sunderland has finished above Newcastle in the Premier League: 4

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Times Newcastle has been relegated from the Premier League: 1

Times Sunderland has been relegated from the Premier League: 3

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Lowest Point Total in the Premier League for Newcastle: 34 (2008-09)

Lowest Point Total in the Premier League for Sunderland: 15 (2005-06)

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Highest Point Total in the Premier League for Newcastle: 78 (1995-96)

Highest Point Total in the Premier League for Sunderland: 58 (1999-2000)

Times Newcastle Has Finished with 58 or More Points: 6

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Highest Goal Differential in the Premier League for Newcastle: +41 (1993-94)

Highest Goal Differential in the Premier League for Sunderland: +5 (2000-01)

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Lowest Goal Differential in the Premier League for Newcastle: -20 (2007-08)

Lowest Goal Differential in the Premier League for Sunderland: -44 (2002-03)

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Times Newcastle has been relegated from any league: 5

Times Sunderland has been relegated from any league: 10

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Lowest Point Total in Any League for Newcastle: 22 (1977-78 [2 pts/win], Division One, 42 Games Played, 0.524 PPG)

Lowest Point Total in Any League for Sunderland: 15 (2005-06 [3 pts/win], Premier League, 38 Games Played, 0.395 PPG)

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Lowest Goal Differential in Any League for Newcastle: -42 (1966-67, Division One)

Lowest Goal Differential in Any League for Sunderland: -44 (2002-03, Premier League)

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Premier League Records Held by Newcastle

Most Draws in a Season: 17 (2003-04, tied with 2006-07 Aston Villa)

Most Away Draws in a Season: 12 (2003-04)

Largest Goal Deficit Overcome to Draw: 4 (February 5, 2011, vs. Arsenal)

Highest Finish by a Promoted Club: 3rd (2003-04, tied with 1994-95 Nottingham Forest)

Most Career Goals by a Player: Alan Shearer, 260 (also with Blackburn Rovers)

Most Goals by a Player in a 42-game Season: Andy Cole, 34 (1993-94, tied with Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers, 1994-95)

Most Goals by a Player in a Single Game: Alan Shearer, 5 (September 19, 1999 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, tied with several others)

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Premier League Records Held by Sunderland

Fewest Home Wins in a Season: 1 (2005-06, tied with Derby County, 2007-08)

Most Losses in a Season: 29 (2005-06, tied with Ipswich Town, 1994-95 - 42 game season, and Derby County, 2007-08)

Most Home Losses in a 38-Game Season: 14 (achieved in both 2002-03 and 2005-06)

Most Consecutive Losses in a Season: 15 (2002-03)

Most Consecutive Losses over the Course of More Than 1 Season: 20 (15 in 2002-03, then 5 in 2005-06, when they next appeared in the Premier League)

Worst All-time Goal Differential: -183

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Newcastle All-Time League Record: 1728-1020-1537, GD: +751

Sunderland All-Time League Record: Not found (Help?)

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Have you ever seen a mackem in Milan?

I have never seen them in Milan, no.

- Davide Santon

Statistics found on statto, toon1892, and Wikipedia.

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