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Top five: Tyne-Wear Premier League derbies (1)

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Newcastle versus Sunderland. Perhaps not the most glamorous of Premier League derbies, but it's arguably the most fiercely fought contest between local rivals to take place all season.

It's a special occasion twice a year to fans of clubs who have not enjoyed any success with trophies in recent times. For them, local bragging rights mean absolutely everything.

Off the pitch there is a heated history in recent years - with a high amount of arrests often being made before and after these clashes - there were 160 of them in connection with a game in 2001. In 2011 a Black Cats fan even ran onto the pitch and pushed over Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper.

The bad blood between these clubs was possibly made clearest, however, when a section of Newcastle fans rioted in the streets after their dismay of being beaten 3-0 by their rivals. One fan even went to the lengths of punching a police horse.

Despite not being an A-list Premier League fixture, it's always one of the tastiest clashes of the season - a must-have for Sky Sports at every opportunity. 

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