Sunderland and Newcastle United supporters have been incensed by footage of a so-called Newcastle United fan urinating on the statue of Bob Stokoe outside the Stadium of Light.
After urinating on the statue of Sunderland hero Bob Stokoe, a so-called Newcastle United supporter has sparked widespread outrage.
The nasty behavior was captured on video and uploaded on social media, with the Magpies “supporter’ happily standing in his away shirt in broad daylight. The guilty person is urged by the photographer to ‘show them what you’re made of,’ and then walks away to chants of ‘we hate Sunderland.’
Fans were understandably furious after seeing footage of the incident – and some took to social media to make their feelings clear. One wrote on Twitter: “Absolute scum.” Another added: “I’ve seen some rancid behaviour on social media, but urinating on statue of Bob Stokoe (a man who won trophies with Newcastle as well as Sunderland) is possibly the worst yet.”
The 25-second video was first released on TikTok, but when it was shared more widely on Twitter, it sparked outrage from both sets of fans. Although Stokoe’s memorial is located outside the Stadium of Light, he is one of the few football figures who is honored on both Tyneside and Wearside.
Stokoe spent practically his entire playing career with Newcastle United, making 261 games in the black-and-white. Before finishing his career with Bury, the centre-back helped Doug Livingstone’s side win the FA Cup in 1955.
Stokoe went on to forge an impressive managerial career spanning three decades, including two stints at rivals Sunderland. It was during his first four-year spell at Roker Park that he guided the Black Cats to the FA Cup in 1973, and secured promotion from the Second Division in the 1975-76 season.
In July 2006, Stokoe’s bronze statue was unveiled outside Sunderland’s new stadium, honoring ‘the man,’ ‘the messiah,’ and ‘the event.’ ‘I didn’t bring the magic,’ says the pedestal below, inscribed with Stokoe’s own quotes from May 1973. It’s been here for a long time… I just returned to find it’.
Before retiring from football, Stokoe coached Blackpool, Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, and Rochdale before returning to Sunderland for a brief caretaker spell. In February 2004, at the age of 73, the former manager and player passed away.
Newcastle United, Northumbria Police and Sunderland have all been contacted for comment.
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