Early start for Tyne-Wear derby

Newcastle’s derby clash with Sunderland at St James’ Park next month has been brought forward following a request from police.

The televised Barclays Premier League match was initially due to kick off at 4pm on Sunday October 31, however it will now start at 1.30pm on the same day.

A Newcastle club statement said: “This change of kick-off time has been made by the Premier League at the request of Northumbria Police.”

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