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Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Alan Pardew reacts on the touchline
Adam Johnson (right) gets a celebratory hug from John O’Shea on Sunday

Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1: Adam Johnson joy at goal that will live with him for ever

'To have scored the winner, in the last minute, in front of the Gallowgate End for Sunderland can never be taken away from me now,' he said

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet celebrates Adam Johnson's goal

Newcastle vs Sunderland: Day that Sunderland turned the derby tide

Sunderland wrested control off Newcastle in 2012 - and have not handed it back

Newcastle vs Sunderland: Jack Colback saga adds spice to 'unique' derby as North-east starts to boil

Newcastle midfielder’s provocative pose on programme’s front cover will not endear him to Sunderland fans who once sang his name as home side look to end losing run

Alan Pardew said: ‘I love the cup competitions but I’ve not really had too much joy here’

Tottenham vs Newcastle: Alan Pardew - This is our opportunity and we have to grasp it

This is by some distance the furthest Pardew has taken Newcastle in a domestic cup competition

Sunderland 1 West Ham 1: Angry Sam Allardyce accuses England of playing Stewart Downing when not fit

Jozy Altidore produced one of the misses of the season as Sam Allardyce fumed

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Alan Pardew revival has lessons for Arsene Wenger

A mix of senior players showing the way, youthful vibrancy and a bit of luck has reinvigorated Newcastle. Their opponents, Arsenal, need something similar

Newcastle’s Papiss Cissé (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal

Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1: Reality-hit Jose Mourinho scapegoats ball-boys

Chelsea's unbeaten run came to an end at St James' Park

Alan Pardew took over from the popular Chris Hughton as Newcastle United manager in 2010

Pardew survives the storms of Ashley's reign

'I've had to dig in a few times,' Pardew says as unlikely anniversary arrives

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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