Surreptitious, coded football
from North East England. Can either mean 'Fuck the Mags (or Magpies)!' - this being
the traditional and original definition as used
by the supporters of Sunderland Association Football
Club - or alternatively 'Fuck the Mackems!' as bastardised by the supporters of Newcastle United Football
'Magpies' is a geordie
colloquialism for NUFC who play in black
and white shirts. 'Mackems' was formerly a derogatory term for the folk
from Sunderland as coined by the people
of Newcastle, who, jealous of Sunderland's prowess in the noble art of shipbuilding, would say, 'They mak' em and we tak' em!' (ie, the ships). Today, however, the citizens of Sunderland are proud to be associated with the word Mackem and the connotations of its heritage.
Unless you live in the North East of England, you cannot imagine the fierce
rivalry between the two cities of Sunderland and Newcastle despite
their being separated by only a few short miles. This burning hatred
of each other has endured for many
centuries and will no doubt
continue for many
See also Mackem and Magpie
Supporter 1: FTM, our boy.
Supporter 2: Aye FTM, young un.