Slightly off topic but Its funny how things stay with you from when you were a kid. I remember one summer holidays early 90's me and my mates, about 6 of us from Whitley Bay who were all about 13/14 at the time went to that 5-a side place in Gateshead 'The Pitz' I think it was called, for a tournament. Anyway long story short, the journey home on the Metro was like something out of the film 'The Warriors!'
We got chased from the Metty at pretty much every station, Byker, Walker, Wallsend, Howdon, Percy Main, The Ridges, Shields, f*** me man it was mental; the windows even got put out of the train at Percy Main man ffs, We pretty much all made it home with bumps and bruises and missing various items of clothing (Lost me new NUFC cap ) and one of me mates got his jeans set alight! Haha it was s*** scary in all honesty!
The Metro was a terrifying place for a young teenage male to be in the early to mid 90's from my experience!
We used to get chased wherever we went, mind we were never troublemakers oursevles, but there was an element of excitement about going into another area and getting chased or maybe even doing some of the chasing yourself. We rarely got the s*** kicked out us though or dished it out.
It was always:
Them "where yeez from like"
Them "get them"
Happy days to be honest.
Agree with you about the Metro, and even today it can be menacing, especially at night time.
I always used to hate Gateshead as a kid, it was never safe as an outsider and today it can still feel like that if you're in certain parts and are obviously not from there.
mackemland is the worst though. Even as an adult I've had to leave an area due to my accent.