Sunderland ended their season with a predictable defeat at home to FA Cup finalists Chelsea, but it was events in Birmingham that made the roof come off at the Stadium of Light.
With the final whistle blown, Sunderland fans waited anxiously for confirmation that Aston Villa had beaten Newcastle United to send them down to the Championship. As news filtered through that Newcastle had been relegated, the stadium erupted and Wearside has been celebrating the demise of their neighbours since.
The way Newcastle has been run, it's no surprise that they find themselves in such a mess and the fact that Alan Shearer took them down makes it even more special to Sunderland fans. A banner at Villa Park aimed at the Geordies travelling fans summed it up perfectly: 'Who's your next Messiah - Ant or Dec?'.
Events at St James' Park this season have been chaotic and embarrassing with Sunderland fans revelling in the regular acts of boardroom mismanagement from the 'Cockney Mafia', extortionate transfer fees on foreign mercenaries, managerial merry-go-rounds and fan 'boycotts' with one shoe in the air.
As a Sunderland fan, it couldn't have been more apt that Alan Shearer presided over Newcastle's relegation. With one Messiah, Kevin Keegan, already sick of the circus in Newcastle (he returned to his own circus in Glasgow - no, seriously, he did), their chairman, Mike Ashley, tried winning back the Geordie Nation by giving them their next Messiah in Shearer. It's no surprise that Monty Python's Life of Brian is considered a religious documentary in Tyneside.
I've been asked if I'll miss the derbies next season but I can't say I enjoy them. It was great to beat Newcastle 2-1 at home last year but the sense of dread if we're beaten is too much to take and something I'll happily live without for a season, hopefully longer.
With a wage bill that eats up all of their income, there's the possibility of Newcastle 'doing a Leeds'. They'll need a fire-sale of players in the summer to reduce their wages and a new squad will need to be assembled. I can't see that happening but the Championship is a difficult league to get out of, Norwich, Charlton and Southampton are testament to that.
After the Magpies revelry in our relegations of 2003 and 2006 when they arrived at the Stadium of Light with 'Let's all laugh at Sunderland' banners, their relegation should teach their supporters some humility. However, I suspect a lot of their fans will still say that next season's target is Champions League.
Bye bye Newcastle United. Enjoy your trips to Peterborough, Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers next season.
We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I'll know we'll meet again some sunny day...