Top ten Tyne-Wear
Sky Sports looks back at ten memorable matches between Sunderland and Newcastle.
Last Updated: 19/10/12 4:09pm
Sunderland and Newcastle will renew one of the great rivalries in the English game when they meet at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
It is a huge fixture for the supporters whenever they play as local bragging rights are at stake as well as crucial points.
They have provided some great encounters through the years, with both teams experiencing the joy of victory and the despair of defeat.
Here, Sky Sports recalls ten of the most memorable matches.
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 4 (February 24, 1979)
The day that Gary Rowell wrote his name into Sunderland folklore, as the local boy scored a hat-trick and Newcastle were given a hiding on their home turf. Rowell set the Black Cats, managed at the time by Billy Elliott, on their way to success with two goals before John Connolly reduced Newcastle's arrears. It looked like a close finish could be in store but Rowell fired in a third from the penalty spot and Wayne Entwhistle added a fourth to complete a miserable day for the Magpies.
Newcastle 3 Sunderland 1 (January 1, 1985)
Sunderland fans must have been sick of 1985 just a day into the new year after this derby defeat, when Peter Beardsley repeated what Rowell had previously done for Sunderland by netting a hat-trick. Already a hero with his hometown club, Beardsley enjoyed one of the best days of his career as he opened the scoring with a long-range effort and then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot. A Colin West goal gave the visitors hope but Beardsley hit back to seal his treble and Sunderland's frustration boiled over as both Howard Gayle and Gary Bennett were sent off.
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2 (May 16, 1990)
Fighting for promotion from the old Second Division, the North East rivals were pitted against each other in a play-off semi-final. The first leg failed to live up to the hype surrounding the build-up to the tie as the teams played out a goalless draw, but the next match produced plenty of drama as Sunderland ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Eric Gates and Marco Gabbiadini. Some Newcastle fans invaded the pitch to try and get the match abandoned, but the Black Cats clinched victory and took their place at Wembley.
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 2 (August 25, 1999)
Derby victories are always celebrated but this is one game that Sunderland remain particularly proud of, as it spelt the end of Ruud Gullit's stint in charge of Newcastle. The Dutchman certainly played a part in his own downfall, though, after taking the brave decision to leave talismanic leader Alan Shearer out of his side. The risk backfired spectacularly, as Niall Quinn cancelled out Kieron Dyer's opener and Kevin Phillips then netted a dramatic winner.
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 2 (November 18, 2000)
One season on from their 2-1 success at St James' Park and Sunderland repeated the trick in another memorable Tyne-Wear derby. Again it was the Magpies who took the lead, this time through Gary Speed, but Don Hutchison equalised and Niall Quinn then headed Sunderland in front. On this occasion it looked like Newcastle would salvage a point when they won a late penalty and Alan Shearer stepped up, but Thomas Sorensen pulled off a superb save to win the match for the Black Cats.
Newcastle 3 Sunderland 2 (October 23, 2005)
The first of two thrilling encounters in 2005/6, as Newcastle edged a five-goal classic at home. Four of those goals arrived in the space of seven minutes towards the end of the first half as Sunderland twice pegged back their rivals thanks to fine strikes from Liam Lawrence and Stephen Elliott. The width of the crossbar and a brilliant Shay Given save prevented Elliott from scoring again, and it was left to Turkish midfielder Emre to have the final say as he curled home a sumptuous free kick.
Sunderland 1 Newcastle 4 (April 17, 2006)
Sunderland looked to be on course for a home win when Justin Hoyte grabbed the opening goal of this contest just after the half-hour mark, only for Newcastle to storm back and take the spoils. A Steven Caldwell lapse presented Michael Chopra with an easy chance to level and Alan Shearer then fired Newcastle ahead from the penalty spot after Charles N'Zogbia had been brought down by Hoyte. N'Zogbia's fine solo effort made it 3-1 and it was clearly Newcastle's day as even Albert Luque managed to get on the score sheet before the final whistle.
Sunderland 2 Newcastle 1 (October 25, 2008)
Sunderland had gone 28 years without a home win over Newcastle when they welcomed their rivals to the Stadium of Light, and the Wearside faithful were understandably desperate to see the hoodoo come to an end. There was nothing to separate the sides after Djibril Cisse's instinctive opener and Shola Ameobi's powerful header in the first half, but then came the decisive moment after Nicky Butt fouled El Hadji Diouf right on the edge of the area. Kieran Richardson took on free-kick duties and blasted an unstoppable strike into the top corner to spark jubilant scenes.
Newcastle 5 Sunderland 1 (October 31, 2010)
Newcastle gave their fans a treat on Halloween 2010 as Sunderland suffered a nightmare afternoon. Kevin Nolan was the star of the show with a hat-trick and it was the midfielder who set the ball rolling with an improvised overhead kick. Nolan showed good composure to tuck in a second and Shola Ameobi kept up his fine derby record with a penalty on the stroke of half-time, before the Black Cats' hopes of mounting a comeback were effectively extinguished when former Newcastle player Titus Bramble was sent off for a foul on Andy Carroll. Ameobi smashed in a volley and Nolan completed his treble, while Darren Bent's late goal was scant consolation.
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 (March 4, 2012)
The most recent match between the sides was a typically tempestuous affair, with both clubs given misconduct charges by the Football Association for failing to ensure their players behaved appropriately. There was a mass melee following James McClean's challenge on Danny Simpson and further flashpoints later in the game, with Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Cattemole both given red cards. Football-wise, it was again homegrown hero Shola Ameobi who excelled for Newcastle as he grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser after Demba Ba's miss from the penalty spot appeared set to give the Black Cats revenge for defeat at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season. Nicklas Bendtner's first-half penalty had given the visitors the lead.