Tyne-Wear Top 10
We look at the most thrilling and important matches between Newcastle United and Sunderland in recent years ahead of Sunday's fixture between the two clubs
By David Bowers
Last Updated: 26/10/13 6:51am
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2, 14th May 1990 (Division 2 play-off semi-final second leg)
After a 0-0 draw in the first leg at Roker Park, the return leg at a sold-out St James' Park was touted as one of the biggest games in Tyne-Wear history.
The two previous meetings between the sides during the season had both finished in draws as well, and one team needed to break that record in order to progress to the play-off final at Wembley.
There was an understandably nervy opening, but the away side opened the scoring after 13 minutes through Eric Gates' goal when his neat finish evaded goalkeeper John Burridge. The result was confirmed after Marco Gabbiadini hammered home a left-footed strike to send Sunderland to Wembley, with the 'G-Force' partnership reaping rewards once again.
The Newcastle fans, however, invaded the pitch in an attempt to postpone the game and avoid a heart-breaking defeat. After a lengthy delay, the game was finally restarted and the visitors saw out the final four minutes, setting up a play-off final against Swindon.
Despite losing the final 1-0, Sunderland were still promoted to the top division when the FA demoted Swindon by two divisions after they admitted breaching 36 league rules. Despite Swindon's successful appeal, they were still demoted by a division meaning Sunderland took their place.
Sunderland 1 Newcastle 2 - 18th October 1992
The season prior to this game saw Kevin Keegan narrowly save Newcastle from relegation, and was keen to form a title challenge for the 1992/93 season.
An obstacle to avoid was Sunderland's Roker Park fortress having failed to win on Wearside in 36 years, but Newcastle were in excellent form having won 12 consecutive games under Keegan's guidance.
A victory looked inevitable for the Toon when the home side conceded through an own goal from Gary Owers, however the match was flipped on its head as Newcastle-born Gordon Armstrong came off the bench and equalised for the Wearsiders with only 20 minutes remaining.
With little over 12 minutes left, Liam O'Brien fired in a memorable free-kick that left goalkeeper Tim Carter rooted to his spot. Even today, the Republic of Ireland midfielder's name is still sung amongst the Geordie faithful.
At the end of the season, Sunderland just avoided consecutive relegations whereas Newcastle lifted the Division One title, the start of a memorable Premier League era under Keegan.
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 2 - 25th August 1999
This game was remembered for the torrential rain, Ruud Gullit's puzzling team selection and Sunderland's excellent strike force.
There were calls for the game to be called off due to the downpour at St James' Park, however Sunderland were in no mood to stop playing, despite being 1-0 down at half time thanks to a Kieron Dyer effort after 27 minutes.
There were still grumblings from the home fans though, as Gullit left star striker Alan Shearer on the bench, opting to give Paul Robinson the lone striker role.
Sunderland were in full control after the break and the inevitable equaliser came when Niall Quinn glanced Nicky Summerbee's free-kick into the far corner, and now the stage was set for an England striker to put his side into the lead.
Despite Shearer's arrival in the 73rd minute, Sunderland's Kevin Phillips scored a magnificent goal two minutes later to secure the points for the Wearside club.
Newcastle had chances to equalise, but Sunderland held on and condemned Gullit to a meeting with the Magpies board, where he was sacked days after the defeat.
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 2 - 18th November 2000
Optimism at Newcastle had grown after Bobby Robson arrived on Tyneside as Gullit's successor, where he was getting the best out of a faltering side. Regardless, Sunderland left St James' Park with another three points and a second successive win in Newcastle.
Similarly to the last meeting at St James', Newcastle led going into the first-half through a fourth-minute Gary Speed strike but were again pegged back in the second half.
Goals from Gateshead-born Don Hutchinson and another header from Niall Quinn put the Black Cats in pole position for victory.
The story of the game, however, came in the 85th minute when Newcastle were offered a chance to spare their blushes when Rob Lee was pulled down in the box by Quinn.
Unimaginably, Alan Shearer saw his penalty brilliantly saved by Thomas Sorensen sending the away fans into delirium whilst propelling the Danish keeper into Sunderland folklore.
Newcastle 3 Sunderland 2 - 23rd October 2005
The thrill of a Tyne-Wear derby was summed up by a game of strong tackling, passionate play and spectacular goals.
Both teams were in suspect form leading up to the match, with Newcastle winning two out of their opening nine fixtures, whilst Sunderland also struggled at the foot of the table picking up just four points out of a possible 27.
As both teams aimed to rectify their wobbly starts to the season, a predictably open match was played with Newcastle taking the lead three times in the derby.
A seven-minute goal frenzy saw Shola Ameobi's goal after 34 minutes quickly cancelled out by a superb Liam Lawrence strike, and when the Toon regained their lead through a Steven Caldwell own goal, a 41st minute piledriver from Stephen Elliot meant that the two sides deservedly went in level at half time at 2-2.
Midway through the second half, Turkish midfielder Emre's inch-perfect free-kick put the Magpies up again. A goal worthy of winning any match, the ex- Inter Milan star sprinted to the touchline to show his support for under-fire manager Graeme Souness.
Sunderland 1 Newcastle 4 - 17th April 2006
Three days prior to the game, Sunderland's relegation had been confirmed even after putting in one of their better performances, holding Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
It meant that the prospect of being relegated by their arch-rivals was no longer possible, but Wearside pride needed to be restored.
Newcastle had rejuvenated their season through the appointment of manager Glenn Roeder, who guided the club from the basement of the Premier League table to an eventual Intertoto Cup spot and after three successive wins, were looking to heap more misery on their rivals.
It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance from the Magpies as Sunderland took advantage of the Toon's poor first-half through Justin Hoyte's finish, giving them a deserved half-time lead.
Joy was short-lived for the Black Cats faithful, as Newcastle devastatingly scored four second-half goals to top off a miserable season for caretaker manager Kevin Ball, taking over from McCarthy who had been sacked a month before the game.
Goals from Michael Chopra, Charles N'Zogbia and Albert Luque sandwiched an Alan Shearer penalty in the 61st minute. The game proved to be the final match of the former England captain's glittering career following a hefty challenge with Sunderland's Julio Arca.
Sunderland 2 Newcastle 1 - 25th October 2008
Sunderland were aiming to win their first Tyne-Wear derby in eight years, looking to torment a Newcastle side whose fans were dismayed by the appointment of interim manager Joe Kinnear, following the departure of Kevin Keegan.
After taking the lead on the 20 minute mark through Djibril Cisse's instinctive finish, Sunderland were pegged back by an Ameobi header just 10 minutes later. However, the Black Cats started and finished the game in impressive style and were rewarded for their efforts when Kieran Richardson smashed home a free-kick from 18 yards out.
A miserable start to the season continued for Newcastle, which ultimately ended in relegation on the final day of the season.
Sunderland's first victory in the derby since 2000 was even more important than first realised, as they avoided the drop by a mere two points which forced the Toon Army to brace themselves for a year in the Championship for the first time since 1992/93.
Newcastle 5 Sunderland 1 - 31st October 2010
Newcastle were keen to reclaim the region's bragging rights after manager Chris Hughton had guided the Magpies to the Championship title, ensuring automatic promotion after just one season in the second tier.
After a relatively inconsistent start to the season which included a massive 6-0 win against Aston Villa and a home loss to fellow new-boys Blackpool, Newcastle faced a Sunderland side who began the 2010/11 season in impressive form, losing only one of their first nine games with England striker Darren Bent in fine form, netting four goals.
Form tends not to play any part in derbies and this game was no different, as Newcastle went into the half-time break 3-0 up thanks to a Kevin Nolan double and a Shola Ameobi penalty. The second half carried on in similar fashion, as Newcastle continued to dominate and eventually added a fourth thanks to a scissor-kick from Ameobi, doubling his tally in the game.
Nolan then nodded in his hat-trick with 15 minutes to go and after Bent's 90th minute consolation goal, Phil Dowd blew for the final whistle ending Sunderland's nightmare on Halloween.
Sunderland 0 Newcastle 1 - August 20th 2011
After finishing above Newcastle three months before, Sunderland were heavy favourites to beat their rivals with optimism bouncing around the Stadium of Light, especially with a Newcastle side who were adapting to life without talisman Kevin Nolan, who had joined West Ham in the summer.
It looked like the Wearsiders were going to justify their recent hype after a wave of attacks led by forwards Stephane Sessegnon and Asamoah Gyan were thwarted by the Magpies defence.
After 15 minutes, Joey Barton's header was goal-bound only to be blocked by the arm of Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson and tempers rose, with Toon midfielder Yohan Cabaye fortunate to pick up a yellow card following a dangerous challenge on Phil Bardsley.
After a goalless first-half, the game resumed with Sunderland looking less confident in their ability. Alan Pardew's side built up a head of steam, which eventually resulted in Ryan Taylor swinging a superb free-kick into Simon Mignolet's top right corner.
There were chances for both sides but after Bardsley's second yellow card in the 88th minute, a 10 man Sunderland looked unlikely to level the score.
This result was the catalyst for the Toon's marvellous season, which saw them narrowly miss out on Champions League football on the final day. For Sunderland, manager Steve Bruce endured another derby day defeat and failed to recover, losing his job just three months later.
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3 - 14th April 2013
After the surprise departure of manager Martin O'Neill, the decision to appoint manager Paolo Di Canio as his replacement looked an inspired one.
Di Canio inherited a side that had gone nine games without winning and were spiralling towards the Premier League's basement, whereas Newcastle had failed to build on their impressive finish in the 2011/12 season, with relegation worries themselves.
Di Canio's infuence was noticeable as the Black Cats were playing with passion, which had previously been missing.
The Magpies looked short on ideas and Sessegnon, who terrorised the Newcastle defence throughout, capitalised on Newcastle's poor performance by placing a pin-point 25 yard drive into the corner, causing an eruption in the away end and a celebratory sprint down the touchline from Di Canio.
Newcastle tried in vain to equalise, but were beaten again as substitute goalkeeper Rob Elliot, on for the injured Tim Krul, couldn't stop Adam Johnson's sweet curling strike hitting the net.
The game was all but over when substitute David Vaughan's outstanding strike whistled past a helpless Elliot, securing Sunderland's first win at St James' Park in 13 years.