FORMER Black Cats skipper Michael Gray has been squaring up to his old nemesis.
It was all in good fun though as footballer-turned-pundit Micky took on former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Sasa Illic and former SAFC team-mate Chris Makin.
Micky was devastated when, in 1998, he missed the decisive penalty during a shoot-out in the First Division play-off final after a 4-4 draw with Charlton, which could have taken Sunderland back into the Premier League.
The epic clash – in which Sasa saved the Wearsider’s spot-kick – has been hailed in the footballing history books as one of the most thrilling matches to have been played at Wembley.
The trio of ex-players involved in the big match reunited once more for a talk-in at the Corner Flag bar, in High Street West.
It was held to celebrate the launch of this month’s Seventy3, the Sunderland retro football fanzine.
Editor-in-chief Mal Robinson said: “It was disappointing Saturday’s game was called off, and I think a bit of the water from the pitch got into the PA system as we had a slight hiccup.
“But soon the banter flowed between the two Sunderland players and of course Sasa from Charlton.”
He added: “Sasa really got the crowd behind him and it’s the first time I have heard a Sunderland pub sing ‘There’s only one Sasa Illic’.”
The next Seventy3 talk-in will take place at the Corner Flag and will feature former Black Cats Alex Rae and Nicky Summerbee.
It will be held following SAFC’s clash with Wigan on September 29.