Sunderland legend recalls thrashing of Chelsea

Niall Quinn posed for a selfie with Year manager Helen O'Brien during his visit to Wellfield Communiuty School Wingate
Niall Quinn posed for a selfie with Year manager Helen O'Brien during his visit to Wellfield Communiuty School Wingate
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SUNDERLAND legend Niall Quinn has fond memories of beating Chelsea back when he was banging in the goals for the Black Cats.

One of the highlights of his Sunderland career was their incredible 4-1 win over the Blues at the Stadium of Light back in 1999, when Peter Reid was in charge.

Such was the force with which Sunderland overpowered Chelsea, French World Cup winner Marcel Desailly was pulled off at half-time after a series of clangers for the visitors.

Quinn said: “They had a World Cup winning centre back playing that day who went off ‘injured’ but played the following game.

“They just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible!

“It was an incredible day and we wiped the floor with them.

“Later on that evening Paul Thirlwell, who played that game and was a star performer, was out with us and because he was the new lad he wasn’t buying drinks.

“I said to him “You need to buy a drink.”

“And he turned round and said to me: “I can’t get my wallet out of my pocket, because Dennis Wise is still in there!”

The 48-year-old Dubliner and strike partner Kevin Phillips both scored a double that day.

Quinn added: “It was a stand-out game for me in my time at Sunderland.

“Bobby Saxton came over to us and said ‘you two today didn’t just score, you saw off World Cup winners’.

“He was right and it felt good travelling home that day.”

Quinn was speaking at the official re-opening of Wellfield Community School, in Wingate.

The school has undergone a £7.5m revamp over the past two years.