Sunderland v Tottenham: Three memorable clashes between the Black Cats and Spurs in the Premier League

Niall Quinn gets the better of Sol Campbell to score for Sunderland against Spurs in 1999.
Niall Quinn gets the better of Sol Campbell to score for Sunderland against Spurs in 1999.
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Sunderland go into Sunday’s clash against Tottenham looking for just their sixth win against the North Londoners in Premier League history.

The sides have met 28 times, with Spurs claiming 18 wins. We take a look back at three memorable matches:

Niall Quinn celebrates scoring against Tottenham

Niall Quinn celebrates scoring against Tottenham

1996/1997:

The two clubs first met in the Premier League in November 1996 with goals from Andy Sinton and Teddy Sheringham giving Tottenham a 2-0 win.

These were the teams:-

Sunderland: Lionel Perez, Gareth Hall, Dariusz Kubicki, Paul Bracewell, Kevin Ball, Andy Melville, Michael Gray, Martin Scott, Paul Stewart, Michael Bridges, David Kelly. Subs: Alex Rae, Martin Smith, Craig Russell. Subs not used: David Preece, Steve Agnew.

Tottenham: Ian Walker, Stephen Carr, Clive Wilson, David Howells, Colin Calderwood, Sol Campbell, Darren Anderton, Allan Nielsen, Chris Armstrong, Teddy Sheringham, Andy Sinton. Subs: Ronny Rosenthal. Subs not used: Espen Baardsen, Justin Edinburgh, Stuart Nethercott, Rory Allen.

It got worse later in the season as Sunderland lost 4-0 at Roker Park, to a Steffen Iversen hat-trick and an Allan Nielsen goal.

Sunderland were relegated and had to play the first season at the Stadium of Light in the second tier.

1999/2000:

When Peter Reid’s team returned to the Premier League in the 1999/2000 season they finished seventh, three places above Spurs.

The clash at the Stadium of Light brought a 2-1 win with two goals from Niall Quinn, Steffen Iversen hitting the reply.

These were the teams:-

Sunderland: Thomas Sorensen, Chris Makin, Michael Gray, Gavin McCann, Steve Bould, Paul Butler, Nicky Summerbee, Eric Roy, Niall Quinn, Kevin Phillips, Stefan Schwarz. Subs Darren Williams, Kevin Ball, Danny Dichio. Subs not used: Andy Marriott, Alex Rae.

Tottenham: Ian Walker, Stephen Carr, Mauricio Taricco, Steffen Freund, Ramon Vega, Sol Campbell, Oyvind Leonhardsen, Stephen Clemence, Steffen Iversen, John Piercy, David Ginola. Subs: Chris Perry, Tim Sherwood, Jose Dominguez. Subs not used: Espen Baardsen, Ruel Fox.

2007/2008:

One of Sunderland’s rare wins against Spurs came in the first game of the 2007-08 season with a last-gasp goal from Michael Chopra.

The Tottenham side that day included Younes Kaboul, as well as Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent, Pascal Chimbonda, Steed Malbranque and Teemu Tainio who all went on to wear the red and white stripes.

These were the teams:-

Sunderland: Craig Gordon, Dean Whitehead, Ross Wallace, Dickson Etuhu, Nyron Nosworthy, Paul McShane, Carlos Edwards, Dwight Yorke, Daryl Murphy, Anthony Stokes, Kieran Richardson. Subs: Danny Collins, Liam Miller, Michael Chopra. Subs not used: Darren Ward, David Connolly.

Tottenham: Paul Robinson, Pascal Chimbonda, Paul Staltieri, Didier Zokora, Anthony Gardner, Younes Kaboul, Steed Malbranque, Jermain Jenas, Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Teemu Tainio. Subs: Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone. Subs not used: Radek Cerny, Ricardo Rocha.