Derby Day picture special: Sunderland beat Newcastle United 2-0 away back in May 1990

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THE big game is now only days away as Sunderland and Newcastle United once again prepare to do battle

All this week we have been delving into the archives to showcase some of the biggest victories for the Black Cats over their fiercest rivals.

Warren Hawke, Gordon Armstrong, Gary Owers and Eric Gates celebrate the opener.

Warren Hawke, Gordon Armstrong, Gary Owers and Eric Gates celebrate the opener.

We continue our coverage with a look back at the clash at St James’s Park back in May 1990.

In the second leg of the Division Two play-off semi finals, Sunderland went to St James’s on the back of a 0-0 draw in the home tie, and would leave as victors thanks to Eric Gates and Marco Gabbiadini.

The home side were favourites to progress, but a Gates goal after 13 minutes, and a Gabbiadini strike after 85, sealed the win.

Sit back and enjoy our gallery of pictures from the win.