Ha’way Back When: Kieran Richardson’s memorable derby winner against Newcastle United – nine years ago this week

Kieran Richardson celebrates at the final whistle after Sunderland's 2008 home win over Newcastle United. Picture by Kevin Brady
Kieran Richardson celebrates at the final whistle after Sunderland's 2008 home win over Newcastle United. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Nine years ago this week, Kieran Richardson’s stunning free-kick clinched a memorable 2-1 Sunderland derby win over Newcastle.

We asked for your memories of the day.

Ha'way Back When in association with John Hogg Funeral Directors

Ha'way Back When in association with John Hogg Funeral Directors

Stuart Hall: Favourite Sunderland goal of all time. Never felt like that at a game of football before or since.

Andrew Chambers: It was my first opportunity to see Sunderland beat Newcastle at home... guess what my son’s date of birth is, he was nine this week!!! Fortunately we are season ticket holders together now and we both watched our first home derby win together

Andrew Clements: Roy Keane was walking alone to his car outside the ground after the match and signed my son’s red n white stripes – that’s a special shirt!! My other memory is Joey Barton back on the pitch after a six-game ban and during the last 15 minutes was starting to influence the game. Thank god for the whistle!!!

Jimmy Wilson: I was in Sydney watching it at at a club, Steven Liddell, who was a member of the club, had to ask them to put the big match on as it was full of Man Utd Chinese supporters and boy did we wake them up when that went in. Happy days

Paul Dodge Rodgers: I was in Malaysia and asked a mate to txt me with score updates as I was travelling. He let me know it was 1-1 but that was it. Woke up the next morning and the highlights were on TV there. Needless to say I went nuts when the free-kick lifted the goal into the north stand!

Graham Hickey: The speed of that free kick followed by the noise was quality!

Chris Melia: I was a coach at Shelbourne at the time. We were due to play Longford that evening (away), so I’d only see the first half before I had to leave. just as I was about to turn off the TV to head for the team bus, I got a call to say the match was off due to A waterlogged pitch, so I got to see the rest of the game and witness the magic. Never forget it

John Talbot: First home derby I missed in my supporting life. I dare not go to another seeing as we seem to do ok when I’m not there!!!

Matt Crighton: The best goal I have ever seen at the Stadium of Light.

Graham Reed: Was behind the goal when he scored. Fantastic strike

John Goymer: In those days, there was some ambition and we were trying to compete. Today we have neither.

Robert Bell: I was right behind that free-kick. nearly took the net off. Brilliant day.

Neil Cripwell: Just grateful there was a net there or it would have took my head off

David Harris: I was in row 38 north stand. I ended up 12 rows down. What a day..

Douglas Watson: The bullet. Great day. Days long gone, never to return. We’re doomed

Craig Richardson: Couldn’t get a ticket so watched it in the pub. When Kieran lined it up, I closed my eyes and put my head down (I’m superstitious). Cue roars of ecstasy and about a gallon of beer down the back of my shirt!

Gary Deary: In carling north end – what a smash of the net

Here’s how the game went

Sunderland 2 Newcastle 1

October 25, 2008

Only two things really stand out from this game – but boy do they stand out!

Kieran Richardson’s unstoppable free-kick winner flashing past the gloves of Shay Given is the indelible image, and the euphoria of home fans at the final whistle the lingering memory.

This was Sunderland’s first home derby win in 28 years – a ridiculous length of time to pass before the bulk of fans could see and celebrate with a victorious Sunderland team.

Djibril Cisse was man-of-the-match and gave Sunderland a 20th-minute lead which was cancelled out by Shola Ameobi on the hour.

Sunderland were the better side throughout, as they had been at home the previous season, but this time they got their reward thanks to the boot of Richardson.

In the 75th minute came the shot which echoed around the North East – a rifled free-kick which beat even Given’s cat-like reflexes to rocket up into the roof of the net.

The long wait was over and after a few nail-biting minutes, the celebrations could begin.

Sunderland: Fulop, Chimbonda, Ferdinand, Collins, McCartney, Malbranque (Tainio 87), Whitehead, Yorke, (Jones 57), Richardson, Cisse, Diouf (Reid 89). Subs not used: Chopra, Leadbitter, Colgan, Bardsley

Newcastle: Given, Beye, Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong (Enrique 84), Geremi (Gutierrez 73), Guthrie, Butt (Barton 85), Duff, Ameobi, Martins. Subs not used: Xisco, Harper, N’Zogbia, Cacapa