Ha’way Back When: Michael Reddy’s memorable Tees-Wear derby leveller

Michael Reddy (right) challenges Leeds' Jonathan Woodgate in the 1999-2000 season, in which he notched for Sunderland at Boro.
Michael Reddy (right) challenges Leeds' Jonathan Woodgate in the 1999-2000 season, in which he notched for Sunderland at Boro.
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Sunderland head to Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon desperate for Tees-Wear derby points as they bid to escape the Sky Bet Championship drop zone.

The sides met 18 years ago, almost to the day, when the Wearsiders were in a much better state, flying high in the Premiership.

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

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

It was November 6, 1999, and teenager Michael Reddy rescued a point for 10-man Sunderland in a dramatic clash at the Riverside.

Peter Reid’s men made it 10 league games unbeaten despite seeing full-back Chris Makin sent off in the 32nd minute.

Makin was handed a first booking for dissent in the 21st minute, and saw red 11 minutes later, felling German star Christian Ziege as he latched onto a pass from Brian Deane.

Boro finally made their man advantage tell on 76 minutes, when Colombian forward Hamilton Ricard hit a dipping 25-yarder past the dive of Thomas Sorensen and into the corner of the net.

But the hard-grafting Wearsiders were quickly level.

Right-back Phil Stamp was adjudged to have fouled striker Niall Quinn in the box and Sunderland were awarded a penalty.

Kevin Phillips’ spot-kick was saved by Mark Schwarzer, but Irish sub Reddy followed up to drive home an equaliser, his first goal for Sunderland.

Reddy went on to hit two more competitive goals for the Black Cats, but the highly-rated prospect managed just 14 appearances before departing on a free transfer to Grimsby in 2004.

He hit 23 goals in 106 appearances in his three-year stay at Grimsby.

While on Sunderland’s books, Reddy had a string of loan stints, going to Swindon, Hull, Barnsley, York and, in two separate spells, Sheffield Wednesday.

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Stamp, Ziege, Cooper, Vickers, Pallister, O’Neill, Ince, Deane, Juninho, Ricard

Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Gray (Reddy 75), McCann (Ball 70), Bould, Butler, Summerbee, Roy (Williams 36), Quinn, Phillips, Schwarz