Sunderland fans desperate for good news right now only need look back nine years to the day . . . to when they ended decades of derby pain on home soil.
On October 25, 2008, the Black Cats took on bitter rivals Newcastle still searching for a first victory on Wearside against the old enemy for 28 years.
But former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse put Roy Keane’s men on their way after 20 minutes, deflecting home a Steed Malbranque cross-shot.
Shola Ameobi – who would so often be the scourge of Sunderland - drew the Magpies level before the break, powering a header past Marton Fulop from a Geremi free kick.
Ameobi then missed a glorious opportunity to put the Toon in front, blazing over on the hour after great link up play with Obafemi Martins.
And then, 15 minutes from time, came the moment.
El-Hadji Diouf was fouled on the edge of the area, and Kieran Richardson blasted an unstoppable drive past Shay Given to send the home crowd wild.
With their first derby win of any sort since 2000, the ghosts of 1980 and Stan Cummins were finally exorcised.
"We had to focus on the game, not past records," said Keane. “Yes, it's been a long time to wait but I think we deserved it
"We had the best opportunities. They had one good chance in the second half but I thought we edged it.
"Mentally it was a big test today, but we came through it with flying colours.”