Sunderland v Bournemouth - the six matches so far

Marco Gabbiadini scores for Sunderland against Bournemouth in October, 1989
Marco Gabbiadini scores for Sunderland against Bournemouth in October, 1989
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Sunderland and Bournemouth’s paths haven’t crossed very often - just six times in fact.

And they all happened in a very short period. So much so, that all the clashes between the clubs were managed by two men - Denis Smith for Sunderland and Harry Redknapp for the Cherries.

Gary Bennett leaps like a salmon!

Gary Bennett leaps like a salmon!

Sunderland have never lost to Bournemouth; their record stands at four wins and two draws.

The first time the clubs met was on August 27, 1988 - Sunderland’s first game back in the second division after clinching the Third Division title.

The game was played at Roker Park and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Shaun Close put the visitors ahead before Gary Bennett grabbed an equaliser.

Sunderland, with a team including Thomas Hauser and Kieron Brady, completed the double later in the season.

Here’s how the teams lined up.

Sunderland: Iain Hesford, John Kay, Reuben Agboola, Gary Bennett, John MacPhail, Steve Doyle, Paul Lemon, Gordon Armstrong, Eric Gates (Gary Owers), Marco Gabbiadini, Colin Pascoe. Sub not used Frank Gray.

Bournemouth: Gerry Peyton, Mark Newson, Paul Morrell, Kevin Bond, John Williams, Mark Whitlock, Richard Cooke, Shaun Brooks, Trevor Aylott, Ian Bishop, Shaun Close. Subs not used David Coleman, Carl Richards.

The return later in the season brought a 1-0 away win for Sunderland, with Eric Gates’ 10th minute goal earning the three points.

Gordon Armstrong scores

Gordon Armstrong scores

Sunderland ended the season 11th with Bournemouth one place below.

The following season saw the clubs further apart - Sunderland making the play-offs, while Bournemouth were relegated.

The first clash between the sides that season was again at Roker Park and Sunderland claimed a 3-2 win in front of a crowd of 15,933.

Eric Gates had the hosts ahead but a MacPhail own goal and a Luther Blissett strike just after half-time had Bournemouth ahead.

Paul Bracewell is tackled

Paul Bracewell is tackled

A goal each from Gabbiadini and Gates sealed victory for the Rokermen, though.

Here’s how the teams lined up.

Sunderland: Tim Carter, John Kay, Paul Hardyman, Paul Bracewell, Gary Bennett, John MacPhail, Gary Owers, Gordon Armstrong, Eric Gates, Marco Gabbiadini, Colin Pascoe. Subs not used: Tony Cullen, Paul Lemon.

Bournemouth: Gerry Peyton, Mark Newson, Paul Morrell (Kevin Bond), Shaun Teale, Paul Miller, Gavin Peacock (Peter Shearer), Bobby Barnes, Paul Moulden, Sean O’Driscoll, Shaun Brooks, Luther Blissett.

Sunderland, with a team including Thomas Hauser and Kieron Brady, completed the double later in the season with a 1-0 win, courtesy of another Gabbiadini strike.

The following season, Sunderland and Bournemouth were two divisions apart.

Gary Owers moves in for a tackle

Gary Owers moves in for a tackle

Sunderland beat Newcastle 2-0 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals to reach Wembley, where they lost 1-0 to Swindon.

However, Swindon were then denied a place in the top flight due to financial irregularities, and Sunderland took their place.

Between the two league games that season, Sunderland and Bournemouth met again twice in the League Cup.

The first game was a 1-1 draw. Marco Gabbiadini opened the scoring on 17 minutes only for Peter Shearer to level five minutes later.

It was Marco who decided the tie though, scoring the only goal in the replay at Dean Court.

Sunderland went on to reach the quarter-finals but crashed out 5-0 in a replay at Coventry.

Gary Bennett goes for goal

Gary Bennett goes for goal