Sunderland v Newcastle Utd: Brian Clough’s goals

Brian Clough in action for Sunderland at Roker Park
Brian Clough in action for Sunderland at Roker Park
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Brian Clough lies joint 15th in the list of derby scorers for Sunderland.

Cloughie netted three times in three league derbies while playing for the Rokermen.

How many would he have scored if he had not suffered his career-ending injury on Boxing Day, 1962?

That puts him alongside Gary Rowell, Bobby Kerr, Billy Bingham, Bobby Best, Harold Buckle, Arthur Hawes, Adam Johnson, Bobby Marshall, Bobby McKay, Tommy Wright, Arthur Brown and Bill Holden will three derby goals.

How many would he have scored if he had not suffered his career-ending injury on Boxing Day, 1962?

That’s anyone’s guess!

He had only joined Sunderland in the summer of ’61 and had scored 63 goals in 74 appearances, including his last - the game against Bury when he suffered his anterior cruciate ligament injury. He was only 27.

In his opening league derby at Newcastle, Clough scored twice in a 2-2 draw. Len White and John McGuigan had Newcastle ahead twice only for the Sunderland centre-forward to get his side back on level terms each time.

On April 21, 1962, Sunderland saw off the old enemy 3-0 thanks to a George Herd double and a goal from Willie McPheat. No goal for Cloughie, but derby joy in front of a Roker crowd of 57,666.

His final league derby was a 1-1 draw at St James’s Park. Clough scored for Sunderland before Jim Kerray levelled just before half-time.

For the record, Clough also played twice for Sunderland against Newcastle in the 1961/2 season as part of a Cock of the North tournament, also involving Middlesbrough.

Clough did not score as Sunderland lost 1-0 at St James’s Park and 2-1 at Roker Park.