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On This Day: Sunderland Record Win Over Rivals

Sunderland travelled to St. James' Park to face arch-rivals Newcastle United on this day in 1908, and achieved a quite remarkable result.

Sunderland fans on much more recent trip to St. James' Park
Sunderland fans on much more recent trip to St. James' Park
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Sunderland took on Newcastle United for the 21st time in the league on this day in 1908, thus continuing a footballing rivalry stretching back to 1898.

Most encounters up to that point had been close affairs, with neither side winning by more than a two-goal margin. The Black Cats had won ten of those league meetings, while the Magpies triumphed on five occasions.

The match played on December 5 seemed to heading for a similar outcome when the scores were tied at one-all come the interval.

However, the hosts were in for a shock during a breathless second period in which the away team racked up eight goals. Both inside-left George Holley and captain Billy Hogg claimed hat-tricks, while Arthur Bridgett also grabbed himself a couple and Jackie Mordue the other.

Newspaper accounts from the time suggested that the visitors simply lined up in procession to score when taking their opponents apart during a relentless 28-minute second-half spell.

It remains Sunderland's biggest league victory in history, which is made all-the-sweeter thanks to it having been achieved against fierce local rivals.

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