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Roker Report’s Brainbusters #20: Have a go at our final Sunderland quiz of the season!

Ahead of the journey down to London, and for the final time this season, test what you and your pals know about Sunderland’s play-off trivia by trying our quiz. Best of luck - let us know how you fare!

John Anderson and Marco Gabbiadini Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images

The answers are at the bottom - good luck and let us know how you get on...

Question 1...

What was the aggregate score when Sunderland beat Sheffield United in the play-off semi-finals over two legs in 1998?

Question 2...

Which two Sunderland players scored two goals (not including penalty shoot-out) each across the two games against Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-finals in 2004?

Question 3...

Which young winger surprisingly made the starting line-up for the second leg against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in 1990, that would only be his third starting appearance for Sunderland?

Sunderland v Crystal Palace Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Question 4...

Who is Sunderland’s top scorer (not including penalty shoot-outs) in play-off games only?

Question 5...

Who was the Gillingham striker, who went on to play for Aston Villa, Celtic & Chelsea, as well as collecting 88 caps for the Republic of Ireland, that scored five of Gillingham’s six goals across the two legs against Sunderland in the 1987 promotion/relegation play-off?

Question 6...

Who scored Sunderland’s only goal when defeated by Sheffield United away at Bramall Lane in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals in 1998?

Lee Clark of Sunderland and Ian Hamilton of Sheffield United Getty Images

Question 7...

Three players made the starting line-up for Sunderland during the play-offs in 1987 (vs Gillingham) and during the 1990 play-offs (vs Newcastle United & Swindon Town), can you name them?

Question 8...

Who was Sunderland’s manager during the 1987 promotion/relegation play-offs that ended in defeat to Gillingham on away goals and relegation into the third tier?

Question 9...

Who missed the decisive penalty that meant Sunderland lost the penalty shoot-out and we’re defeated by Crystal Palace in the 2004 play-off semi-finals?

…and for a bonus point can you name the other two Sunderland players who missed penalties during the shoot-out?

And Finally - Question 10...

Three players have scored two goals (not including penalty shoot-outs) during a single play-off game for Sunderland, can you name them all?

Michael Gray of Sunderland


1) Aggregate Score – Sunderland 3-2 Sheffield United

[1st Leg – Sheffield United 2-1 Sunderland / 2nd Leg Sunderland 2-0 Sheffield United]

2) Kevin Kyle & Marcus Stewart

3) Warren Hawke

4) Eric Gates - 3 goals

5) Tony Cascarino

6) Kevin Ball

7) Gordon Armstrong, Gary Bennett & Eric Gates

8) Bob Stokoe

9) Jeff Whitley

[Bonus point answer – Jason McAteer & John Oster]

10) Mark Proctor, Eric Gates & Niall Quinn

Click the links below for previous editions of our quiz...

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