There can’t have been many better days than this one at the SOL.
Yes, today marks the seven-year anniversary of our 2-1 win over Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light, with all three points going to Gustavo Poyet’s side thanks to a thumping long range effort from substitute Fabio Borini.
Having taken over the reins from Paolo Di Canio, Poyet’s side were dusted four-nowt off Swansea the weekend prior, reminding the new SAFC boss that there was work to be done if he was going to turn this place around and stave off the threat of relegation.
And if things weren’t already tough enough, the prospect of facing Sunderland’s biggest rivals in his first game at the Stadium of Light could serve as either the dawning of a new era, or an incredibly disappointing start to life as our new gaffer.
Gus wasn’t about to disappoint, however, and the Lads won in the most dramatic fashion.
Having taken an early lead through a Steven Fletcher header just five minutes in, Newcastle came back out after half time and played well, eventually being rewarded with a goal from right back Matthieu Debuchy.
In a bid to assert some pressure, Poyet made a number of changes to his team which gave us the rocket up the backside we needed.
Ki Sung Yeung came on for Lee Cattermole, and it was his quick forward pass to Jack Colback that set the move away for our second goal.
Colback nudged it into the path of Jozy Altidore, and his first touch/pass set Borini up for a goal which would go down in the annuls of history.
Fabio unleashed an unstoppable 25 yard strike beyond Tim Krul with just six minutes left to play, sending the Sunderland fans in the Stadium of Light into absolute delirium.
The scenes in the town centre afterwards were legendary, and boy did we celebrate.
Not only did we beat our nearest and dearest, giving us the bragging rights going into work the next day, but it was a massive relief having started the season so badly.
It was our first league win of the season, and having occupied bottom place in the table going into the game, we knew that regardless of the result that there was work to be done.
That unfortunately would prove to be a minor highlight in an otherwise disappointing start to the season. We never got out of the bottom three until January, and even then it was only brief. Despite whopping them again on their own patch at the start of the month, we were back in by February and stayed there until the ‘great escape’ happened at the back end of April. Funny, that even when Sunderland are absolutely shite, we still manage to get one over on the mags!
Sunderland: Westwood, Bardsley, O’Shea, Cuellar, Dossena, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, Altidore, Fletcher
NUFC: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Remy