Reminiscing the days of old... when Sunderland were probably crap then too.
The 1994-94 season was petering out to another drab ending, and Mick Buxton had notified the board of his intention to depart the club at the end of the season. But a run of defeats put the club in deep trouble – and the board took decisive action.
Sunderland and Carlisle seldom cross paths outside of their seemingly mandatory pre-season encounters, but plenty of players have swapped the stripes of Wearside for the blues of Cumbria - here’s five who’ve done just that.
Since the turn of the century there have been plenty of players to don the colours of the Black Cats and the Addicks - some were memorable for the right reasons, some for the wrong, and others that are barely memorable at all!
Sunderland’s League One opener against Charlton Athletic has a lot to live up to if it hopes to be as nail-bitingly gruelling as its 1998 play-off final counterpart - Gavin Hawkton recounts the profound memories of that day with a nostalgic match report.