Sunderland may have struggled for several years before they were eventually relegated from the Premier League, but their countless escapes from the drop have produced some wonderful memories.
From Gus Poyet to Paolo Di Canio and Dick Advocaat, there are several former Black Cats’ bosses who pulled off some miraculous moments, with Di Canio’s side creating a lasting memory in the 3-0 win over Newcastle at St. James’ Park in 2013.
Sam Allardyce also shared moments of glory at the Stadium of Light, and indeed was in charge during the Black Cats’ last season in the top-flight that didn’t end in relegation.
A 3-2 win over Chelsea at the Stadium of Light stands out for many fans, and in recent days the club has looked back on the encounter as part of their throwback series, with one goal in particular prompting a response amongst fans.
What a game this was man @nickysafc89
— Matthew Doran (@TheDor247) March 25, 2020
Goosebumps. That was a good day.
— Fubar (@Nom8d) March 24, 2020
The noise, the emotion, the passion. 😍
Those were the days, one day we will hopefully see this on the Pitch again 🤔
— Dave Pritchard 🔴⚪ (@davepritchard5) March 25, 2020
We’d have turned Brazil over that day 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Grdjw5s2he
— Jordan Marley (@JordanMarley22) March 25, 2020
Better with @IanCrocker1’s commentary but what a moment all the same 😍
— Peter Hewett (@WestSussexSAFC) March 25, 2020
Jermain Defoe scored the winning goal, one of 15 league goals he struck that term in what proved to be one of his best spells in his career, despite having just returned from the MLS, where he featured for Toronto.
The former striker is loved in the north-east because of that, with supporters proving exactly that by reacting to the post and speaking about the Rangers man.
Defoe was a major reason why Sunderland achieved safety that year and despite equalling his return of 15 league goals the following season, he couldn’t prevent his side from the drop.
Miss you @IAmJermainDefoe
— Jased10 (@jased1988) March 24, 2020
Never forget thay game! Never forget that man
— Nicky Lowdon (@nickysafc89) March 25, 2020
The Allardyce factor was clearly significant to their success, and the recent club tweet left one fan wondering what might have been had things worked out differently at the end of that season.
Imagine if Big Sam didn’t leave 🤔
— Frankie V (@VR3Frankie) March 24, 2020
In other news, Jon McLaughlin has shown fans what he’s been getting up to in the last few days…