Ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round clash with Burnley, we take a look at some Third Round memories from seasons past.
1973: Notts County 1 Sunderland 1
From small acorns mighty oaks grow, or something like that. Sunderland languished fourth from bottom of the old Second Division and it remained to be seen whether new manager Bob Stokoe would have any sort of impact on the club. A trip to Notts County, mid-table in Division Three, was hardly likely to go down as a classic, but 2,000 still followed the Black Cats down from Roker. 1-0 down after half an hour, Sunderland somehow managed to avoid going further behind before Dave Watson headed in an equaliser with ten minutes to go. Although it was scarcely deserved on the balance of play, Sunderland snatched a replay which we won 2-0 and the rest, as they say, is history...
2013: Bolton Wanderers 2 Sunderland 2
A bumper allocation of 5,000 Wearsiders swelled the crowd at the Reebok Stadium, but the spirits of the travelling fans were soon dampened after Lee and Sordell took advantage of some shocking Sunderland defending to put the hosts two goals to the good. The visitors soon rallied, and the introduction of a young Connor Wickham just before the hour mark turned things around. The striker completely turned the game around and grabbed a goal from close range, and Craig Gardner would level soon afterwards with a blistering shot from just outside the box. Titus Bramble(!) came close to winning it late on, but a memorable occasion nonetheless for an electrified away end. (Of course, we lost the replay.)
1996: Manchester United 2 Sunderland 2
Peter Reid's Sunderland were flying high in the First Division and looked unstoppable. They certainly gave one of Fergie's best United sides an almighty scare. After Nicky Butt had put the hosts in front, Steve Agnew equalised with a shot from outside the box that squirmed under Pilkington, and Craig Russell sent 8,000 Mackems into dreamland three minutes later with a beautifully placed left-footed effort into the bottom corner. Sadly, it wasn't to be. Eric Cantona's tame header with ten minutes to go was enough to secure a replay, which United won 2-1, but not without being made to fight for it.
2012: Peterborough 0 Sunderland 2
This seemed like a fairly routine victory over Championship side Peterborough. Sunderland dominated possession throughout, didn't allow their hosts a sniff at goal, and peppered Posh's goalmouth throughout a goalless first half. A Sebastian Larsson free-kick and a James McClean header in the second half was enough to secure passage, with the fans who made the trip down to London Road coming back with tales of a euphoric, lively away end on proper old-fashioned terracing - perhaps the last time Sunderland will ever play a competitive game in front of a terrace.
2010: Sunderland 3 Barrow 0
An honourable mention to this one. Frazier Campbell fed Steed Malbranque to put Sunderland in front early on before Campbell grabbed two of his own early in the second half. All very routine against stubborn but technically lacking Conference opposition. But one of the biggest cheers of the afternoon came when we heard the announcement that the motorway back over the Pennines was closed indefinitely.
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