YNWA takes a look back at previous memorable home League meetings as Sunderland visit in the League for the seventieth time on Saturday. We have a reasonably good record against the Wearsiders at Anfield, having won 33, drawn eighteen and been beaten eighteen times.
Robbie Fowler made is 330th and final reds appearance in November 2001, as an Emile Heskey goal handed us a 1-0 win. Robbie was sacrificed at half-time following the dismissal of Dietmar Hamann for a two-footed tackle on Bernt Haas, and joined Leeds United four days later.
In September 2000, Rigobert Song played his 38th and last reds game as we were held 1-1. Robbie Fowler made his 200th League appearance, with Michael Owen grabbing our goal. Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn bagged his fourth goal in his nineteenth and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw in April 1939.
Emile Heskey made his reds debut in a 1-1 draw, with Patrik Berger bagging a penalty in the second minute. The same game also brought Erik Meijer’s final reds start. He only managed seven more appearances as a substitute before joining Hamburger SV via a loan spell with Preston North End.
Phil Neal missed his first League game since December 1974, as we went down 1-0, our most recent defeat in this fixture.
Forward Colin Russell played his only reds game as Sunderland won 1-0.
Roger Hunt netted three times in just nineteen minutes in the second half of our top-flight meeting in February 1966. He actually scored all four goals in our 4-0 victory that day. Henry Race netted three goals in our 5-2 win in April 1929. Gordon Hodgson bagged our other two goals. Inside-left Davy Hannah bagged a treble in November 1896 as we won 3-0 to give us our fist win in this fixture.
Left-winger Alan A'Court struck the first of his 63 reds goals as we emerged 2-0 victors. Sammy Smyth had opened the scoring inside a quarter of an hour.
We have beaten Sunderland by four goals to nil on four separate occasions in top-flight meetings at Anfield. Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins both bagged braces in August 1950, with Liddell also on target nearly exactly two years earlier, with William Watkinson, Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer also having netted.
Jack Balmer struck twice with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet in March 1938. Alf Hanson grabbed a brace in December 1936, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet. We also won heavily in September 1922, when Harry Chamber scored two and Dick Forshaw, Dick Johnson and Donald Mackinlay all struck in a 5-1 thumping.
We suffered our heaviest ever home League defeat, as Bobby Gurney scored four goals in Sunderland’s 6-0 victory. He remains the record League goalscorer against the reds with nineteen goals.
Keeper Elisha Scott ended a long run in this match, making his 132nd consecutive appearance in our 3-1 win, with Archie Rawlings netting twice and Harry Chambers also on target.
Harold Fitzpatrick scored on his reds debut to hand us a 1-0 victory.
Sunderland won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield on Boxing Day in 1901, 1-0 on this occasion. They repeated the feat in March 1932, this time with a 2-1 victory, with Gordon Hodgson nabbing our consolation.
Inside-forward Frank Becton scored on his reds debut in a 3-2 defeat, with Jimmy Ross also on the scoresheet. Left-back Billy Dunlop made his reds bow in the same game, the first time we had ever entertained the Wearsiders.