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Liverpool v Sunderland (20/08/2005) - Double Agents
Friday, 19th August 2005
As we prepare to entertain Sunderland in our opening home League fixture of the season on Saturday, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both sides.

Current double agents...
Anthony Le Tallec is on a season-long loan with Sunderland, having struggled to break through to the first team at Anfield. He has made just 32 appearances since signing on two years ago, and will be looking to hold down a more permanent place on Wearside. Right-back Stephen Wright made 21 reds appearances before moving to Sunderland for £3m in August 2002, for whom he is a regular, so far playing a hundred times, and netting twice.

Top scorers...
Sam Raybould was the first player to score a hundred League goals for the reds, a feat he achieved in 170 matches in the first five years of last century. He was top-scorer with seventeen when we won the title for the first time in 1901. He moved on to Sunderland in May 1907 after a total of 128 goals in 226 reds games, and having helped us to two League titles and the Second Division championship.

Joe Hewitt arrived from Sunderland in January 1904, and was top scorer as we won the title for the second time in 1906, netting a total of 73 goals in 164 reds games. Sunderland-born Robbie Robinson moved to the reds from his hometown club the month after Hewitt. He was top scorer as we won the Second Division title the following season, and also helped us claim the First Division championship in 1906. During the latter stages of his time with the reds, he moved into the half-back line but still bagged a total of 64 goals in 271 games.

Recent double agents?
Don Hutchison made only sixty first-team appearances before joining West Ham United for £1.5m in August 1994. He moved to Sunderland from Everton for £2.5m in July 2000, but only lasted a year on Wearside before returning to the Hammers. He struck ten times in 39 games while in the North East.

Jason McAteer signed for Sunderland from Blackburn Rovers for £1m in October 2001. He made 61 appearances for the Black Cats. Phil Babb joined Sunderland from Sporting Clube de Portugal on a free transfer in May 2002. However, he was unable to keep them in the Premiership in his first season at the Stadium Of Light, making sixty appearances in total. McAteer and Babb were both released by Sunderland in May of last year. McAteer went on to join Tranmere Rovers, while Babb has not been sighted since.

In goal...
Ned Doig made 53 reds appearances, helping us to the Second Division title in 1905, and playing on until 1908, finishing as our oldest ever player aged 41 years and 165 days. Alec Chamberlain joined Sunderland on a free transfer from Luton Town in July 1993. He made 108 appearances for the Wearsiders, moving on to Watford for £40,000 three years later.

Mark Prudhoe signed as a professional for Sunderland in September 1981. He only made seven first-team appearances for the Wearsiders, before joining Birmingham City three years later. He was loaned to the reds from Stoke City in November 1994, but never made our first team, although he sat on our bench eight times.

Also up front...
David Hodgson joined the reds from Middlesbrough for £450,000 in August 1982. He never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal before he left for Sunderland. He went on to bag five goals in fifty League games on Wearside, before moving on to Norwich City after two seasons. David Wright bagged 35 goals in exactly a century of reds games after signing from Sunderland in March 1930. He remained at Anfield until July 1934, when he joined Hull City for £1,000.

Left at the back...
Sunderland-born left-back Alan Kennedy is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles and four League Cups after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, making 359 appearances in his seven years at Anfield. He joined Sunderland in September 1985, where he played 54 times. Dominic Matteo joined Sunderland on loan in March 1995. He played just one first-team game while on Wearside, returning to establish himself at Anfield. He played 155 games for us before leaving for Leeds United in a £4m deal in August 2000.

Barry Venison played more than two hundred games for the Wearsiders, including the 1985 Milk Cup Final, before moving to Anfield for £200,000 in July 1986. He went on to make 158 appearances, winning two League titles and an FA Cup in his time at Anfield. Scottish international left-back Billy Dunlop signed from Abercorn for £35 in January 1895, and made 363 appearances for the reds between then and 1909, winning two League titles and two Second Division Championships. He later coached for the Wearside club. Another left-back, Bernie Ramsden, arrived on a free transfer from Sheffield Victoria in March 1935. He played 66 times in a career interrupted by the war, moving to Roker Park from Anfield in March 1948.

Scots galore...
Scottish international right-half Tom Morrison played 254 reds games between the wars. He failed to win any honours during his spell at Anfield but had been a member of the Sunderland team that won the League title in 1936. Scottish inside-right George Livingstone signed from Celtic in May 1902, whom he had joined from Sunderland, and bagged four goals in 32 games the following season. He moved on to Manchester City after just one year at Anfield.

Other double agents...
Howard Gayle was the first ever black player to represent Liverpool. He made only five first-team appearances for the reds before moving on to Birmingham City in January 1983. He moved from there to Sunderland. Northern Irish inside-left Davy Hannah signed from Sunderland in November 1894. He was the cousin of Andrew Hannah, a Scottish right-back who left Anfield for Rob Roy soon afterwards. Davy struck twelve times in 33 reds games.

England international Paul Stewart signed for the reds from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3m in July 1992. However, he scored just three times in 42 appearances in nearly four seasons. He joined Sunderland on loan in August 1995, playing just twice in his two months at Roker Park, although they signed him on a free transfer in March 1996. He netted five times in a further 37 games, before being offloaded to Stoke City at the end of the following season.

Tom Watson managed us for nineteen years until his death. He had led Sunderland to the League title three times, and won two more championships during his time at Anfield, in 1901 and 1906, as well as leading us to our first FA Cup Final in 1914. Other double agents include 1970’s midfielder Ray Kennedy, who later spent some time coaching with Sunderland, and 1980’s reserve Brian Mooney.



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