YNWA takes a look back at previous memorable home League meetings as Sunderland visit in the League for the 75th time on Saturday. We have a reasonably good record against the Wearsiders at Anfield, having won 37, drawn nineteen and been beaten eighteen times.
We drew 2-2 in September 2010, with Dirk Kuyt opening the scoring after the referee ruled that the visitors had taken a free-kick when gifting the ball to the reds, despite vehement protests. Darren Bent's brace, including one from the spot, put them ahead before Steven Gerrard headed in an equaliser. Pepe Reina kept his fiftieth clean sheet in the League, in his 92nd game, to set a new club record as we won 3-0 in February 2008. Peter Crouch and Fernando Torres struck before Steven Gerrard converted a late penalty.
Milan Baroš played his final reds game in August 2005, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of the game, with the visitors having Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season, although this was later rescinded. Robbie Fowler made his 330th and final reds appearance in his first spell with the reds in November 2001 as Emile Heskey handed us a 1-0 win, breaking his duck after seventeen games without a goal. 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 played his 200th League game, 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 in March 2000, 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. Forward Colin Russell played his only reds game as Sunderland won 1-0 in May 1981, with Sam Allardyce playing his final game for the visitors.
Harold Fitzpatrick scored on his reds debut to hand us a 1-0 victory back in October 1907. In March 1895, 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. We were held to a 2-2 draw in October 1925 when Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck for the reds. Jock McNab put through his own net while outside-right Cyril Oxley made his reds bow.
Trebles for and against
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 grabbed a treble in November 1896 as we won 3-0 to give us our first win in this fixture. Arthur Metcalf struck a very late brace as we were beaten 5-2 in April 1913, with Charlie Buchan nabbing a hat-trick, three of the eighteen strikes he registered against the reds during his Sunderland career. He had already struck five times in the reverse fixture that season.
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 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 Chambers scored two and Dick Johnson and Donald Mackinlay all struck in a 5-1 thumping, with Dick Forshaw netting in his hundredth reds game.
Left-winger Alan A'Court struck the first of his 63 reds goals as we emerged 2-0 victors in March 1953. Sammy Smyth had opened the scoring inside a quarter of an hour. He played his 200th League game for the reds aged 24 years and 95 days in our 3-1 Second Division win in January 1959, and remains the youngest ever reds player to achieve this milestone. Johnny Wheeler, Louis Bimpson and Fed Morris struck the goals.
Runs coming to an end
In October 1983, Phil Neal missed his first League game since December 1974 as we went down 1-0 through a Gary Rowell strike, our most recent defeat in this fixture. Keeper Elisha Scott ended a long run in October 1924, making his 132nd consecutive appearance in our 3-1 win, with Archie Rawlings netting twice and Harry Chambers also on target. John Jones replaced him between the sticks for the next three games.
Hitting a thousand
Jack Parkinson struck our thousandth League goal as we won 3-0 in April 1909, with Ronald Orr converting a penalty and Alex Raisbeck also on target.
We suffered our heaviest ever home League defeat in this fixture in April 1930, as Bobby Gurney scored four goals in Sunderland's 6-0 victory. He remains the record League goalscorer against the reds with nineteen goals. Tommy Gracie netted our consolation as we lost 3-1 in September 1913 with Billy Lacey missing a penalty.
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.