THE BLOG that scours through YouTube so you don’t have to: Part XII
With the FA Cup clash derby tension bubbling up nicely now, thoughts naturally turn to classic Tees-Wear encounters of the past. The memories come flooding back of all those time Boro have beaten Sunderland. There’s loads of them. It was routine in the 90s.
There are some important moments in terrace folklore to be relived as part of the big match build: Bernie up on the Holgate fence in a quick-fire celebration, a Parky worldy, Emerson cracking home a rocket shot at Roker, Jamie Pollock stuffed some Mackem chanting straight back down their throats with a late winner. So to get you in the mood for the big match, here’s some footage of derby clashes of the past. Enjoy.
The last time Boro and Sunderland met in the FA Cup a double dose of Hicktonite back in January 1975 at a muddy Ayresome Park dispatched the Mackems (although that term wasn’t common currency then… when did it first become the accepted shorthand?)
There was a crowd of 39,400 in Ayresome that day. Boro wore an away kit and Big John scored two second half spot-kicks to seal it, one of them a deceptively short run up.
Brucie’s Babes were back in Division two and slipping towards danger afer four defeats in six when they conjured up a spectacular 3-0 win over promotion chasing Sunderland in January 1990. Peter Davenport played well – no, he did, really, in fact it probably helped us shift him on to them soon after – and got the opener then Bernie popped in his obligatory goal before Gary Parkinson sealed it with a last minute screamer. This one is about five minutes in so you’ll have to fast forward through some Paul Frost flannel.
Carbon monoxide sniffer Bernie Slaven must still be laughing at how easy it was to slot home a record fastest ever Tees-Wear derby opener after just 17 seconds in a 2-1 win in September1991. Their defence crumbed before Roger tames had even set the scene.
A poor back-pass under no pressure from lumbering lower league was compounded by a
defender Kevin Ball was compounded by some comedy keeping to fumble into the path of the Holgate’s favourite fenceclimber. You can see him chuckling as he slots it home.
The Holgate were chanting ‘Terry Butcher On The Dole’ in October 1993 as Lennie Lawrence’s side – still in the chase for a swift promotion back to the Premier League – battered the disintegrating Mackem basement battlers 4-1. Craig Hignett, John Hendrie and Paul Wilkinson all netted in a rampant first half before Wilko sealed it late on.
Bryan Robson’s promotion bandwagon was just starting to gather momentum as Boro came storming from behind to secure a 2-2 draw with relegation bound Sunderland in September 1994. The old new Ryan Giggs Alan More clawed one back then Big Nige rammed home a second two minutes later.
And because we don’t just beat them at home, here’s a couple of away day classics.
First Jamie Pollock responds to an hour long “ugly bastard” barracking by trundling home a tongue lolling winner from the edge of the box that had Boro fans at Roker serenading him ironically with the same gleeful chant in March 1995.
Here’s AWOL hero Emerson leathering home a Soul-Glow Samba sizzler in the last derby clash at Roker Park.
Just to show it was no fluke, our permed predator unleashed another rocket again the next year in the first derby encounter at the Stadium of Light.
And just to round it off, here’s new boys Chris Riggott and Malcolm Christie making themselves instant heroes with the goals in a 3-1 win in 2003.
Unfortunately there is no footage available yet of Curtis Main’s fairytale winner tomorrow.