‘One of the best ever nights at Roker’ – These Sunderland fans remember a famous night in the club’s history

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The suspension of all professional football due to the coronavirus has left the social media departments of all football club’s scratching their heads over what content to put out.

While some original output has been detected, most are falling back on plenty of nostalgia, focussing on significant moments in their history during happier, less troubled times.

Sunderland have today searched their archives and posted the winning goal from their FA Cup sixth-round replay win at the expense of Chelsea, twenty-eight years ago today, and it prompted some happy memories from supporters on social media.

The famous victory under the lights of Sunderland’s famous old Roker Park ground was one of the pivotal moments in the club’s memorable run to the 1992 Cup Final.

Twenty-six thousand thirty-nine fans turned up, hoping for an upset after the first game at Stamford Bridge ended 1-1. The Lads, with caretaker boss Malcolm Crosby in charge and then in the old Second Division, took the lead against their top-flight opponents through a Peter Davenport goal before the break.

They seemed to be heading to the semi-final after goalkeeper Tony Norman kept them in the game with a series of excellent saves before Denis Wise equalised for the visitors with five minutes to go.

However, all thoughts of extra-time were banished when midfielder Gordan Armstrong sent a Brian Atkinson corner past Graham Beasant with a bullet header. It was a goal that put a Chelsea side managed by Sunderland legend Ian Porterfield and comprising Vinny Jones, Tony Cascarino, and Kerry Dixon out the cup and sparked chaos on the old terraces.

Here is a selection of responses to the clip on Twitter from fans remembering what was quite a night at one of football’s most iconic old stadiums.



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