SUNDERLAND fans will be hoping the greatest moment in the club’s League Cup history comes a week on Sunday, when they take on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.
In the 10 days leading up to the showpiece occasion at Wembley, the Gazette is going to take you through the top 10 moments the club has enjoyed in the competition.
Gazette sports writer DANIEL PRINCE kicks us off with a memorable Tyne-Wear derby with Newcastle United in 1979.
Six months after Sunderland famously beat Newcastle 4-1 at St James’s Park in a league encounter, the great North-East rivals were pitted against each other in the League Cup.
Back then, League Cup ties in the early stages of the competition were played over two legs, and Sunderland hosted the first leg at Roker Park.
After the first leg finished 2-2, Alan Brown was Sunderland’s hero at St James’s Park as he struck twice, with the second of those coming in second-half stoppage time to force extra-time.
After the sides continued to be deadlocked after the extra 30 minutes, the lottery of penalties were called for.
Both teams scored their first six penalties, and after Brown slammed his spot-kick home, the spotlight fell on Newcastle’s Jim Pearson.
Sunderland goalkeeper Barry Siddall kept the penalty out to seal a dramatic derby win, before the Black Cats beat Manchester City via the same method (in a replay) in the next round.
After yet another draw, this time against West Ham, Sunderland’s League Cup run ended when they lost 2-1 at Upton Park.
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