Tyne-Wear derby: How players have fared in the fixture after crossing the divide

CROSSED THE DIVIDE ... Jack Colback.
CROSSED THE DIVIDE ... Jack Colback.

JACK Colback is set to join the list of players to have represented both Newcastle United and Sunderland in a Tyne-Wear derby this weekend.

Colback moved from Wearside to Tyneside in the summer on a free transfer, and has slotted in well at St James’s Park since making the controversial switch.

The midfielder is far from the only player to have played for both North East rivals, but his presence on the pitch is sure to add something extra to the occasion on Sunday.

In seven appearances in the fixture for Sunderland, Colback was on the winning side three times, and only tasted defeat once.

He also scored in last year’s 3-0 win for the Black Cats at St James’s Park, so has good memories of the derby, and will now be hoping to create new ones in black and white.

Can he take inspiration from others who have crossed the divide in the past, though?

Here, the Gazette looks at how nine others fared in the fixture, with the likes of Bob Moncur, Lee Clark, David Kelly and Len Shackleton not included, as they did not appear in the game for both clubs.

Jeff Clarke

Clarke was a crowd favourite at Roker Park after giving seven years of service to Sunderland following his move from Manchester City in 1975.

He appeared seven times in the derby for the Black Cats, winning twice and drawing three times, before he surprisingly joined Newcastle in 1982.

The defender spent five years on Tyneside, but only faced Sunderland twice in that time.

Newcastle drew one and lost one of those games, with Clarke overall losing just twice in nine derby appearances.

Paul Bracewell

Bracewell had three spells at Sunderland, but was also part of Kevin Keegan’s swashbuckling Newcastle side of the early-1990s which won promotion to the Premier League and then hugely impressed there.

Overall, he appeared eight times against Newcastle for Sunderland, but was on the winning side just once.

He matched that figure in just one game for the Magpies, but his one win in the fixture as a Sunderland player turned out to be a memorable one, as it came in the infamous play-off semi-final second leg of 1990 at St James’s Park.

Stan Anderson

Anderson became a player accustomed to breaking boundaries, and was the first person to captain Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

The midfielder started his career at Sunderland, racking up 447 appearances between 1952 and 1963.

Because of that, it was a huge surprise when he moved to Newcastle in 1963, and during his time there he appeared once against his old club – a game United won 1-0.

During his time on Wearside, though, Anderson had mixed results in the derbies, with Sunderland winning five and drawing five of his 14 appearances in the fixture.

He was part of teams to lose 6-1 and 6-2 to Newcastle, but he did score in his first derby – his only goal in the fixture.

Steven Caldwell

Scottish defender Caldwell came up through the ranks at Newcastle, but was unable to establish himself as a regular at St James’s Park.

Because of that, he appeared just once against Sunderland, which the Black Cats won 2-1 on Tyneside thanks to goals from Don Hutchison and Niall Quinn.

After his release from Newcastle, Caldwell joined Sunderland, and later appeared two times against his former club.

He tasted defeat in both of those games, though, meaning he ended his time in the North East with a derby record reading: three appearances, three defeats.

Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson

Pop Robson was part of the last Newcastle side to win a major trophy, with United lifting the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969.

He played for the club between 1962 and 1971, but did not fare too well against Sunderland, winning once and losing three of his seven appearances, while he scored once.

The forward later had three spells at Sunderland, and his derby record did not get too much better there.

Sunderland won on just one of the four occasions he faced Newcastle, although he did find the net once.

Ivor Broadis

Broadis joined Sunderland from Carlisle United in 1949, but had a poor record against Newcastle, with one defeat, two draws and no wins, although he did score once.

He left Wearside in 1951, but returned to the North East with Newcastle two years later.

The forward’s derby record did not get much better there, as despite finding the scoresheet once, Newcastle lost twice and drew once against Sunderland in his three appearances, meaning he ended his career without a win in the fixture.

Michael Chopra

Chopra started his career with boyhood club Newcastle, and appeared twice against Sunderland, both of which resulted in Magpies wins.

The second of those, at the Stadium of Light in 2006, saw Chopra net an equaliser just 15 seconds after coming on as a substitute, and Newcastle went on to win 4-1.

After a year-long spell at Cardiff City, though, the striker joined Sunderland, who had just been promoted to the Premier League.

That set him on a collision course with his former employers, who he would face three times without scoring, while Sunderland lost one and drew two of those games.

Chopra will be forever remembered by fans of both clubs for a miss he made at St James’s Park while a Sunderland player in 2009, when he opted to attempt a pass with the goal gaping, and the chance went. It proved to be his last game for the club.

Titus Bramble

Bramble spent five years at Newcastle after a £6m move from Ipswich Town, but appeared just once in the Tyne-Wear derby.

The defender was on the winning side, but after a mixed spell on Tyneside, he later returned to the region with Sunderland in 2010.

This time, his record in the fixture was altogether more mixed.

He was red carded in Sunderland’s 5-1 defeat at St James’s Park in 2010, and the Black Cats could only take a draw from his only other appearance against Newcastle.

Barry Venison

Venison started his career at Sunderland, and appeared twice against Newcastle, once ending up on the losing side, while the other game was drawn.

After a spell at Liverpool, though, the defender joined Newcastle, where he became part of Keegan’s entertaining side which won promotion to the Premier League.

He would later turn out twice against Sunderland, and won both games.