Ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light, we look at five men who have played for both Sunderland and Stoke City.
1) Danny Higginbotham
The Gilbraltar international joined Stoke in 2006 from Southampton, and made 46 appearances for the Potters under Tony Pulis at the Britannia, scoring seven goals that season.
In February of the following year, Higginbotham was named club captain at Stoke, but was soon on his way to the Stadium of Light after he handed a transfer request in that summer.
He signed a four-year deal with Sunderland under Roy Keane, but made just 22 appearances as he struggled for first team football. In September 2008, Higginbotham returned to Stoke for a fee of £2.5million.
2) Kenwyne Jones
The Trinidad and Tobago international first joined Stoke on loan from Southampton in 2005, scoring three goals in 13 games for the Potters.
He then moved to the Stadium of Light from St Mary’s two years later. Jones played 94 games for the Black Cats, scoring 26 goals – his highest goalscoring tally at any club in his career.
It took a club record £8million fee to get Jones back to the Britannia Stadium, where he played under Tony Pulis, scoring 13 goals in 88 games.
3) Phil Bardsley
The full-back joined Sunderland on a three-and-a-half year deal in 2008.
Playing under five different managers during his time at the Stadium of Light, Bardsley made 174 appearances for the Black Cats, including the 2014 Capital One Cup final, scoring seven goals.
He moved to the Britannia at the end of the 2013-14 season, where he has made 25 appearances so far. His last game ended in an early bath after two yellow cards against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup last month.
4) Dean Whitehead
Players’ Player of the year in 2005, Whitehead moved to Sunderland on a free transfer from Oxford before the Championship winning 2004-05 season.
He was made captain during his time and went on to make 185 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 13 goals before moving to Stoke in 2009 for £5million.
He signed a four-year deal at the Britannia, leaving at the end of his contract after 132 games for the Potters.
5) Thomas Sorensen
A fans’ favourite at the Stadium of Light, Sorensen was brought in by Peter Reid in the summer of 1998.
In the five years he spent between the posts, he made 171 appearances for Sunderland and was part of a promotion and relegation during his time.
The Dane’s seven-year spell at Stoke came after a period at Aston Villa. He made 99 appearances for the Potters, and is now playing in Australia for Melbourne City.