Sunderland travel to the Macron stadium on Tuesday night, formerly known as the Reebok, where they face Bolton Wanderers in a relegation six pointer.
Sunderland haven’t travelled to the Macron since 2013, where they drew 2-2 in the FA cup. Craig Gardner was the Black Cats’ saviour that day, when he rocketed home a right footed effort to take the tie to a replay at the Stadium of Light.
Here, we look at some of the most memorable visits to Lancashire for Black Cats fans.
Bolton 0-2 Sunderland (22/10/2011)
Two goals in the last eight minutes sealed all three points for Steve Bruce’s men back in 2011. Stephane Sessegnon and Nicklas Bendtner were the star men that day – sealing Sunderland’s first three points away from home in that premier league season.
Bolton 1-2 (07/05/2011)
Bolo Zenden opened the scoring for Sunderland, but the visitors were pegged back 3 minutes before the end – which looked to end the game with both sides picking up one point. Up stepped Sully Muntari in the second minute of stoppage time, snatching all three points for Bruce’s men.
Bolton 0-1 Sunderland (15/08/2009)
This fixture saw Bruce take charge of his first game as Sunderland boss. Darren Bent led the line, the Wearsiders’ record signing at the time, and grabbed what was deemed to be the winning goal in just the fifth minute of the game.
Bolton 0-2 Sunderland (29/09/2001)
Eight years before Bent scored the winner in Lancashire, Sunderland great Kevin Phillips grabbed a goal – alongside Jody Craddock, to top off a great day for the travelling fans. The visitors would then have to wait almost a decade before recording another win away to Bolton.
Bolton 0-3 Sunderland (01/11/1998)
The red and white army recorded their biggest away win to Bolton from the last 20 years, beating the Lancashire side by three goals to nil.
Plenty of ex-Sunderland legends were on show that season – Niall Quinn, Thomas Sorensen, Kevin Ball and Darren Williams all featured in the 3-0 away at Burnden Park.
Chris Coleman’s side will be hoping to record another famous win in arguably their most important fixture they’ve ever played against relegation rivals Bolton.