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Over the last 135 years Sunderland have played Middlesbrough 150 times and have secured 61 wins, 38 draws and 51 defeats, Here are some of the key results…


Firstly, let’s talk about this really high scoring clash between the two sides. Not to mention, referee Tom Kirkham for some reason blew the final whistle with 13 minutes still to play, so the game had to restart! On the 24th of January 1914, Robert Kyle’s Lads were gearing up to take on Tom McIntosh’s Boro. Middlesbrough opened the score sheet in the 34th minute, George Elliott scored the goal. The Black Cats went into half time 0-1 down, and a response was needed in the second half. John Connor equalised in the 48th minute, and George Holley put the Lads 2-1 up in the 60th minute. Sunderland’s onslaught continued when John Connor made it 3-1 in the 68th minute. George Elliott pulled one back for Middlesbrough two minutes later, but it wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback. Jackie Mordue put the nail in Boro’s coffin when he scored the winner in the 85th minute. The game ended 4-2 and Robert Kyle’s side secured the three points.


This was a massive victory for the Lads. It was the 2nd of December 1933, and Johnny Cochrane’s Lads travelled to Ayresome Park to take on Peter McWilliam’s Middlesbrough. Patsy Gallacher put Sunderland 1-0 up in the 7th minute, he scored again to make it 2-0 six minutes later. Gallacher wasn’t done yet, because he secured his hat trick in the 20th minute. The first half finished 3-0, and Cochrane’s side were comfortably in front. The second half started slowly, but Sunderland legend Raich Carter scored the fourth in the 73rd minute. The goal put the game out of Boro’s reach, and the Black Cats secured three points.


This has to be one of the most dramatic games of all time. On the 17th of October 1936, Johnny Cochrane’s RAWA travelled to Ayresome Park to face Wilf Gillow’s Boro. Middlesbrough came out of the blocks flying, when George Camsell put them 1-0 up in the fourth minute. Tim Coleman scored the second in the 6th minute, and everything was pointing towards a Boro win. Despite this, Len Duns pulled one back for Sunderland in the 15th minute and the comeback was on. George Camsell made it 3-1 to Middlesbrough six minutes later. That was followed up by a Sunderland onslaught, Bobby Gurney pulled one back in the 29th minute and Len Duns secured his brace two minutes later. However, the Lads were not done because Jimmy Connor made it 4-3 to Sunderland in the 40th minute. Despite being 2-0 down in the first six minutes, Cochrane’s Lads went into halftime on top. The second half began and Raich Carter made it 5-3 in the 47th minute. In an ordinary game Sunderland would take the three points, but this was no ordinary game. Camsell completed his hat trick in the 51st minute, and Boro were back in it. Ralph Birkett equalised in the 64th minute, and the game finished 5-5. Needless to say this was one for the history books.


Surprisingly this game featured a lot of former and future players for both clubs, with Lee Cattermole, Julio Arca and Adam Johnson all playing for Middlesbrough whilst Grant Leadbitter and Dean Whitehead were playing for the Lads. It just goes to show that many players have played for both Sunderland and Boro. It was the 26th of April 2008, and Roy Keane’s Sunderland were hosting Gareth Southgate's Middlesbrough. Tuncay Sanli opened up the scoresheet for Middlesbrough, they went 1-0 up in the fourth minute. However, Danny Higginbotham equalised two minutes later and the Black Cats were level. Michael Chopra made it 2-1 right on the brink of half time, and the Lads went into the break 2-1 up. Alfonso Alves equalised in the 73rd minute, and it was game on. But late drama was still to come, because super sub Daryl Murphy made it 3-2 in the 90th minute, and Sunderland won the game. A big three points for Roy Keane’s men.


Keeping on the lines of drama, this match was full of it. On the 24th of February 2018, Chris Coleman’s Sunderland hosted Tony Pulis’ Boro at the Stadium of Light. Joel Asoro made it 1-0 to the Black Cats in the 11th minute, and things were looking good. That’s until Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter tried to snap Adama Traore in half on the halfway line, and received a red card. The Lads went into halftime 1-0 up with 10 men. The drama continued into the second half when Bryan Oviedo got Adama Traore sent off, by making his hand hit him in the face. I know, it was crazy and if you didn't see the incident it's hard to explain what actually happened. Patrick Bamford equalised in the 49th minute, and Boro were level. A Lee Camp error (surprise) led to a penalty, it was converted by none other than Grant Leadbitter. Jonny Williams made it 2-2 in the 58th minute, then Patrick Bamford scored his second to make it 3-2 in the 68th minute. The game ended with late drama, Callum McManaman scored from a corner in the 90th minute. The game ended 3-3, and it was a welcome point for Chris Coleman’s men.


The last time we faced Boro things didn’t go to plan even before a ball had been kicked to begin the game. Not only was it Mowbray’s second game in charge within a week of joining, our star forward Ross Stewart got injured in the pre-game warm up, an injury that left him out for three months. Boro dominated most of the game, we did have an early chance to go ahead through Alex Pritchard which he should have put away but once that opportunity went by it was all Boro and to be honest, we were lucky it wasn’t more than 1-0.


This time we face a Boro side in a rich vein of form, with only one loss in their last ten league matches. Not to worry though, this time we’re at our home, and with a strong backing from the fans I reckon we’ll get a result worthy of getting up early out of bed for. 2-0 to the Mackems, Stewart and Amad with the goals.