Picture gallery: Memories of the day Sunderland thumped Chelsea 4-1

SUNDERLAND take on unbeaten Chelsea in the Premier League later today hoping for a repeat of a classic encounter from 1999.

Back in December that year Peter Reid’s Black Cats thumped Chelsea 4-1 at the Stadium of Light with star strikers Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips both scoring a brace.

Niall Quinn sends home Sunderland's fourth goal.

Niall Quinn sends home Sunderland's fourth goal.

Ahead of today’s match we delved into the archives to bring you a selection of photographs from that memorable day 15 years ago.

Indeed the Chelsea victory was one of the highlights of Quinn’s Sunderland career.

Quinn said: “It was a stand-out game for me in my time at Sunderland.”

The 48-year-old Dubliner was reflecting on the day itself in an interview with the Sunderland Echo earlier this week.

Sunderland beat Chelsea 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland beat Chelsea 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.

You can read the full interview with Niall Quinn by clicking here and see whether Quinn believes Sunderland can beat Chelsea by clicking here

Sunderland beat Chelsea 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland beat Chelsea 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.