The Sunderland & Newcastle Utd divide dream team

New Signing Jack Colback
New Signing Jack Colback

JACK Colback completed his move from Sunderland to Newcastle United on Monday, and in doing so became the latest in a long list of players to play for both North-East rivals.

Some stalwarts of both clubs have crossed the divide in the past, with mixed results.

Here, SportMail looks at an XI of players to have played for both Newcastle and Sunderland, as well as a set of substitutes and manager.

Goalkeeper: Shay Given (NUFC 463 apps; SAFC 17 apps)

Only two players have made more appearances for Newcastle than Given, who played for the club between 1997 and 2009.

However, in 1996, he spent a loan spell at Sunderland, who he helped to promotion from the second tier with 12 clean sheets in 17 games.

Right-back: Barry Venison (NUFC 130 apps; SAFC 205 apps)

Venison, from Consett, came through the ranks at Sunderland, like Colback.

However, after a six-year spell at Liverpool, he joined Newcastle in 1992, where he became a favourite among fans and was an important part of Kevin Keegan’s swashbuckling team.

Left-back: Ron Guthrie (NUFC 63 apps; SAFC 81 apps)

One of the few players to have won a major trophy for both clubs, Guthrie triumphed in the Fairs Cup with Newcastle in 1969, and the FA Cup with Sunderland four years later.

Centre-back: Bob Moncur (NUFC 346 apps; SAFC 101 apps)

Moncur is best known as the last Newcastle captain to win a trophy, as he led the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup-winning team.

However, after leaving United in 1974, he moved to Sunderland, where he stayed for two years.

Centre-back: Jeff Clarke (NUFC 134 apps; SAFC 218 apps)

Similarly to Colback, Clarke spent the majority of his early days at Sunderland before completing a free transfer to Newcastle in 1982.

He won promotion to the top flight with both North-East clubs, spending seven years on Wearside and five on Tyneside.

Central midfielder: Lee Clark (NUFC 261 apps; SAFC 85 apps)

Boyhood Newcastle fan Clark came through the youth system at St James’s Park and was a vital part of Keegan’s mid-1990s side.

After falling out of favour, he moved to Sunderland in 1997, and although he helped them to promotion, he was best remembered there for wearing an anti-Sunderland shirt. He never played for the club again, and later returned to Newcastle to end his career after a six-year spell at Fulham.

Central midfielder: Paul Bracewell (NUFC 85 apps; SAFC 270 apps)

Bracewell had three spells at Sunderland in his career, but also played for Newcastle between 1992 and 1995.

He is held in high esteem by both sets of supporters, but is best remembered for his times with Sunderland, who he joined for a third occasion in 1995 before helping them to promotion.

Central midfielder: Stan Anderson (NUFC 84 apps; SAFC 447 apps)

The Horden-born player became a Sunderland legend between 1952 and 1963, before later spending two years at Newcastle.

Anderson represented three clubs in his career, with the other being Middlesbrough, and became the first player to captain all of the North-East’s ‘big three’.

Right-winger: Ivor Broadis (NUFC 51 apps; SAFC 84 apps)

Broadis spent two-year periods at both clubs, first representing Sunderland between 1949 and 1951, and then Newcastle between 1953 and 1955.

The inside forward was part of the last domestic cup-winning Newcastle squad, which won the FA Cup in 1955.

Left-winger: Chris Waddle (NUFC 191 apps; SAFC 7 apps)

Waddle, from Felling, joined Newcastle from Tow Law Town in 1980, and mesmerised fans with his ability before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 1985.

After playing for a host of clubs, the winger joined Sunderland – who he had supported as a boy – for a short spell in 1997.

Striker: Len Shackleton (NUFC 64 apps; SAFC 348 apps)

Shackleton joined Newcastle after World War Two, before moving to Sunderland for a then club record fee of £20,500 in 1948.

He is remembered as one of the club’s all-time greats after scoring 101 goals in nine years, but he ended his career without winning a major trophy.


Alan Kennedy (NUFC 199 apps; SAFC 67 apps)

Just missed out on a place in the starting XI, Kennedy had a similar career path to Venison, although he started at Newcastle before joining Liverpool, who he won five league titles and two European Cups with.

In 1986, he returned to the North-East with hometown club Sunderland, where he stayed until 1987.

Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson (NUFC 244 apps; SAFC 182 apps)

Another to unluckily be on the bench. The striker enjoyed a fine goalscoring record throughout his career, and won the Fairs Cup with Newcastle before later excelling for Sunderland

David Kelly (NUFC 79 apps; SAFC 40 apps)

Newcastle’s leading goalscorer as they won promotion to the Premier League in 1993, the striker went on to help Sunderland to the same feat in 1996.

Michael Chopra (NUFC 31 apps; SAFC 42 apps)

The striker was tipped for big things when he came through the ranks at Newcastle, but had to leave in search of regular first-team football. He later moved to Sunderland for £5m, and had a mixed time at the Stadium of Light.

Alan Foggon (NUFC 80 apps; SAFC 10 apps)

The forward started his career at Newcastle in 1967, but had a short spell at Sunderland between 1976 and 1977.

Manager – Bob Stokoe (NUFC apps 287; SAFC manager 1972-76 & 1987)

Stokoe is best remembered as the manager who led Sunderland to their famous FA Cup win in 1973, but he also enjoyed a distinguished time at Newcastle as a player between 1950 and 1960, winning the FA Cup as a player in 1955 among his 261 appearances. Transcended the derby rivalry.