Niall Quinn has picked out his winning goal against arch rivals Newcastle United as his favourite moment in a Sunderland shirt.
The Black Cats legend enjoyed six years on Wearside as a player in a spell which saw them achieve back-to-back seventh place finishes in the Premier League.
One of those seasons was the 1999-2000 campaign which saw Quinn lead Peter Reid’s side to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over the Magpies in November of that year.
The game looked destined to finish 1-1 before Quinn scored a header in the closing stages to silence the home supporters at St James’ Park.
Asked about his favourite Sunderland memory on the Positive Vibes podcast, Quinn said: “I think the one that sticks out is my header against the Mags. Micky Gray whipped one in from the far corner flag and I was galloping up the pitch.
“We had been defending a corner and I ran as fast as I can and I got there just in time, planted a header in the corner past Shay Given.
“I went up to Micky and the fans. We had about 700 fans up in the Gods and I remember looking up to them and thinking that was the moment my Sunderland career pivoted.
“It was just a great time. It is shown occasionally on TV and it sort of brings back the goosebumps.
“It was something else in those days. Newcastle had a top team, Middlesbrough had a top team and we had a very good team.
“We used to finish regularly in the top half of the Premier League and there was such a buzz around the place.
“Middlesbrough were getting to cup finals, Newcastle were getting to the Champions League and we were knocking on the door of various things and we had the golden boot winner in Kevin Phillips.
“They were great times. Newcastle Falcons were the best rugby team in the country, unemployment was thing of the past – it was a great time for the North East.
“But that goal against Newcastle is the best moment of it all.”
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There’s no doubt that Niall Quinn is a Sunderland legend.
His goals for the Black Cats will mark him as one of their most successful strikers as he linked up with Kevin Phillips.
To score such a decisive goal against rivals Newcastle United at St James’ Park is the stuff that dreams are made of and would propel any player into the role of cult hero as a result.
The fact that he did so much more is just testament to how big a player he was for the club – both on and off the pitch.