Blackpool v Sunderland – Previous Meetings

Blackpool v Sunderland – Previous Meetings

09.03.20

Blackpool and Sunderland are preparing for only their sixth meeting this century as they face off at Bloomfield Road this weekend.

Eleven Sports Media have sponsored the back of their hometown club’s shirts since July last year and formed a similar partnership with Sunderland – becoming their back-of-shorts sponsor last April.

Ahead of the #ShirtsVShorts clash, we will be taking a look at all the head-to-heads, statistics and records around the fixture as our two partners meet in Lancashire.

With Saturday approaching, we explore the most memorable meetings between the two clubs.

 

Sunderland 1-1 Blackpool – 14th December 2019

 

 

Sunderland and Blackpool’s previous meeting came shortly before Christmas – as former Black Cats’ boss Simon Grayson took the trip up to his former stomping ground.  

Grayson had faced Sunderland once already since his arrival in Lancashire – returning to Bloomfield Road with a point and extending his team’s unbeaten run to six games. This time round, Blackpool had already replicated the same run with their 3-1 victory over Fleetwood Town, and were looking to move up to third in the table.  

Sunderland, on the other hand, were without a win in eight matches – with Phil Parkinson so far losing seven of his twelve games in charge.

The Black Cats’ result against Blackpool was no different – with either side taking a point and Sunderland’s George Dobson receiving his first red card of his career. Blackpool’s failure to capitalise on the booking was likely to have disappointed Grayson – whose side moved down to fifth.

However, the draw was more heart-breaking for the home fans, who could only watch on as their team dropped down to their lowest league position ever.

 

Blackpool 0-1 Sunderland – 1st January 2019

 

 

Sunderland’s last visit to Bloomfield Road came on New Years’ Day last year. The North East side brought almost 8000 fans to Lancashire – taking up a rather large chunk of the 11,000 that attended.

The mackems were not left disappointed, with academy product Josh Maja scoring his 14th league goal of the season to gift his side the win and strengthen their position in the promotion race.

The victory spurred on a superb run for Sunderland, who wouldn’t taste defeat in the league until a dramatic 5-4 loss to Coventry City three months later. However, Blackpool didn’t appear to be too disheartened by the result themselves – losing only two of their next twelve matches.

 

Blackpool 1-2 Sunderland – 22nd January 2011

 

 

During a period that had been dampened by the departure of top scorer Darren Bent, Sunderland were given hope in their bid for European football with a win over Blackpool.

The visitors had just drawn with their fierce rivals, Newcastle United, thanks to an injury-time goal from Asamoah Gyan – leaving them three points off fifth place Tottenham. Despite Blackpool taking all the points at the Stadium of Light less than a month earlier, Sunderland had no doubt they were capable of narrowing the gap between themselves and Spurs.

Kieran Richardson was the hero for the visitors – bagging a first-half double and helping his team move within a point of a European place.

Sunderland 0-2 Blackpool – 28th December 2010

 

The reverse fixture in the 2010/11 season was much more memorable for Blackpool fans – as they left the North East with three points, thanks to a double from DJ Campbell.

Ian Holloway’s men were four months into their debut Premier League season, after a remarkable previous campaign that saw them defeat Cardiff City 3-2 in the Play-Off Final to win promotion.

Blackpool weren’t feeling the pressure of life in the top tier either, as they sat in 10th as they headed into the match at the Stadium of Light. The Lancashire outfit had lost only one of their previous seven league games and were quietly closing in on Sunderland.

Whilst Holloway may have been thankful for the Black Cats’ missed opportunities, nothing could be taken away from Blackpool as they moved within two points of their opponents.

With three games in hand over numerous sides, Blackpool were engulfed in hope and positivity for their first season in the Premier League – however were shortly left wondering what could have been as they began to drop down the table.


Blackpool 3-2 Sunderland – 1st February 1975

 

 

Perhaps the most memorable of meetings for Blackpool fans was their vital 3-2 victory in 1975 – a shock win over second-place Sunderland that threw the promotion race wide open. Harry Potts’ side were sat in seventh in Division Two and were preparing to play in front of their record highest gate of the season, whilst BBC’s Match of the Day cameras swarmed Bloomfield Road to capture the magic.

Despite already leading 2-0 at half-time, it wasn’t the impressive start from Blackpool that made the win a truly fantastic game for the Seasiders. The Black Cats’ eventually fought back with two goals, and as it began to look like Blackpool would have to settle for a point, Mickey Walsh stunned the crowds with a superb last-gap winner.

Fans were on the pitch, Mickey Walsh was a hero and – to make it even better – it was all caught on camera.

 


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