Niall Quinn

Retro Red and White

by Stuart Vose

Look back on programme from 2001-02 draw.

Niall Quinn took to the cover of Red and White ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle in April 2001.

Sunderland were pushing for a European place when they welcomed Sir Bobby Robson’s Magpies to the Stadium of Light.

“There can no bigger incentive for everybody connected with the club to try and bounce back from two successive defeats over the Easter programme,” boss Peter Reid wrote in his notes.

“We’ve got four matches to go and from being in a good position to qualify for Europe, it’s now out of our hands.

“Other teams have been getting results and and we’ve now got to go out and get as many points as we possibly can.”

The derby edition also featured an exclusive interview with Stefan Schwarz, a man with plenty of experience of derby matches.

“I can honestly say that as far as pride and passion is concerned, there is nothing to compare with a match between Sunderland and Newcastle,” the Swede said.

“This is my second season here now and while I didn’t play in our victory at St James’ Park earlier in the season, I know just how much it meant to everybody, including the players and supporters.”

Meanwhile Gateshead-born Don Hutchinson also spoke to Red and White as he looked back with satisfaction on a useful campaign.

“I think my first season here has gone very well,” he said.

“I’ve said before the gaffer was expecting goals from midfield to take the pressure off the front lads and I am looking to get into double figures before the season is finished.

“I’m not one for stats and I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve achieved that.

“I don’t mind where I play as long as I am doing a job for the team and wherever the gaffer wants me to play, I’ll do it.”

In sadder news, there was a fulsome tribute to the memory of Jim Baxter, the former Sunderland player who had passed away a week earlier.