Greatest Away Days: Nott'm For 1 Sunderland 4

by Ashley Houghton

We look back on another memorable away trip.

21st August 1996

After returning to the top flight for the first time in five years, Sunderland were hoping to fare better than their opening-day stalemate with Leicester City at Roker Park.

A trip to Frank Clark’s Nottingham Forest was the first road trip for the Sunderland faithful, and they weren’t to be disappointed as a ruthless performance from Peter Reid’s side led them to a 4-1 victory at the City Ground.

Prior to the game Reid and his players would have been wary of the threat that last season’s UEFA Cup quarter-finalists posed as Kevin Campbell’s hat-trick had given them an opening-day victory over Coventry City at Highfield Road.

As was always the case with Reid’s side, the visitors started with intent and were ahead after eight minutes through Michael Gray.

The away side’s lead was doubled just ten minutes later as Niall Quinn, playing his second game for the club, grabbed a second.

Forest seized a way back into the game just prior to the half-hour as Alf-Inge Haaland slotted home.

Sunderland regained their two-goal advantage just four minutes later as Quinn was a gain on target, much to the delight of the travelling faithful from Wearside.

Cult hero Richard ‘Dickie’ Ord completed the first-half rout as he buried Sunderland’s fourth goal to make it 4-1.

The visitors defended resolutely in the second period to record their first win of the new campaign and move third in the Premier League.

Sunderland: Coton, Ord, Gray, Scott, Melville, Ball, Bracewell, Agnew, Stewart (Russell, 79), Quinn (Bridges, 88), Kubicki.

Subs not used: Perez, Hall, Aiston.


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