Ex-Men: Newcastle

by Ashley Houghton

We profile players who've featured for both clubs.

Barry Venison

Consett-born Barry Venison came through the youth ranks with Sunderland and went on to make exactly 200 appearances in his five years with the club.

An aggressive tackler with an impressive passing range, Venison became the youngest-ever captain in a Wembley Cup Final when he captained the Black Cats in the 1985 League Cup defeat to Norwich.

In 1986, Liverpool paid £250,000 for Venison’s services and he went on to make his solitary two appearances for England during his time at Anfield.

It was the most successful period of Venison’s career; he won two league titles and the FA Cup in his six years on Merseyside.

In 1992, Venison joined up with Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United and in 1993 he gained promotion to the Premier League with the Magpies.

He made over 100 appearances on Tyneside before moving to Galatasaray and Southampton prior to his retirement.

Paul Bracewell

Paul Bracewell made his Sunderland debut as a 21-year-old having followed manager Alan Durban from Stoke City in 1983.

The ball-winning midfielder had three spells on Wearside either side of moves to Everton and Newcastle.

Bracewell won the European Cup Winners' Cup whilst with the Toffees before returning to Sunderland for his second spell.

In 1992 he joined the Magpies and made over 80 appearances on Tyneside before his last spell at Sunderland when he helped the Wearsiders to promotion to the Premier League.

In total, Bracewell made 225 appearances for Sunderland before moving into management with Fulham and Halifax Town.

He featured in’s ‘Where are they Now?’ feature last month and he is currently working with local children at the Complete Football Academy in Newcastle.

Titus Bramble

Titus Bramble started his career with local side Ipswich Town after progressing through the youth ranks with the Tractor Boys.

The 31-year-old played over 60 times for Ipswich before moving to Newcastle United in 2002.

He made over 150 appearances for the Magpies before moving to Wigan Athletic in 2007.

After impressing in his time in Lancashire, Steve Bruce snapped the England U21 international up in 2010 and Bramble has since made 51 appearances for the Black Cats.