Ex Men: Manchester City


safc.com profiles three of the 49 players to play for both Sunderland and Man City.

Niall Quinn

Sunderland legend Niall Quinn scored 69 goals in 220 games for the Black Cats between 1996 and 2002.

Quinn, who spent five years as Sunderland chairman between 2006 and 2011, will always be fondly remembered for his winner in a 2-1 Tyne-Wear derby victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

The Republic of Ireland international began his career with Arsenal before moving to City for £800,000 in March 1990.

He became a fans’ favourite at Maine Road and scored 78 goals in 245 games before moving to Wearside to join up with his former City boss, Peter Reid.

Dennis Tueart

Dennis Tueart is remembered fondly by both sets of fans for his roles in respective cup wins for Sunderland and Manchester City.

At Sunderland, where he progressed through the youth ranks after moving from Newcastle schools, he made a total of 214 appearances and scored 56 goals as well as playing in every round as the Black Cats won the FA Cup in 1973.

It’s fair to say that Tueart’s two spells in Manchester proved to be the most successful of his playing career as he scored a memorable overhead kick to win the 1976 League Cup final against his hometown club, Newcastle.

Tueart returned 109 goals in 276 games in his two spells at Maine Road and also spent time on the club’s board at the end of his career.

Gary Bennett

Gary Bennett progressed through the youth ranks at Manchester City but didn’t manage to make any league appearances for the Maine Road club.

‘Benno’, as he is affectionately known on Wearside, was at City at a time when the club was blessed with an array of talent including Asa Hartford and Peter Barnes.

Gary joined Cardiff in September 1981 and spent three years in Wales before moving to Sunderland where he would become a club legend.

Fondly remembered for fine strikes against Manchester United in 1990 and also his goal against Gillingham which sent the 1987 Division Two relegation play-off tie into extra time, Bennett made 444 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 26 goals.

The Manchester-born defender is the fifth highest appearance-maker in the club’s history.