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Last Time We Met Sunderland

9 November 2018

Port Vale host Sunderland in the Emirates FA Cup First Round this Sunday and a bumper crowd is expected at Vale Park for the televised game, but what happened when the two sides last met?

You have to go back 20 years to December 1998 to find the last fixture between Vale and the Black Cats, with Sunderland coming out as 2-0 winners at the Stadium of Light to seal all three points in the Nationwide First Division.

The season's earlier clash also went in Sunderland's favour, with Peter Reid's men claiming the victory at Vale Park courtesy of a strike from Niall Quinn and an own goal from Neil Aspin. The Black Cats did go on to win the league title that season, amassing a tally of 105 points in doing so.

Vale have also come up against Sunderland on a few occasions in the FA Cup, and despite losing 3-0 in 1992, the Valiants' record is impressive. Having drawn the initial clashes away from home in both 1936 and 1962, Vale won the respective replays 2-0 and 3-1. 

Sunday's clash will only be the 21st between the two clubs in history, with Vale winning four of the previous 20 meetings. Nine of those also ended in a draw, whilst Sunderland have came out on top on seven occasions.

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