Sunderland vs Newcastle – FA Cup third-round: Live score, team news and updates as Kieran


Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest scores, team news and updates as Sunderland host Newcastle in the FA Cup third-round.

The list of players who have represented both Sunderland and Newcastle is vast but arguably none have caused more controversy than Lee Clark. The man who went from local fan favourite at Newcastle to the villain at Sunderland.

Clark came through the ranks at his boyhood club, making over 200 appearances for Newcastle before making the move to Sunderland in 1997.

After two successful years bridging the Tyne-Wear divide and taking Sunderland back to the Premier League, it all came crashing down when the midfielder was pictured in London wearing a ‘Sad Mackem B*****d’ t-shirt with Newcastle fans before their 1999 FA Cup final at Wembley.

Newcastle hierarchy are in the building

Led by the unflappable Amanda Staveley, they get exactly the sort of welcome they would have expected.

Mike Ashley was barred from wearing a Magpies jersey when he visited the Stadium of Light, and the club director toes the line in a pointed black dress with white piping.

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Tripper takes back the armband

Today’s captain was an injury doubt, but Howe backs his man to start and move on from a tricky December.

He remains the arguably talismanic purchase of the PIF era, but can he help the side pull off a win in testing conditions today?

Here, Sofascore runs the rules over his season so far.

It was the night the heavens opened and hell descended on Newcastle. Forget Tyne-Wear hostilities, it was the civil war between Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer that blew a hole in the derby of 1999.

The Dutch boss named England’s captain on the bench and started instead with rookie Paul Robinson, a Sunderland fan, in attack. Duncan Ferguson was also kept in reserve, while Tommy Wright was in goal. Many fans arrived at St James’ Park not realising Wright had re-signed on an emergency loan.

When the line-ups were revealed in the press room, one journalist famously remarked: ‘That’s not a team sheet, it’s a suicide note.’

Breaking: TEAM NEWS – How Sunderland and Newcastle line up

Sean Longstaff speaks to ITV

Longstaff the elder was finishing his last season in Newcastle’s youth side the last time this time was played.

It is an image of extraordinary and atmospheric beauty. A study in monochrome which distils the essence of this weekend — FA Cup third-round weekend — and captures with its snow, its steam, its masses muffled up against the cold in an unfamiliar and evocative place, the most precious moment of our football year.

Bradford City v Brentford, played out in January 1955, against the backdrop of the Valley Road Power Station, the terraced back-to-backs of Manningham Lane and advertising hoardings promoting ointment, beer and crisps, has not lived on in third-round legend.

But behind the image of the Lowryesque match-stick men, fighting it out on a snow-bound surface with line markings dug out of the white, is the story of the titanic struggles of two clubs cast into the limelight and desperate to stay there for just a few weeks longer..

Confirmation: Boyhood fan extremely up for the derby

Rather than stare stone-facedly towards the player entrance, Airpod Max headphones firmly clamped over each ear, Dan Burn made the most of things with a deliciously villainous gesture.

Scroll down for Craig Hope’s video from the scene for the full immersive experience.

Newcastle United's Dan Burn arrives ahead of the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Picture date: Saturday January 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or

Eddie Howe says he does not seek daily reassurance from Newcastle’s owners over his job security – but admits a Wear-Tyne derby win would be the ‘spark’ his team needs.

The Magpies have lost seven of their last eight games and, while the head coach retains the support of fans and the club’s hierarchy, another defeat at the Stadium of Light could change the mood on Tyneside.

Bur rather than meet the FA Cup third-round tie with trepidation, Howe sees it as an opportunity.

Newcastle writer Craig Hope is travelling with the visitors today

I’d put the language warning at a tentative 12A.

History debates when exactly the divide between Sunderland and Newcastle began to fester, but its roots are fiercely economic, based in Newcastle’s monopoly on the coal trade, granted by royal permission.

The neighbour’s boom was Sunderland’s bust, and when the English Civil War started, the two cities took up arms against one another as Cavaliers and Roundheads…

Relations are no less strained 372 years later…

Last time out…

As harrowing as it might feel to some readers (and writers), 2016 was nearly eight years ago, and there have been wholesale changes at both Sunderland and Newcastle.

But the Black Cats will no doubt be keen to remind their loathed opposition that they’ve gone without a win in their most recent nine match-ups.

The solitary bright spot for the Magpies came with Newcastle ending their losing streak thanks to an equaliser courtesy of self-proclaimed ‘Geordie boy’ Aleksandar Mitrovic – who was forced to play over-under with jubliant fan who ran to celebrate with the Serbian on the pitch… only to slip on the overwatered turf.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United heads past Vito Mannone of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on March 20, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United collides with a fan as he celebrates scoring their first and equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on March 20, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Game ended a 1-1 draw.

Mail Sport’s Aadam Patel is on the scene at St James’ Park

Travelling fans have been banned from taking public transport to the tie by Northumbria Police in a bid to avoid clashes on the Metro, so it was a bright and early start across the Tyne for the visitors.

North-east rivals Sunderland and Newcastle United meet in a crunch FA Cup third round clash this Saturday lunchtime – and we can be assured no quarter will be given.

Down the years, both clubs have enjoyed magical moments in the world’s oldest and greatest knockout competition.

Newcastle have six cup wins to their credit but they haven’t lifted the famous trophy since way back in 1955…

Creative taunts from the travelling fans

Beyonce last played at the Stadium of Light before her sold-out May 2023 date in…. 2016.

No need to adjust your screens

First, a little context on the tie’s most recent round of controversy…

Sunderland fas were forced to do a double-take when images began circulating of Newcastle’s decorations in the away fans’ hospitality bar on Thursday afternoon but their eyes didn’t deceive them – things were black and white on Wearside.

Cue mass uproar from one set of supporters, widespread gloating from another, and a sheepish apology from Sunderland’s hierarchy.

Catch up on Mail Sport’s reporting on one particularly unwanted makeover below.

Good morning!

Hello and welcome to Mail Sport’s live coverage of the FA Cup derby clash between Sunderland and Newcastle, kicking off this afternoon at the Stadium of Light at 12.45pm.

This one should be one for the books. The Tyne-Wear – or more specifically, Wear-Tyne – derby hasn’t been played for eight years, and this is the first iteration of the clash under both of the clubs’ new owners.

Fans are primed, Northumbria Police are primed, and we’re primed for an enormous Third Round fixture, so make sure to stick around as we give you all the build-up, team news, and more ahead this afternoon’s action.

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