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Rovers Rewind: Sunderland - 2000

22 October 2019

For each fixture this season, we will take a trip down memory lane to recall a Tranmere Rovers match against each of our Sky Bet League One opponents.

Tuesday night sees Rovers head up to the North East for an away fixture at Sunderland.

The Stadium of Light clash will be the first meeting between the sides for 19-years, since an FA Cup Fourth-Round tie at Prenton Park in January 2000.

John Aldridge’s men, who played their football in the First Division, recorded another shock when they beat Peter Reid’s then-Premier League Black Cats in a controversial cup tie on the Wirral.

And Tranmere advanced to the Fifth-Round of competition with 10-men, after defender Clint Hill was dismissed by referee Rob Harris in injury-time.

Wayne Allison was the hero for Rovers that afternoon, as their giant-killing reputation continued with another scalp against a top flight outfit.

In a feisty tie played in front of over 15, 000, the forward hooked an effort right-footed from inside the penalty area beyond Sunderland goalkeeper and Denmark international Thomas Sorensen.

Rovers would progress but had their own stopper John Achterberg to thank as he kept out efforts from Kevin Phillips and Nicky Summerbee.

Tranmere would go onto make it through to the Quarter-Final of the competition, and after winning 2-1 at Fulham in the Fifth-Round, they were narrowly beaten 3-2 at home to Newcastle United.

TRFC: Achterberg, Yates, Challinor, Hill, Roberts, Parkinson, Henry, Jones, Koumas, Allison, Kelly

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