The Wear-Tyne derby is one of the fiercest of rivalries in English football, pitting the north-east outfits of Newcastle United and Sunderland against each other.
Just 12 miles separate the two cities, with the Magpies based at St James’ Park and the Black Cats situated at the Stadium of Light.
Success for both of these well-supported clubs has been sparse for a long time, with Newcastle’s last major trophy the 1968/69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and Sunderland’s the 1973 FA Cup.
The last meeting between these two ended in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park in March 2016, but they will lock horns on Saturday 6th January in the third round of the FA Cup.
The FA Cup third-round tie between Sunderland and Newcastle will take place at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 6th January.
It will be the first time these two have clashed at the Stadium of Light since October 2015, when the Black Cats ran out 3-0 winners.
Saturday’s clash kicks off at 12:45. If there is a draw between the two teams, then there will be a replay at St James’ Park.
Unless meeting in the latter stages of a cup competition, the Wear-Tyne derby is staged at either Newcastle’s ground, St James’ Park, or Sunderland’s home, the Stadium of Light.
St James’ Park has a capacity of 52,305, making it the eighth largest stadium in England, while the Stadium of Light is the ninth largest with a capacity of 49,000.
The FA Cup third-round tie will be available to watch on bet365’s Sports Live Streaming platform, while the game will also be broadcast on ITV1 and streamed on ITVX.
The first meeting between Sunderland and Newcastle took place on Christmas Eve in 1898, when the Black Cats edged out the Magpies 3-2 in Division One.
There have been a total of 156 meetings between the pair, with both sides chalking up 53 victories alongside 50 draws.
Sunderland have had the bragging rights in this fixture for over the last decade, having won six and drawn three of the last nine meetings.
The last victory for Newcastle in the Wear-Tyne derby came in August 2011 at the Stadium of Light when Ryan Taylor’s goal proved to be the difference.
The biggest result in this fixture came back on 5th December 1908, when the Black Cats ran out 9-1 winners at St James’ Park. This is also the Wearsiders’ biggest ever away victory, while it is Newcastle’s biggest home defeat in the league.
Newcastle’s largest victory margin in the Wear-Tyne derby is 6-1, which they achieved in 1920 at home and in 1955 on the road.
George Holley is Sunderland’s leading goalscorer in the Wear-Tyne derby, having netted 15 times (13 league 2 cup), while Jackie Milburn holds that honour for Newcastle with 11 goals (9 league 2 cup).
Sunderland's run of six victories from 14th April 2013 to 25th October 2015 is the longest streak in this fixture, while Newcastle's five-match winning sequence from 24th February 2022 to 17th April 2006 is their record.
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