1989–90 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland
1989–90 season
Manager Denis Smith
Stadium Roker Park
Second Division 6th (promoted via playoffs)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fifth round
Full Members Cup First round
Top goalscorer League:
Marco Gabbiadini (21)
All:
Marco Gabbiadini (25)
Highest home attendance 29,449 (vs. Newcastle United, 24 September)
Lowest home attendance 13,017 (vs. Leicester City, 10 March)
Average home league attendance 17,777
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1989–90 season Sunderland competed in the Football League Second Division. They finished sixth in the league and were promoted via the play-offs.

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Tim Carter
Wales GK Tony Norman
England DF Gary Bennett
England DF Paul Hardyman
England DF John Kay
England DF Richard Ord
England DF Reuben Agboola
England DF Mick Heathcote
Scotland DF John MacPhail
England MF Brian Atkinson
England MF Gordon Armstrong
England MF Paul Bracewell
No. Position Player
England MF John Cornforth
England MF Gary Owers
Wales MF Colin Pascoe
Scotland MF Kieron Brady
England MF Paul Lemon
Wales FW Riccardo Gabbiadini
England FW Eric Gates
England FW Marco Gabbiadini
England FW Warren Hawke
England FW David Rush
Germany FW Thomas Hauser

Results[edit]

Sunderland's score comes first.

Win Draw Loss

Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1989 Swindon Town County Ground 2-0 10,199 Gates and Hawke
22 August 1989 Ipswich Town Roker Park 2-4 15,965 Gates and Gabbiadini
27 August 1989 Middlesbrough Roker Park 2-1 21,569 Pascoe and Bennett
2 September 1989 West Brom The Hawthorns 1-1 10,885 Gabbiadini
9 September 1989 Watford Roker Park 4-0 15,042 Armstrong and Gabbiadini (3)
16 September 1989 Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 1-1 10,329 MacPhail
24 September 1989 Newcastle United Roker Park 0-0 29,449
27 September 1989 Leicester City Filbert Street 3-2 10,843 Armstrong, Hardyman and Owers
30 September 1989 Sheffield United Roker Park 1-1 22,760 Deane O.G.
7 October 1989 Bournemouth Roker Park 3-2 15,933 Gates (2) and Gabbiadini
14 October 1989 Leeds United Elland Road 0-2 27,815
18 October 1989 West Ham United Boleyn Ground 0-5 20,901
21 October 1989 Bradford City Roker Park 1-0 14,849 MacPhail
28 October 1989 Stoke City Victoria Ground 2-0 12,480 Bracewell and Gabbiadini
31 October 1989 Barnsley Roker Park 4-2 14,234 Gates(2), Hardyman and Bennett
4 November 1989 Oldham Athletic Boundary Park 1-2 8,829 Owers
11 November 1989 Wolves Roker Park 1-1 20,660 Hardyman
18 November 1989 Plymouth Argyle Roker Park 3-1 15,033 Owers, Ord and Gabbiadini
25 November 1989 Brighton Goldstone Ground 2-1 8,681 Owers and Gabbiadini
2 December 1989 Swindon Town Roker Park 2-2 15,849 Armstrong and Hauser
9 December 1989 Ipswich Town Portman Road 1-1 13,833 Owers
16 December 1989 Portsmouth Fratton Park 3-3 7,127 Hardyman, Bennett and Gabbiadini
26 December 1989 Oxford United Roker Park 1-0 24,075 Gabbiadini
30 December 1989 Port Vale Roker Park 2-2 21,354 Hauser and Gabbiadini
1 January 1990 Hull City Boothferry Park 2-3 9,346 Owers and Hauser
14 January 1990 Middlesbrough Ayresome Park 0-3 17,698
20 January 1990 West Brom Roker Park 1-1 15,583 Gabbiadini
4 February 1990 Newcastle United St James' Park 1-1 31,572 Gabbiadini
10 February 1990 Blackburn Rovers Roker Park 0-1 16,043
17 February 1990 Watford Vicarage Road 1-1 9,093 Hauser
24 February 1990 Brighton Roker Park 2-1 14,528 Hauser (2)
3 March 1990 Plymouth Argyle Home Park 0-3 7,299
10 March 1990 Leicester City Roker Park 2-2 13,017 Armstrong and Gabbiadini
17 March 1990 Bournemouth Dean Court 1-0 6,328 Gabbiadini
20 March 1990 Leeds United Roker Park 0-1 17,851
24 March 1990 West Ham United Roker Park 4-3 13,896 Kieron Brady, Hardyman, Owers and Gabbiadini
31 March 1990 Bradford City Valley Parade 1-0 9,826 Kieron Brady
3 April 1990 Sheffield United Bramall Lane 3-1 20,588 Bracewell and Gabbiadini (2)
7 April 1990 Stoke City Roker Park 2-1 17,119 Armstrong and Gabbiadini
10 April 1990 Barnsley Oakwell 0-1 11,141
14 April 1990 Hull City Roker Park 0-1 17,437
16 April 1990 Oxford United Manor Ground 1-0 21,212 Gabbiadini
21 April 1990 Portsmouth Roker Park 2-2 14,379 Armstrong (2)
28 April 1990 Wolves Molineux Stadium 1-0 19,463 Hardyman
1 May 1990 Port Vale Vale Park 2-1 9,447 Hardyman and Owers
5 May 1990 Oldham Athletic Roker Park 2-3 22,243 Owers and Armstrong

Play-offs[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 May 1990 Semi Final Leg 1 Newcastle United Roker Park 0-0 26,641
16 May 1990 Semi Final Leg 2 Newcastle United St James' Park 2-0 (2-0 on aggregate) 32,199 Gates and Gabbiadini
28 May 1990 Final Swindon Town Wembley 0-1 72,873

League table[1][edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Leeds United 46 16 6 1 46 18 8 7 8 33 34 79 52 + 27 85 Promoted
2 Sheffield United 46 14 5 4 43 27 10 8 5 35 31 78 58 + 20 85 Promoted
3 Newcastle United 46 17 4 2 51 26 5 10 8 29 29 80 55 + 25 80
4 Swindon Town 46 12 6 5 49 29 8 8 7 30 30 79 59 + 20 74 [2]
5 Blackburn Rovers 46 10 9 4 43 30 9 8 6 31 29 74 60 + 14 74
6 Sunderland 46 10 8 5 41 32 10 6 7 29 32 70 64 + 8 74 Promoted
7 West Ham United 46 14 5 4 50 22 6 7 10 30 35 80 57 + 23 72
8 Oldham Athletic 46 15 7 1 50 23 4 7 12 20 34 70 57 + 13 71
9 Ipswich Town 46 13 7 3 38 22 6 5 12 29 44 67 51 + 16 69
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 12 5 6 37 20 6 8 9 30 40 67 50 + 17 67
11 Port Vale 46 11 9 3 37 20 4 7 12 25 37 62 57 + 5 61
12 Portsmouth 46 9 8 6 40 34 6 8 9 22 31 62 65 – 3 61
13 Leicester City 46 10 8 5 34 29 5 6 12 33 50 67 79 – 12 59
14 Hull City 46 7 8 8 27 31 7 8 8 31 34 58 65 – 7 58
15 Watford 46 11 6 6 41 28 3 9 11 17 32 58 60 – 2 57
16 Plymouth Argyle 46 9 8 6 30 23 5 5 13 28 40 58 63 – 5 55
17 Oxford United 46 8 7 8 35 31 7 2 14 22 35 57 66 – 9 54
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 6 7 28 27 5 3 15 28 45 56 72 – 16 54
19 Barnsley 46 7 9 7 22 23 6 6 11 27 48 49 71 – 22 54
20 West Bromwich Albion 46 6 8 9 35 37 6 7 10 32 34 67 71 – 4 51
21 Middlesbrough 46 10 3 10 33 29 3 8 12 19 34 52 63 – 11 50
22 Bournemouth 46 8 6 9 30 31 4 6 13 27 45 57 76 – 19 48 Relegated
23 Bradford City 46 9 6 8 26 24 0 8 15 18 44 44 68 – 24 41 Relegated
24 Stoke City 46 4 11 8 20 24 2 8 13 15 39 35 63 – 28 37 Relegated

Note: Although Swindon Town won the play-offs, they were denied promotion due to their financial irregularities. They were also initially relegated to the Third Division for the following season, but this was overturned on appeal. Sunderland, as the losing play-offs finalists, were promoted in their place.

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 September 1989 Round 2 Leg 1 Fulham Roker Park 1-1 11,416 Hardyman
3 October 1989 Round 2 Leg 2 Fulham Craven Cottage 3-0 (4-1 on aggregate) 6,314 Armstrong and Gabbiadini (2)
24 October 1989 Round 3 Bournemouth Roker Park 1-1 12,595 Gabbiadini
7 November 1989 Round 3 replay Bournemouth Dean Court 1-0 8,500 Gabbiadini
29 November 1989 Round 4 Exeter City St James Park 2-2 8,643 Armstrong and Gates
5 December 1989 Round 4 replay Exeter City Roker Park 5-2 18,130 Armstrong, Hardyman, Pascoe and Gates (2)
17 January 1990 Round 5 Coventry City Roker Park 0-0 27,218
24 January 1990 Round 5 replay Coventry City Highfield Road 0-5 21,219

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 January 1990 Round 3 Reading Elm Park 1-2 9,344 Armstrong

Full Members Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 November 1989 Round 1 Port Vale Roker Park 1-2 7,035 Armstrong

Statistics[edit]

Goal scorers[edit]

Nation Name League League Cup FA Cup Total
England Marco Gabbiadini 21 4 0 25
England Gordon Armstrong 8 3 1 12
England Gary Owers 9 0 0 9
England Eric Gates 6 3 0 9
England Paul Hardyman 7 2 0 9
Germany Thomas Hauser 6 0 0 6
England Gary Bennett 3 0 0 3
England Paul Bracewell 2 0 0 2
Scotland Kieron Brady 2 0 0 2
Scotland John MacPhail 2 0 0 2
Wales Colin Pascoe 1 1 0 2
England Richard Ord 1 0 0 1
England Warren Hawke 1 0 0 1
/ Own goals 1 0 0 1
/ Totals 70 13 1 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English Division Two (old) 1989-1990 : Table". Statto Organisation Limited. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Sunderland were eventually promoted after prosecutions against Swindon Town.