1990–91 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland
1990–91 season
Manager Denis Smith
Stadium Roker Park
First Division 19th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Full Members Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Marco Gabbiadini (8)
All: Marco Gabbiadini (10)
Highest home attendance 31,107
Lowest home attendance 17,899
Average home league attendance 22,534

During the 1990–91 season Sunderland competed in the Football League First Division, the League Cup and the FA Cup. They finished 19th in the First Division and were relegated. Marco Gabbiadini was the top scorer in the First Division with 8 goals. They were knocked out of the League Cup in Round 3. Marco Gabbiadini was the top scorer in the League Cup with 2 goals. They were knocked out of The FA Cup in Round 3. No Sunderland players scored in the FA Cup. Marco Gabbiadini was the top scorer in all competitions with 10 goals. At the end of the season, Kevin Ball won the club's official Player Of The Season award, as well as the SAFC Supporters' Association Player Of The Season award.

Players[edit]

First-team 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 Kevin Ball
England DF Gary Bennett
England DF Paul Hardyman
England DF John Kay
England DF Richard Ord
England DF Ian Sampson
England DF Anth Smith
Nigeria DF Reuben Agboola[notes 1]
England MF Brian Atkinson
England MF Gordon Armstrong
No. Position Player
England MF Paul Bracewell
England MF John Cornforth
England MF Martin Gray
England MF Gary Owers
Wales MF Colin Pascoe
Republic of Ireland MF Kieron Brady[notes 2]
Republic of Ireland MF Brian Mooney
England FW Peter Davenport
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

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25 September 1990 Round 2 Leg 1 Bristol City Roker Park 0-1 10,358
9 October 1990 Round 2 Leg 2 Bristol City Ashton Gate 6-1 (6-2 on aggregate) 11,776 Ball, Owers, Hauser, Cullen and Gabbiadini (2)
31 October 1990 Round 3 Derby County The Baseball Ground 0-6 16,442

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
5 January 1991 Round 3 Arsenal Highbury 1-2 35,128 O'Leary (own goal)

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25 August 1990 Norwich City Carrow Road 2-3 17,247 Davenport and Gabbiadini
28 August 1990 Tottenham Hotspur Roker Park 0-0 30,214
1 September 1990 Manchester United Roker Park 2-1 26,105 Owers and Bennett
8 September 1990 Chelsea Stamford Bridge 2-3 19,424 Brady and Gabbiadini
15 September 1990 Everton Roker Park 2-2 25,004 Davenport (pen) and Gabbiadini
22 September 1990 Wimbledon Plough Lane 2-2 6,143 Davenport and Gordon Armstrong
29 September 1990 Liverpool Roker Park 0-1 31,107
6 October 1990 Aston Villa Villa Park 0-3 26,017
20 October 1990 Luton Town Roker Park 2-0 20,025 Davenport and Gabbiadini
27 October 1990 Arsenal Highbury 0-1 38,539
31 October 2003 Derby County The Baseball Ground 0-6 16,422
3 November 1990 Manchester City Roker Park 1-1 23,137 Davenport
10 November 1990 Coventry City Roker Park 0-0 20,101
17 November 1990 Nottingham Forest The City Ground 0-2 22,757
24 November 1990 Sheffield United Bramall Lane 2-0 19,179 Gabbiadini
1 December 1990 Derby County Roker Park 1-2 21,212 Armstrong
8 December 1990 Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 3-3 30,431 Pascoe (2) and Davenport
15 December 1990 Norwich City Roker Park 1-2 18,693 Armstrong
23 December 1990 Leeds United Roker Park 0-1 23,773
26 December 1990 Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 1-2 15,228 Rush
29 December 1990 Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 2-3 11,072 Ball (pen) and Pascoe
1 January 1991 Southampton Roker Park 1-0 19,757 Ball (pen)
12 January 1991 Manchester United Old Trafford 0-3 45,934
19 January 1991 Chelsea Roker Park 1-0 20,038 Pascoe
2 February 1991 Everton Goodison Park 0-2 23,124
16 February 1991 Nottingham Forest Roker Park 1-0 20,394 Gabbiadini
23 February 1991 Coventry City Highfield Road 0-0 10,453
2 March 1991 Derby County The Baseball Ground 3-3 16,027 Ball, Gabbiadini and Armstrong
9 March 1991 Sheffield United Roker Park 0-1 23,238
16 March 1991 Liverpool Anfield 1-2 37,582 Armstrong
23 March 1991 Aston Villa Roker Park 1-3 21,099 Davenport
30 March 1991 Crystal Palace Roker Park 2-1 19,704 Rush and Brady
2 April 1991 Leeds United Elland Road 0-5 28,132
6 April 1991 Queens Park Rangers Roker Park 0-1 17,899
13 April 1991 Southampton The Dell 1-3 16,812 Hauser
20 April 1991 Luton Town Kenilworth Road 2-1 11,157 Pascoe and Armstrong
23 April 1991 Wimbledon Roker Park 0-0 24,036
4 May 1991 Arsenal Roker Park 0-0 22,606
11 May 1991 Manchester City Maine Road 2-3 39,194 Bennett and Gabbiadini

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Arsenal 38 15 4 0 51 10 9 9 1 23 8 74 18 +56 83 European Cup 1991–92
First round
2 Liverpool 38 14 3 2 42 13 9 4 6 35 27 77 40 +37 76 UEFA Cup 1991–92
First round
3 Crystal Palace 38 11 6 2 26 17 9 3 7 24 24 50 41 +9 69
4 Leeds United 38 12 2 5 46 23 7 5 7 19 24 65 47 +18 64
5 Manchester City 38 12 3 4 35 25 5 8 6 29 28 64 53 +11 62
6 Manchester United 38 11 4 4 34 17 5 8 6 24 28 58 45 +13 59 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
First round
[notes 3]
7 Wimbledon 38 8 6 5 28 22 6 8 5 25 24 53 46 +7 56
8 Nottingham Forest 38 11 4 4 42 21 3 8 8 23 29 65 50 +15 54
9 Everton 38 9 5 5 26 15 4 7 8 24 31 50 46 +4 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 9 2 35 22 3 7 9 16 28 51 50 +1 49 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
Qualifying round
[notes 4]
11 Chelsea 38 10 6 3 33 25 3 4 12 25 44 58 69 – 11 49
12 Queens Park Rangers 38 8 5 6 27 22 4 5 10 17 31 44 53 – 9 46
13 Sheffield United 38 9 3 7 23 23 4 4 11 13 32 36 55 – 19 46
14 Southampton 38 9 6 4 33 22 3 3 13 25 47 58 69 – 11 45
15 Norwich City 38 9 3 7 27 32 4 3 12 14 32 43 64 – 21 45
16 Coventry City 38 10 6 3 30 16 1 5 13 12 33 42 49 – 7 44
17 Aston Villa 38 7 9 3 29 25 2 5 12 17 33 46 58 – 12 41
18 Luton Town 38 7 5 7 22 18 3 2 14 20 43 42 61 – 19 37
19 Sunderland 38 6 6 7 15 16 2 4 13 23 44 38 60 – 22 34
20 Derby County 38 3 8 8 25 36 2 1 16 12 39 37 75 – 38 24
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Arsenal deducted two points; Manchester United deducted one point due to a brawl in a game between both teams.

Goal scorers[edit]

Nation Name League League Cup FA Cup Total
England Marco Gabbiadini 8 2 0 10
England Peter Davenport 7 0 0 7
England Gordon Armstrong 6 0 0 6
Wales Colin Pascoe 5 0 0 5
England Kevin Ball 3 1 0 4
England Gary Bennett 2 0 0 2
England David Rush 2 0 0 2
Scotland Kieron Brady 2 0 0 2
England Gary Owers 1 1 0 2
Germany Thomas Hauser 1 1 0 2
England Tony Cullen 0 1 0 1
/ Own goals 0 0 1 1
/ Totals 38 6 1 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Agboola was born in Camden, England, but also qualified to represent Nigeria internationally and made his international debut for Nigeria in April 1991.
  2. ^ Brady was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and represented them at U-21 level.
  3. ^ Manchester United qualified as defending champions of the Cup Winners' Cup.
  4. ^ Tottenham Hotspur were this season's FA Cup winners.