Remember This? – Sunderland

Should Sunderland only be allowed to spend the same as Accrington? Courtesy Graham Burrell

Our opponents this weekend are Sunderland, below us in the league table and a side that some fans might still feel we have no right to play.

There’s no doubt they’re the biggest team outside the top two divisions and there is a good shout for them being the biggest outside the top flight. Bearing that in mind, the history of the two clubs isn’t exactly rich and plentiful, with few players having played for both and even fewer games between the two to mention.

Still, we’ll do our best for you.

Played For Both – Peter Daniel

Peter Daniel will never be remembered fondly by Imps’ fans, he was the manager who took us out of the Football League in May 1987, and it might have stung even more when he left in the summer to play for Burnley, who pipped us to safety on the final day.

Peter William Daniel was born in Hull, appearing 113 times for his hometown club through to 1978. He made seven appearances for England Under 21s, making his debut against Scotland at Bramall Lane. He scored once for England Under 21s as they thrashed Finland 8-1, oddly seeing another future Imps’ manager on the scoresheet in John Deehan, as well as former Imps loanee Tony Woodcock. In May 1978, he was transferred to Wolves, then of the First Division, for a fee of £182,000, which would be just over £1m accounting for inflation. He won the League Cup with them in 1980, a later moved to the United States to play for Minnesota Strikers, before returning for a spell with the Black Cats in a dela worth £150,000. He played in the 1985 League Cup final for them, adding a runner’s up medal to his collection as they were beaten 1-0 by Norwich City, who had John Deehan in their side.

From playing in a Wembley final in May, he moved to the Imps in November 1985 for £20,000. That is really where the positive stuff ends, he suffered relegation with us as a player in 1985/86, then ascended to manager as we slipped out of the league a year later. In total, he played 55 league and cup matches, before leaving for Burnley. Once he left the Imps, success magically reappeared and he got a runner’s up medal in the 1988 Freight Rover Trophy final.