As everyone comes down with a heavy dose of "derby fever" we continue to add to your symptoms by bringing you our top ten derby goals. Goals for the good might we add, none of the ones against us. Relive some glorious moments, including videos for the illiterate.
10. Djibril Cisse
What better way to start than with the goal that got us on the way to our last derby victory? Steed Malbranque's mazy run before dragging a shot (as much as Steed was revered, let's not kid ourselves) across the edge of the area was all the incentive Cisse needed to opportunistically extend his right leg and poke Sunderland ahead.
9. Patrice Carteron
The unlikeliest of scorers, French loanee Patrice Carteron picked the perfect moment to stride forward and put Sunderland in front. Despite amassing over 400 first-team appearances in Ligue 1, Wikipedia crowns this goal his finest career achievement.
8. Gary Rowell
The last Sunderland player to score a hat-trick in the Tyne-Wear derby, a goals compilation would not be complete without one of the club's most natural goal scorers.
Seeing as we like to think we're bringing readers good value, you can't beat a three-goals-in-one video to supplement Lord Rowell's inclusion.
7. Don Hutchison
Ah, the goal-scoring midfielder that we sought after for ages and are since to replace.
Kevin Phillips again the provider; his cross finding its way to Hutchison at the far post to half volley an equaliser after Gary Speed had put Newcastle in front.
6. Liam Lawrence
Having fallen behind at St James' Park, fans feared the worst before Liam Lawrence cut inside and fired past Shay Given. They were right to, as Shola Ameobi quickly scored again to put Newcastle 2-1 up.
5. Stephen Elliott
From the same game, another long range strike brought Sunderland level as ‘Sleeves' quickly cancelled out Ameobi's three-minute brace. Both were goals deserving of winning a game, but we had Kelvin Davis - amongst others - back then to ensure that would not happen.
4. Marco Gabbiadini
Following on from two fine individual goals, comes an excellent team goal. Starting from deep inside their own half, the Lads' slick interplay creates a chance for Gabbiadini. Marco. Goalo.
3. Kevin Phillips
Out of the many he scored against Newcastle, even the many he scored in total, few beat this effort in terms of sheer quality. Having been thwarted at the first attempt by Tommy Wright, ‘Super Kev' retrieved possession and in one motion curled the ball over both goalkeeper and the backtracking defender.
2. Kieran Richardson
If you're going to win a derby, Richardson showed just how it should be done. Suspense engulfed the Stadium of Light as the taking of a free-kick just outside the box dragged on and on, and then, ecstasy. The quality of the strike can perhaps be seen in the first video, but this clip captures the mood perfectly.
1. Niall Quinn
Without wanting to sound too much like the Mags, ‘Niall Quinn in the rain' has a kind of ring to it. The kind that most grown men aren't afraid to say out loud. Well... no, I stand by that.
A perfectly-timed overlapping run from Michael Gray set Sunderland away down the left-hand side. Quinn, just one of two targets that the left-back could aim for, had got himself between the two central defenders with enough space to attack the ball. And that he did, securing our win at St. James' Park.