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Sunderland: These fans look back on their incredible 1998/99 season

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There is no English football for Sunderland fans to watch this week. This, of course, is because of the current postponement of all professional English football.

However, this has caused many fans to look back on past seasons to get their fix of Sunderland related content. One of the seasons looked back on was the Division One 1998/99 season when Peter Reid’s side recorded an astonishing 105 points to earn promotion.

When one Sunderland fan account referenced their favourite moments from the season, many fans reminisced about the team. It is clear that they would welcome back players like Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn back into their current squad. Phillips scored 23 goals in 26 games that season, while Quinn scored 18 in 36.

Here is what some fans had to see.

Would the 1998/99 SAFC team have won automatic promotion this season?

Yes - they would have wiped the floor with this league

Yes - they would have wiped the floor with this league

No - most of them are long retired by this point

No - most of them are long retired by this point

What do we think?

With Sunderland trying to make the climb out of League One right now, the Black Cat supporters could find inspiration from Reid’s team. Sunderland are currently positioned just outside of a playoff spot at the moment.

However, with Stewart Donald setting a target of 100 points for the season, their 59 point tally seems far from acceptable.

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