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Familiar Faces: Sunderland

A look at the common connections between The Bees and Black Cats

21 October 2017

Sunderland make the long trip south this afternoon to Griffin Park but for one member of their squad it will be a return to an old stomping ground.

Lewis Grabban had three spells at Griffin Park in 2010 and 2011. The first two came on loan from last weekend’s opponents, Millwall, before he signed a short term contract midway through the 2010/11 season. The striker scored twice in seven games during his first spell at the end of the 2010 season and then added five more goals in 25 appearances under Andy Scott and Nicky Forster the following season. Those performances failed to earn him a new contract and he joined Rotherham United in the summer of 2011.

Lewis’ most successful period came during a two-year spell with AFC Bournemouth where he scored 35 goals in 86 league appearances, helping them earn promotion to the Championship in 2013. Two years later he helped Norwich to the Premier League but could only manage one goal in 27 top flight games for The Canaries and Bournemouth before returning to the Championship with Reading and now Sunderland, where he has three goals in eight games this campaign.

Others to have worn the red and white of Sunderland and Brentford include Northern-Irish international Ian Lawther, who netted 83 goals in 214 league games for the two sides during the 1950s and 1960s. Wilf Rostron spent two years on Wearside at the start of a career which ended with him playing and then coaching The Bees to promotion in 1992. Jamie Lawrence, Tommy Smith, and Michael Turner have also all represented both sides in recent years.  

Tickets for today's game are on sale to Previous Purchasers now from just £25 adults and £8 juniors. Get your tickets for the visit of Sunderland here.

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