24 May 19
Charlton take on Sunderland in the League One play-off final on Sunday, LIVE on talkSPORT.
It is a repeat of the two sides’ memorable 1998 First Division final, which ended in a 4-4 draw as the Addicks won on penalties, except this time, they’re fighting for a place in the Championship.
Charlton won promotion in dramatic fashion 21 years ago
A Clive Mendonca hat-trick made him a Charlton hero as Sasa Ilic broke Sunderland hearts by saving the decisive penalty from Micky Gray.
Now, Sunderland will be out to avenge that defeat by making an instant return to the second tier.
But what are Charlton and Sunderland players from that legendary game doing now? talkSPORT take a look.
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Charlton will be hoping to overcome Sunderland in a play-off final once again
Sasa Ilic (GK)
After his Wembley heroics, Ilic could not prevent Charlton from making a swift return to England’s second tier. He now owns a boutique hotel in Montenegro called Monte Bay Retreat.
Danny Mills (RB)
Mills moved to Leeds following Charlton’s relegation in 1999. He made a brief return on loan at the Valley in 2007 before retiring due to a knee injury in 2008. The former England defender works in finance now while he is also a regular pundit on talkSPORT.
Richard Rufus (CB)
Rufus spent his whole career at Charlton. He was involved in the club’s academy set-up and the Community Trust, but left those roles after he was found guilty of fraud.
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Eddie Youds (CB)
Youds works as a property development manager in London.
Mark Bowen (LB)
Bowen retired a year after Charlton’s promotion-winning day. He has been an assistant to Mark Hughes with Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke and Southampton.
Shaun Newton (RM)
Newton had spells with Wolves, West Ham and Leicester after leaving Charlton in 2001. In 2007, he was found guilty of burglary and sentenced to 100 hours community service.
Mark Kinsella (CM)
Mark Kinsella captained Charlton to promotion
Kinsella played for the Republic of Ireland at the 2002 World Cup and went on to represent Aston Villa, West Brom, Walsall and non-league club Lewes. He was the assistant manager of Colchester for two years from 2012, before moving to Drogheda United in Ireland, where he still works as a coach.
Keith Jones (CM)
He coached the Atlanta Silverbacks Women in the US in 2006 before taking up a position at Arizona youth club SC del Sol three years later.
Neil Heaney (LM)
He retired from football in 2002 and is the founder and chief executive of Judicare, a solicitors firm in England.
Clive Mendonca (ST)
Mendonca finished his career with Charlton in 2002. A boyhood Sunderland fan, he returned to Wearside and ended up working at a local Nissan factory.
Mendonca was a hero at the Valley for his goal-scoring exploits
Mark Bright (ST)
Bright spent just two seasons at Charlton before retiring. He is a club ambassador for Crystal Palace and works as a TV pundit.
Robinson was named in Charlton’s Hall of Fame in 2017. He runs the John Robinson Soccer USA school.
Brown managed Ebbsfleet United during the 2013/14 season and has coached at Dover and Margate. He works for BBC London radio as a matchday commentator.
Jones is the founder of Langdon Pumas, a youth football club based in Essex.
Manager: Alan Curbishley
Alan Curbishley is a Charlton legend
Curbishley is regarded as a Charlton legend for consolidating the club in England’s top-flight. He left the Addicks for West Ham in 2006, but was sacked after two years. He has had stints at Fulham as a technical director and coach and now works as a TV pundit.
Sunderland suffered penalty shootout heartbreak
Lionel Perez (GK)
Following the play-off final defeat, Perez boldly left Sunderland to join arch rivals Newcastle before playing for Cambridge, Enfield, Chelmsford City and Stevenage Borough. He has a UEFA B license coaching badge, but has not returned to football since leaving Stevenage Borough as a goalkeeping coach.
Darren Holloway (RB)
Holloway was taken off at half-time at Wembley. He is now the assistant manager of Blyth Spartans and works at East Durham College’s football academy.
Jody Craddock (CB)
Former defensive hard man Craddock is well known for his spells with Sunderland and Wolves. Since retiring in 2013, he has taken up an interest in art. He held his first exhibition of his work at the Antidote Art Gallery in 2015. The 43-year-old has his own art company called Art Affect.
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Darren Williams (CB)
Williams became player-manager of Whitby Town in 2011 before being sacked four years later.
Micky Gray (LB)
Micky Gray battles for the ball against Danny Mills
Gray went on to have spells at Celtic, Blackburn, Leeds, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday before hanging up his boots in 2010. He works as a pundit for talkSPORT and other media outlets.
Nicky Summerbee (RM)
He did not play too much football after leaving Sunderland in 2001, despite signing for Bolton, Nottingham Forest, Leicester, Bradford, Swindon, Tranmere and Tamworth. He is a regular TV pundit for Al Kass, a television network in Doha.
Lee Clark (CM)
Clark moved to Fulham and then back to Newcastle before retiring in 2006. He has managed Huddersfield, Birmingham, Blackpool, Kilmarnock and Bury. The 46-year-old has been out of work since leaving Bury in 2017.
Clark was last in charge of Bury in 2017
Kevin Ball (CM)
Former Sunderland captain Ball is a club ambassador at the Stadium of Light. His two spells in caretaker charge at the Black Cats came in 2006 and 2013.
Allan Johnston (LM)
Johnston has managed Queen of the South, Kilmarnock and Dunfermline Athletic since retiring. He returned for a second spell at Queen of the South earlier this month.
Niall Quinn (ST)
Quinn’s two goals were not enough to down Charlton in the play-off final. He is a former player, manager and owner of Sunderland. The ex-Republic of Ireland international was replaced as chairman by Ellis Short in 2011. He is now the chairman of Q Sat, a broadband company in Ireland.
Kevin Phillips (ST)
Kevin Phillips was Sunderland’s talisman
The legendary Sunderland striker has had coaching roles at Leicester, Derby and Stoke. He left his position at the Potters following Gary Rowett’s sacking in January.
The defender was forced to retire with a serious hip injury in 2008. He works as a property manager in Cheshire.
Rae has managed Dundee and St Mirren in Scotland since retiring in 2010. He is currently out of work.
Dichio ended his career in the MLS with Toronto FC and has stayed out there. He is part of Toronto’s academy set-up and works as a pundit for Canadian sport shows.
Manager: Peter Reid
Reid left Sunderland in 2002 before having spells with Coventry, Thailand, Plymouth and Mumbai City. He is part of Paul Cook’s backroom staff at Wigan.