Sunderland footballing legends including Kevin Phillips, Niall Quinn and John O'Shea, have lifted spirits during Covid-19 by sharing their favourite memories playing for the Black Cats.

The videos were collated by Sunderland's Fan Museum founder Michael Ganley in a bid to spread positivity and lift morale across Sunderland during the coronavirus pandemic.

Former players and footballing legends were asked to share their favourite memories of playing for the Black Cats with Kevin Phillips even recreating his famous winning goal against Newcastle in the pouring rain at St James’ Park in 1999.

Performing the scene with his two sons, Kevin kicked the ball into the legs of the goalkeeper which rebounded back into his possession leading him to boot the ball into the top corner.

He joked: "Well, I'm sure you can all guess what it was. It wasn't quite as good as what it was on the night but it was close.

"It's lovely to see my son in a Newcastle shirt lying on the floor gutted."

He even tried to put the sprinkler on to recreate the pouring rain on the night.

Another video came from former football midfielder Bobby Kerr who captained Sunderland to victory in the 1973 FA Cup Final versus Leeds United.

Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillips

Dressed in a smart suit, he said: "My fondest memory is... lifting this beauty," before he changes into a Sunderland top and lifts the FA cup.

Other famous faces to record a heartfelt video was Niall Quinn, John O'Shea, Chris Coleman and Paolo Di Canio, as former players sent in their good wishes from around the world.

The players praised the Fan Museum for their support throughout the community saying they "do a wonderful job".

The museum has already put plans in place to create a Covid-19 memorial garden and are regularly delivering food to the elderly.

And to keep people's spirits up Michael had the idea of asking famous footballers to record their favourite memories from their time at Sunderland.

"People are amazed that they record these 40-second videos but these lads want to help the community and share their memories of their time at Sunderland.

Niall Quinn
Niall Quinn

"I eventually got enough that I could start creating this series and we've had 38 now that we have posted every day.

"Hopefully we can get enough videos that we can all the see the day a vaccine is made and we can say this crisis is over."

Michael is posting a video every day on the Fans Museum's Facebook page with hundreds responding to the videos.

He continued: "It's all about keeping morale high. The day we started this project we really have affected all different elements of the community from the very young to the very old.

"We want to remove stigmas from people and just get people feeling good.

"A lot of these footballers have been at many different clubs but they're giving a small bit of their time to talk about their memories of Sunderland. We just want to make people smile if we can."