Local lad in the spotlight.
Local lad David Rush made 72 appearances for the Black Cats between 1989 and 1994, including an appearance in the 1992 FA Cup final.
Rush captained Sunderland’s schoolboy team and impressed at both youth and reserve level before making his first-team debut at Roker Park in a 1-1 League Cup draw with Fulham.
The young frontman scored twice in 13 appearances during the 1990-91 season as Denis Smith afforded him his first break at senior level.
Each of Rush’s goals came against Crystal Palace in home and away fixtures as he scored the winner in a 2-1 success at Roker Park after notching in a 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park earlier in the season.
His best season coincided with the Black Cats’ run to the FA Cup Final in 1992 where they would lose to Liverpool.
David made 32 appearances during the 1991-92 campaign, scoring five goals – including a strike in a FA Cup fifth round replay at West Ham on the road to the final.
Earlier that campaign, he’d scored a match-winning double in a 4-2 home success over Brighton and Hove Albion which was followed up by a goal in a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town and a strike in a 2-2 draw with Cambridge United on the final day of the campaign.
Rush returned six goals in 21 appearances in his final full season with Sunderland as Terry Butcher took the managerial reins from Malcolm Crosby.
David scored the only goal of the game in the Black Cats’ first away win of the campaign at Oxford United before notching in a 2-0 home success over Grimsby Town.
After spending time on loan at Peterborough United at the beginning of the campaign, Rush made five substitute appearances during the 1993-94 season.
He joined Cambridge United on loan before making a £100,000 move to Oxford United in October 1994.
After three years at the Manor Ground, Rush joined York City and then Hartlepool United where he would finish his professional playing career in 1999.
A managerial spell with Hebburn Town followed before Rush joined Gateshead as assistant manager in January 2013, a role he held until September 2013 following a managerial change at the Gateshead Stadium.