safc.com profiles three of the 49 players to play for both the Potters and the Black Cats.Graham Kavanagh
Graham Kavanagh made 15 appearances for Sunderland in just over a year on Wearside as Roy Keane’s Black Cats won promotion to the top-flight in 2008.
It was, however, at Stoke City where the former Republic of Ireland international kick-started his playing career after moving to the Potteries from Middlesbrough in 1996.
Kavanagh spent five years in Staffordshire and he was the first Stoke player to score at the Britannia Stadium after it was opened in 1997.
The Dublin-born midfielder, who now manages Carlisle United, made 244 appearances for Stoke and scored 45 goals.
He also had spells with Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.
Dean Whitehead made 200 appearances for Sunderland in his five years on Wearside after joining from Oxford United in 2004.
Dean won the club’s Players’ Player of the Year award in his debut campaign and he continued to be an ever-present in the Sunderland side despite the disappointment of relegation in the following season.
The Abingdon-born midfielder was part of the side that bounced back to the top-flight under Roy Keane in 2007 before leaving the club in 2009.
Whitehead joined Stoke City ahead of the 2009-10 season and spent four seasons at the Britannia Stadium, making 160 appearances before leaving for Middlesbrough ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
Danish stopper Thomas Sorensen joined Sunderland in 1998 from Odense BK in his native Denmark and went on to make 197 appearances for the Black Cats in five years on Wearside.
His first season, a record 105 points Championship title win, set the stall out for Sorensen to become one of the best goalkeeper’s in the Black Cats’ modern era.
Famed for his penalty save in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United, Sorensen was also the keeper when Sunderland defeated Everton in the League Cup Fourth Round in 1998 on penalties.
Thomas moved to Aston Villa in 2003 following the Black Cats’ relegation and he made 158 appearances for the Villans before moving to Stoke in 2008.
Currently deputy to Asmir Begovic at the Britannia Stadium, Sorensen has made 124 appearances for the Potters in his five years with the club.