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Rewind to Boxing Day 1963

Barclays Premier League
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By ESPN Staff

Rush plots more cup misery for Black Cats

Ian Rush left Sunderland with only runners-up medals to hold in the 1992 FA Cup final.

And more than 13 years on Rush is aiming to leave Sunderland blue again by helping non-league Northwich plot a famous victory in the third round at the Stadium of Light.

The Liverpool legend, along with former team-mate John Barnes, attended a training session at the Victoria Stadium on Wednesday to pass on their advice and experience to the Conference North side.

And Rush believes they have a fighting chance of stunning the struggling Barclays Premiership team.

'One thing for definite there will be shocks in the cup at the weekend and there is no reason why it can't be Northwich,' said Rush, the record scorer in the FA Cup with 44 goals, who found the target along with Michael Thomas in the 1992 final.

'They have done well so far and it is matter of taking your chances at this level.

'The longer the game goes on if Sunderland haven't scored the supporters will get on their back.

'It is up to Northwich to silence the crowd.

'You need a bit of luck along the way and Northwich might get that luck.

'I have been quite fortunate in the FA Cup. When I played for Chester we went to Newcastle in the third round and beat them 2-0.

'The most important thing is they go there and enjoy it and have no regrets.

'Both John and I know a thing or two about unlocking Premiership defences and we hope we have given the boys a few useful tips.'

Barnes said: 'It would be great to see them getting a positive result this weekend and I will be cheering them on.'

Rush and Barnes were at the ground as guests of Mitre, who are supplying Northwich with goalkeeping gloves, shin guards, ball bags and the new meteor matchball.

Rush is heading off to South Africa to play in the Nelson Mandela charity game on Saturday but will keep a close eye on Northwich's progress the following day.

Rush added: 'We will be having lunch with Mandela and it is something to be proud of when you go and see a great man.

'Apart from the match, I will also be helping in a football clinic in Soweto.

'That will be interesting. Anything we can do to help people, we will do.'