1st

1986 - Andrew Gerald Dibble had his debut today away versus Huddersfield Town. Andrew played as a goalkeeper for Sunderland between 1985-86.

1999 - A goal each from Daniel Dichio and 'Super' Kevin Phillips secured a 2-0 win over Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light during a magnificent record-breaking season for the soon-to-be promoted Black Cats.

1969 - A good 4-1 home win against struggling Stoke City with goals from Sugget, Palmer, Tueart and Moore. Colin Beesley made his debut.

1929 - Sunderland came from 2-1 down at the break to take all three points from Sheffield United in front of a home crowd of 17,713. McClean, Gurney and Clunas struck for the Wearsiders.

2nd

1974 - Dennis Longhorn had his debut for Sunderland today at home against Middlesbrough. Dennis played in midfield for Sunderland between 1973-77.


3rd

1939 - Johnny Cochrane, Sunderland's most successful manager of the 20th century, announced his retirement today.


4th

1961 - Sunderland played Tottenham at home in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. The Lads were subsequently beaten in a replay.


5th

1904 - A. Ernest Bertram made his debut away against Small Heath. Bertram played for Sunderland as a left half between 1903-04.


6th

1953 - Michael Frederick Horswill was born on this day in Annfield Plain. Michael played in midfield for Sunderland between 1971-74.


7th

1914 - Sunderland played Burnley at home for the 4th round of the FA Cup today in a goalless game.


8th

1986 - Stephen Edward Richard Hetzke had his debut today for Sunderland at home to Charlton Athletic. Stephen was a central defender for the team between 1985-87.


9th

1935 - Sunderland visited Arsenal today knowing that victory would mean that they would be level on points with Arsenal, the leaders of the First Division. The game ended 0-0.


10th

1939 - Leonard Ashurst was born in Aintree, Liverpool. Leonard played left-back for Sunderland between 1958-70.


11th

1914 - Sunderland played Burnley in a replay of the previous goalless match in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Turf Moor. Burnley won 2-1.

12th

1938 - Frederick Bett made his debut today away against Liverpool. Fred played in the inside/outside left position for Sunderland between 1937-39.

13th

1897 - John Hurst Ditchburn was born today in Hunslet, Leeds. John was a right-half / centre-half for Sunderland between 1923-26.

14th

1980 - Former midfielder Colin Healy was born on this day in Cork. Colin moved to Sunderland on a free transfer move in August 2003.

15th

1897 - Thomas Dickenson Bradshaw was born in Hambleton, Lancs. Thomas played in the outside right for Sunderland between 1897-98.

16th

1959 - James Lyons Hindmarsh died on this day in Luton. James played in an inside-left position for Sunderland between 1905-06.

17th

1937 - William Clark died in Bristol aged 56. William played for Sunderland in the outside-right position between 1908-10.

18th

1933 - Sunderland played Huddersfield Town at home and lost 2-1.

19th

1932 - Daniel Edgar had his debut at home against Bolton Wanderers today. Daniel was a left half for Sunderland between 1931-35

20th

1955 - Edward 'Terry' Curran was born on this day in Kinsley. Edward was a winger for Sunderland between 1986-87.

21st

1956 - Lyall 'Laurie' Bolton had his debut against Preston North End at home on this day. Laurie played for Sunderland in the wing-half position between 1955-57.

22nd

1924 - Three points clear of the top Sunderland travelled to meet Burnley today and lost 1-0. The defeat was unexpected and the race for the title was well and truly thrown open again.

23rd

1957 - Henry Clark made his debut for Sunderland today at a home game against Chelsea. Henry played as an inside-left between 1956-57.

24th

1995 - Brett Ashley Mark Angell made his debut for Sunderland away at Barnsley. Brett was a forward for Sunderland between 1994-96.

25th

1989 - Alan Browning Hay had his debut for Sunderland today at home against Ipswich town. Alan was a full-back for the team between 1988-89.

26th

1927 - John Cuthbert 'Paddy' Bell had his debut at home against Leeds United. John played as a goalkeeper for Sunderland between 1926-31.

27th

1965 - Francis Cuggy died on this day in Walker-on-Tyne. Francis was a right half for Sunderland between 1909-21.

28th

1909 - Cyril Howard Beach was born in Nuneaton. Cyril played for Sunderland in the inside-right position between 1932-33.

29th

1985 - Anthony Ford has his debut match today at home against Bradford City. Anthony was a sub but went on to score but only stayed on the books at Sunderland in the 1984-85 season.

30th

1985 - In the second match of the Easter weekend for Sunderland, forward John Moore had his debut against Chelsea at home. John was on the books at Sunderland between 1984-88.

31st

1925 - David G. Agnew born in Belfast. David was a goalkeeper for Sunderland between 1950-51.