David Corner

Corner hits the Bar

by Stuart Vose

Former Black Cat drops in for pre-match chat.

Ex-Sunderland star David Corner was in the hot-seat during the latest pre-match talk in at the Black Cats Bar.

Corner made his Sunderland debut back in 1984 against Nottingham Forest, however, he is mostly remembered by supporters for his fifth appearance for the Lads, when he was handed a start in the 1985 Milk Cup Final by manager Len Ashurst.

A pivotal moment in the first half saw Corner choose to keep the ball in play instead of kicking it out, which ultimately led to Norwich City being gifted an own goal, as Gordon Chisholm deflected Asa Hartford's shot past goalkeeper Chris Turner.

Of course that moment was mentioned during the pre-match talk-in and Corner dealt with it in good humour.

"I don't think there's a day goes by where that game isn't mentioned," Corner told the crowd of people in the Black Cats Bar.

"It was a great honour for me to be playing for my hometown club in a national final.

"I should have kicked the ball out," he joked. "However, if I had kicked it out, no-one would have known who I was today!"

Corner went on to tell everyone how privileged he felt to have played for his hometown club, concluding:

"As a local lad I would have been at the games supporting my team anyway, but to have the opportunity to pull on the red and white shirt was an honour."

The legends talk-ins are part of the Black Cats Bar matchdays, which also include drinks promotions, a complimentary dish of the day and a free match programme.