David Bellion

Cats in seventh heaven

by Kate Smith

We travel back to 2002 to find out what happened on this day 10 years ago!

Marcus Stewart scored his first goals for Sunderland to help send the Black Cats into seventh heaven.

Peter Reid’s side romped to a 7-0 victory in their league cup clash with Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. 

Midfielders Claudio Reyna and Gavin McCann put Sunderland in the driving seat, before Stewart and strike partner Tore Andre Flo nabbed two goals apiece in the second period, to add to Julio Arca's 54th minute strike.

However, it was young Frenchman David Bellion who stole the show, causing havoc down the right flank, leaving the Third Division club dazzled by his pace. 

Jody Craddock skippered Sunderland that night on his return to the club where he started his league career.

The victory is the Black Cats' best away win since the 9-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park in 1908.