1973

On this day...

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by Kate Smith

safc.com travels back to 2007.

Five years ago today, Sunderland welcomed Reading to the Stadium of Light on what was a very emotional day for the football club.

Ahead of the game, tribute was paid to 1973 FA Cup Final goal-scoring hero Ian Porterfield, who had tragically passed away a week earlier.

Emotions were high prior to kick off as his team-mates from that legendary side took to the field to lead a rapturous and moving minute's applause in memory of the Scottish midfielder.

Roy Keane's side would have been forgiven for allowing the occasion to overwhelm them, but to their credit, the Black Cats dug deep to produce an outstanding performance against a struggling Reading side.

Striker Kenwyne Jones scored on his debut, following his move from Southampton, before Ross Wallace slid the ball home just after halftime to grab a second.

The visitors managed to pull a goal back after Dave Kitson nodded in Nicky Shorey's free-kick with 15 minutes to go, however, Sunderland held out to take a deserved three points.