Team celebration

Game of the Day: SAFC 2 West Ham 0

by Ashley Houghton

Sunderland seal promotion with win at Roker.

Sunderland 2 West Ham United 0

12 May 1980

Sunderland defeated FA Cup winners West Ham United 2-0 to secure promotion to Division One at Roker Park.

Goals from Kevin Arnott and Stan Cummins secured the victory for Ken Knighton’s side in front of 47,129 on Wearside.

Sunderland went into the game knowing a point would secure promotion whilst they were also looking to maintain their unbeaten home league run.

West Ham were relaxed after winning the FA Cup two days earlier; Trevor Brooking and Alan Devonshire confidently stroked the ball around early on but centre forward David Cross twice wasted good chances.

Sunderland found it hard to find a breakthrough with the in-form Phil Parkes proving difficult to beat in the Hammers goal; Pop Robson and Shaun Elliott both saw their strikes well saved.

The deadlock was broken just after the half-hour, Elliott’s shot was again well saved only for Arnott to pounce on the rebound and slot beyond the reach of Parkes.

And Sunderland marked their centenary season in style when Cummins wriggled past three defenders and smashed home to score his 12th goal of the season.

The result meant the Lads would finish the season without tasting a home league defeat whilst also holding the meanest home defence.

Sunderland: Turner, Whitworth, Hinnigan, Chisholm, Hindmarch, Elliott, Arnott, Buckley, Hawley, Robson, Cummins (Dunn).