Armstrong leaves after making 416 appearances.
1996 – Tony Coton joined the club as player-coach from Manchester City whilst Gordon Armstrong left to join Bury after thirteen years at Roker Park.
1984 – Lee Chapman left Sunderland for Sheffield Wednesday.
1979 – The Black Cats agreed a club record fee of £250,000 with NZ Zagreb for Yugoslavian international Bozidar Bakota. However the deal fell through when the striker failed to get a work permit.
1927 – Birth of 1950’s forward Charlie ‘Cannonball’ Fleming in Blairhall, Fife.