First American to play for the Black Cats is born.2008 – Sunderland started their pre-season friendlies with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in Albufeira. Roy O’Donovan, Nyron Nosworthy and Anthony Stokes bagged the goals.
1975 – Members of the Black Cats’ 1973 FA Cup winning side, along with former Sunderland players Charlie Hurley, Len Shackleton and Ken Chisholm, starred with Newcastle United and Middlesbrough players in a six-a-side cricket tournament in aid of autistic children at Durham’s Chester-Le-Street ground.
1973 – Former USA captain and Sunderland midfielder Claudio Reyna was born in Livingston, New Jersey.
1966 – Roker Park staged its final World Cup group game as the USSR beat Chile 2-1 in front of 22,590 spectators.