Stadium of Light at night

On this day

by Ashley Houghton

World Cup bid kicks off.

2009 – Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn officially launched Sunderland’s bid to stage World Cup matches should England be awarded the 2018 competition.

1990 – Future Sunderland player manager Terry Butcher and Black Cats midfielder Chris Waddle helped England to a 1-0 extra-time victory over Belgium in Bologna that took the Three Lions through to the last eight of the World Cup.

1954 – Ex-Sunderland forward Ivor Broadis was in the England team that lost 4-2 to Uruguay in the World Cup quarter-finals in Basel.