Roker Park

Game of the Day: SAFC 2 Charlton 1

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by Stuart Vose

One of Roker Park's greatest days takes centre stage.

18th April 1964

Sunderland won promotion to Division One by securing a vital victory over Charlton Athletic at Roker Park.

Alan Brown led his side into the game looking to make it third time lucky after the Wearsiders narrowly missed out on promotion at the end of each of the previous two campaigns.

More than 50,000 fans packed Roker Park to roar their team on and efforts were redoubled after Charlton took an early lead through Eddie Firmani.

Visiting keeper Peter Wakeham shone as the hosts turned up the heat, but he was eventually beaten just before half time when Martin Harvey fed George Herd, whose shot struck a defender and looped into the net.

Sunderland continued to push and the day was on a knife edge until Johnny Crossan scored in the dying moments to seal the club’s place in the top flight.

Brown’s side went on to record a 2-2 draw at Grimsby the following week, rounding off a marvellous campaign which never saw them out of the top two from the beginning of November onwards.

Indeed, they lost only three times during than span and won six of their final eight games, drawing the other two.

Sunderland eventually finished the 1963-64 campaign in second place with 61 points, two behind champions Leeds United.

Sunderland: Montgomery, Irwin, Ashurst, Harvey, Hurley, McNab, Usher, Herd, Sharkey, Crossan, Mulhall.