On this day

by Ashley Houghton

Sbragia stands down after safety secured.

2009 - Ricky Sbragia stood down as Sunderland manager in the aftermath of the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea having secured the club's top-flight status.

1985 - Len Ashurst was sacked as Sunderland boss, with Frank Burrows taking over as caretaker.

1951 - Former player and FA Youth Cup-winning captain Keith Coleman born in Washington.

1947 - A severe winter led to Sunderland playing their last fixture of the 1946-47 campaign on this day - a 2-1 win over Brentford.

Facts taken from the All The Dates book by Mike Gibson, still available from all club stores.