On this day

by Stuart Vose

Sunderland taste play-off final defeat.

2002 - Sunderland signed Phil Babb on a free transfer from Sporting Lisbon.

1990 - Goalkeeper Tony Norman produced a stunning performance in Sunderland's 1-0 defeat to Swindon Town in the Division Two play-off final. His side would go on to be promoted in Swindon's place regardless.

1925 - Scottish international George Aitken was born in Lochgelly.

1889 - Sunderland's first-ever League captain, John Auld, joined the club from Third Lanark.

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