Len Shackleton

On this day

by Oscar Chamberlain

Clown Prince was born; Roker hosts last league game.

1998 – Sunderland won 2-1 away at Swindon Town but missed out on promotion to the Premiership due to both Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough picking up the points required for promotion.

1997 – Sunderland played their last-ever league game at Roker Park; Allan Johnston got the last ever league goal at the famous ground in a 3-0 win over Everton.

1969 – Sunderland beat West Bromwich Albion 6-0 in the FA Youth Cup final second-leg at Roker Park to capture the trophy 6-3 on aggregate.

1922 – Len Shackleton ‘The Clown Prince of Soccer’ was born in Bradford.