Rowell features for first time.
We take a look back at events on this day in the club's history:
1997 - Kevin Phillips and Allan Johnston score as Sunderland beat WBA 2-0 at the Stadium of Light.
1978 - Billy Elliott began his second stint as Sunderland manager.
1975 - Gary Rowell (pictured) made his first appearance for Sunderland in a 1-0 home victory over Oxford United.