Downing debut, Brown sacked and five goals from forward.
safc.com takes a trip down memory lane to find out what happened on this day in the club's history.
2003 – Stewart Downing made his debut on loan from Middlesbrough in a goalless draw at West Brom.
1972 – Alan Brown was sacked as Sunderland manager with coach Billy Elliott taking the job on a caretaker basis.
1952 – Trevor Ford hit four goals in a 5-2 victory against Manchester City at Maine Road.