Larsson sept 18th

Sunderland Stoked up

by Kate Smith

SAFC turned in a four-star show on this day in 2011. takes a look at what happened on this day in the club's history.

1977 – Bobby Kerr's record run of 114 consecutive home appearances comes to an end against Manchester City at Roker Park.

During his time at the club the 'Little General' amassed 433 appearances, and notched 69 goals. He famously lifted the FA Cup at Wembley following the 1-0 victory over Leeds United in 1973.

2010 – Darren Bent lifted the roof off the Stadium of Light with a 94th-minute equaliser against Arsenal.

The Gunners had taken the lead with a freak goal from Cesc Fabregas 14 minutes in, but Sunderland dominated for long spells and a point was the least they deserved.

The Black Cats threw all they had at Arsene Wenger's high-flyers but it looked like the home team's efforts would be in vain, before Bent blasted a loose ball home in the fourth minute of injury time and notched his 30th goal for the club.

2011 – Sunderland secured three home points in emphatic fashion by seeing off Stoke City on Wearside.

Titus Bramble and Craig Gardner scored their first goals for Sunderland as the Black Cats notched their first win of the season in style.

Two early strikes courtesy of Bramble and a Jonathan Woodgate own goal handed Sunderland a perfect start, added to when Gardner fired home just before the half-hour.

Seb Larsson added a fourth goal with an excellent free kick early in the second half to secure a comfortable win over a Stoke side who have never scored a goal at the Stadium of Light.