Game of the Day: SAFC 2 West Ham 0

by Kate Smith

Lads topple newly-crowned Cup winners.

12th May 1980

Fans packed out Roker Park to welcome FA Cup winners West Ham United to Sunderland, 48 hours after they had beaten Arsenal at Wembley.

The newly-crowned cup holders were on a high with nothing but pride to play for, but Sunderland knew they needed a point from the game to guarantee promotion.

Nine of United's Wembley heroes started the game, with the Lads anxious in the opening period of the game and the Hammers having most of the possession.

Trevor Brooking and Alan Devonshire were given plenty of time on the ball but it was striker David Cross, who had the best chances for the visitors as he wasted two goal-bound opportunities in the first half.

United keeper Phil Parkes denied efforts from Shaun Elliott and Pop Robson, but it was Kevin Arnott who calmed Sunderland's nerves with a finely placed ball just out of the keeper's reach 10 minutes before the halftime break.

Sunderland kicked off the second half with a lot more confidence, it was West Ham who were chasing the ball and struggling to keep up after their exertions at Wembley two days prior.

Sunderland stopper Chris Turner remained solid throughout the game as he looked to maintain his good record for the Lads between the sticks, having only been beaten twice in the previous seven fixtures.

Midway through the half the visitors went down to 10 men, as Ray Stewart was taken off due to injury and the Hammers had already used their substitute.

Three minutes from time Stan Cummins sealed the win for Sunderland. He got the better of three defenders and fired home a shot from outside the box, with his 12th goal in 26 appearances.

Come the final whistle, Sunderland had leapfrogged from fourth to second in the league, gaining promotion to the top-flight, after just missing out in the previous campaign a great feat for manager Ken Knighton and assistant manager Frank Clark in their first season at the helm.


Sunderland: Turner, Whitworth, Hinnigan, Chisholm, Hindmarch, Elliott, Arnott, Buckley, Hawley, Robson, Cummins (Dunn)

West Ham United: Parkes, Stewart, Brush, Bonds, Martin, Devonshire, Neighbour, Pearson (Holland) Cross, Brooking, Pike