On this day

by Ashley Houghton

Bent signs and local lad Bridges is born

2009 – 
England international striker Darren Bent became Sunderland’s record signing when he moved from Tottenham Hotspur.

1992 – Sunderland celebrated becoming a city by staging a pre-season friendly with Tottenham Hotspur. Darren Anderton scored a hat-trick for the visitors who ran out 3-0 winners in front of 22,672 at Roker Park.

1978 – Former Sunderland and Leeds United star Michael Bridges was born in North Shields.

1958 – Scottish teenage sensation Nick Sharkey signed from St Patrick’s High School, Dumbarton.