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.