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Quinn takes charge of first game.

2006 – Republic of Ireland central defender Kenny Cunningham made his Sunderland debut in a 2-1 defeat at Coventry City. Niall Quinn also took charge of his first game in what was Sunderland’s earliest ever league fixture.

1999 – Martin Smith signed for Sheffield United on a free transfer after almost nine years with the Black Cats.

1993 – Welsh international defender Andy Melville signed from Oxford United for £500,000 with Anton Rogan moving in the opposite direction.

1973 – The English and Scottish FA Cup winners met in a friendly at Parkhead with Sunderland running out 2-1 victors over Celtic.