18-match unbeaten run ended at Chelsea.
2007 – Republic of Ireland U21 international Roy O’Donovan signed from Cork City.
2004 – Stephen Elliott, Dean Whitehead and Liam Lawrence made their debuts in a 2-0 opening-day defeat at Coventry City.
1999 – The Black Cats’ 18-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on the opening day of the Premiership campaign. Steve Bould and Carsten Fredgaard made their debuts in a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
1985 – Striker Dave Swindlehurst signed from West Ham United for £80,000. A month later he scored Sunderland’s first goal of the season.