Craig Gordon

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Gordon joins for record fee whilst Sorensen departs

2007 – Sunderland broke the British transfer record for a goalkeeper by signing Hearts stopper Craig Gordon for a reported fee of up to £9m.

2003 – Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen transferred to Aston Villa for £2.25m.

1998 – Sorensen and Paul Butler made their Sunderland debuts in a 1-0 home victory over Queens Park Rangers.

1993 – Ian Rodgerson, Phil Gray, Andy Melville and Derek Ferguson were involved in a car crash in Roker following a pre-season friendly at Middlesbrough. Rodgerson was the most seriously injured with a dislocated shoulder which delayed his Sunderland debut.