Gordon joins for record fee whilst Sorensen departs2007 – 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.