Early 80's forward in the spotlight.Sedgefield-born forward Stan Cummins made 165 appearances for the Black Cats in a six-year stay on Wearside.
Cummins signed for Sunderland from Middlesbrough for £300,000 and become and instant hit when he scored on his debut in a 3-1 victory over Notts County in November.
He went on to add a further 11 goals in his 26 appearances in his debut campaign with notable winners against Newcastle United, Shrewsbury and Notts County in the reverse fixture of his debut.
Cummins also became one of only a handful of players to score four goals in a game for Sunderland when he bagged a quadruple in a 5-0 win over Burnley at Roker Park.
Following promotion in his first season with the club, the super-fit Cummins would appear in every single league and cup game during the 1980-81 season, scoring ten goals.
Cummins’ goal on the final day of the campaign in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield secured the Black Cats’ top-flight status.
In the 1981-82 Sunderland rarely moved out of the bottom two, though a fine run of form in the final nine matches of the campaign ensured the Black Cats top-flight status with Cummins adding a further 41 appearances and five goals.
A similar pattern followed in the 1982-83 season as Cummins again notched five goals; this time in 33 appearances as Gary Rowell continued to top the club’s scoring charts.
Cummins left for Crystal Palace at the end of the season and returned to Sunderland a year later but made only 18 appearances whilst he didn’t feature in the Milk Cup run due to being cup-tied.
He finished his career over in the USA with Minnesota Strikers and Kansas City Comets.