Caldwell winner seals promotion in '05.
Sunderland 2 Leicester City 1
23 April 2005
After losing out in the play-offs a season earlier, Mick McCarthy’s rejuvenated Sunderland secured promotion to the top flight with two games to spare.
Goals from top scorer Marcus Stewart and Scotland international Steve Caldwell sent the Stadium of Light wild after Alan Maybury had earlier given Leicester the lead.
Ben Alnwick made his Sunderland debut with the Black Cats' two senior keepers, Mart Poom and Thomas Myhre, out injured.
And Alnwick’s first touch in senior football was to pick Maybury’s curling effort out of the net on five minutes.
Alnwick was soon busy, though, with a string of fine saves to prevent the Foxes from doubling their advantage.
Stewart levelled the score in the 23rd minute when he coolly finished off a measured pass by Chris Brown.
Caldwell’s winner came on the hour mark, after the game had swung from end to end, Leicester failed to pick up the big centre-half and he headed Liam Lawrence’s corner gloriously into the back of the net.
Sunderland: Alnwick, Wright, Caldwell, Breen, Lawrence, Arca, Whitehead, Welsh (Collins, 71), Robinson, Stewart (Elliott, 81), Brown (Deane, 77).
Subs not used: Ingham, Thornton.