Former captain and promotion winner in the spotlight.
Tony Towers joined Sunderland from Manchester City in March 1974 in a move that saw 1973 FA Cup winners Dennis Tueart and Micky Horswill move the other way to Maine Road.
Towers had won schoolboy caps whilst he was at City and three senior caps were achieved before he moved to Roker Park.
The Manchester-born midfielder scored twice in eight games at the end of the 1973-74 season in wins over Blackpool and Luton Town as the Black Cats finished sixth in the Second Division.
Sunderland recorded their best ever opening day win in Towers’ first full season as the Wearsiders ran out 4-1 winners at Millwall in their first game of the 1974-75 season, scoring along with Bobby Kerr, Vic Halom and Billy Hughes.
He made 46 appearances as the Black Cats finished fourth in the second division before taking over the responsibility of both the captaincy and penalty taking in the 1975-76 promotion winning campaign.
Towers’ ten goals in 41 appearances proved valuable to the success under Bob Stokoe’s stewardship with only Mel Holden and Pop Robson scoring more.
However, Sunderland lasted only one season in the top flight and Towers moved on to Birmingham City where he spent three years before moving to Canada with Tampa Bay Rowdies and then Vancouver Whitecaps.