On this day

by Kate Smith

Brighton toppled, Downing arrives and Holley nets a hat-trick.

2004 - Goals from Julio Arca and Liam Lawrence helped Sunderland see off Brighton at the Stadium of Light to keep Mick McCarthy's side at the top of the Championship

2003 - Stewart Downing arrived on loan from Middlesbrough. He scored 3 goals in 7 games.

1909 – George Holley scored his second successive home hat-trick as Sunderland beat Chelsea 4-0.