On this day

by Stuart Vose

Phillips on target, Herd signs and more.

1998 - Sunderland's push for automatic promotion was maintained with a 3-0 home win over Stoke City. Darren Williams gave Sunderland the lead before Kevin Phillips scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season.

1979 - Wilf Rostron scored a hat-trick in a 6-2 victory over Sheffield United as Sunderland went top of Division Two.

1961 - George Herd signed for Sunderland and would go on to make 318 appearances for the club, scoring 55 goals.