Player of the Day: Vic Halom

by Kate Smith

Striker is the latest SAFC favourite to be profiled.

Vic Halom sealed a move to Sunderland from Luton Town in 1973, he came to Wearside after spells with Charlton athletic, Leyton Orient and Fulham and enjoyed one of the most fruitful patches of his career in red and white.

He made an immediate impact for the Lads and went on to play an integral part in the FA Cup success  the same year he joined.

Memorable goals against Manchester City and Arsenal in the famous cup run were particular highlights of Halom’s time on Wearside, though he was on the right track from the off with a goal on his Roker Park debut in a 4-0 Wear-Tees derby win over Middlesbrough.

His second game at Roker was, arguably, Halom’s finest moment in a red and white shirt as his blistering angled drive ended a quality move to not only knock favourites Manchester City out of the FA Cup but also to go down in club history as one of the greatest Sunderland goals.

Halom’s physical and gutsy performances meant he was a perfect match for the Roker faithful and manager Bob Stokoe.

The Derbyshire-born striker would partner Ian Porterfield in the famous win over Leeds United with Porterfield proving the match-winner.

Halom continued his fine goal-scoring form in the 1973-74 campaign; most notably a hat-trick as Sunderland downed a solid Derby County side 3-0 at Roker Park.

The following season was another  strong campaign for the Black Cats as Stokoe’s side finished fourth, just seven points behind second-placed Aston Villa.

However, Halom and the rest of the squad were ruthless during the 1975-76 promotion-winning campaign; Stokoe’s side didn’t lose a home league game all season as they ran away with the Division Two championship.

Halom left at the end of the season for Oldham Athletic where he spent four years, passing 100 goals in Latics’ colours, before moving to Rotherham United where former strike partner Porterfield was manager.

Injury ended Halom’s Rotherham career during his first campaign and he would go on to manage Barrow, Rochdale and Burton Albion before retiring from football completely in the late 1980s.