Niall Quinn

On this day

by Oscar Chamberlain

Quinn scores opening-day winner in 2000.

Quinn guns down Arsenal

2000 – Niall Quinn’s 53rd minute header sealed a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on the opening day of the 2000-01 season.

Black Cats midfielder Michael Gray created the goal, sweeping down the left and crossing towards Quinn who made no mistake from six yards.

Arsenal created a number of chances during the match, with Ray Parlour spurning two efforts before Thierry Henry missed a great chance late on.

And Arsenal’s misery was compounded in added time, when Patrick Vieira was sent off for striking Darren Williams.

The extended North Stand was also used for the first time, in a match that saw Stan Varga and Jurgen Macho make their Sunderland debuts.

The Black Cats would go on to be unbeaten against the Gunners over the course of the season, drawing the return fixture 2-2.

2003 – Sunderland players Kevin Kilbane, Gary Breen and Colin Healy were capped for Eire against Australia in Dublin. On the same day future striker Stephen Elliott scored a hat trick, whilst on Manchester City’s books, on his Eire U21 debut against Poland in Gdansk.

1999 – Death of Sunderland’s 1937 FA Cup winning goalkeeper, John Mapson, aged 82.

1961 – Brian Clough scored on his debut at newly promoted Walsall in a 4-3 defeat. He virtually kept up this goal a game average, netting 63 times in 74 appearances for the Black Cats.