On this day

by Kate Smith

Academy opened in 2003 and 'Super Kev' signs in 1997.

2003 – His Royal Highness the Duke of York officially opened the Academy of Light.

1999 – John Mullin, who scored the final goal at Roker Park, signed for Burnley on a free transfer.

1997 – Kevin Phillips joined the Black Cats from Watford for a fee of £525,000.

1967 – Gordon Armstrong, the last midfielder to score over 50 goals for Sunderland, was born in Newcastle.