On this day

by Kate Smith

Stokoe statue unveiled and legend Bennett signs

2006 – A statue of the Messiah, Bob Stokoe, was unveiled by his daughter at the Stadium of Light. Members of the 1973 FA Cup winning team were in attendance.

1999 – Sunderland lost 3-1 to Rangers at Ibrox in a pre-season testimonial for Rangers’ Ian Ferguson.

1984 – Gary Bennett signed from Cardiff City for £85,000 and Clive Walker signed from Chelsea for £75,000.

1922 – Ron Turnbull, the only player to score four goals on his Sunderland debut, was born in Newbiggin, Northumberland.