Stewart Downing

On this day

by Stuart Vose

Downing born whilst Black Cats record friendly win.

1994 – Craig Russell and Phil Gray scored as Sunderland beat Averoykameratene of the Norwegian Second Division 2-0 on their pre-season tour.

1987 – Wearside-born full back John Kay signed from Wimbledon for £22,500.

1984 - Stewart Downing, who joined Sunderland on loan from Middlesbrough in 2003, was born in Teesside.

1978 – Sunderland forward Mel Holden left the Black Cats for Blackpool for £60,000.