Opening-day facts

by Ashley Houghton

Interesting stats from Sunderland’s post-war opening-day fixtures.

5 – Number of times Sunderland have met Arsenal and Derby County on the opening day of the season. (More times than any other team)

73 – Number of points the Black Cats have accrued on the opening day since 1946

3 – Sunderland have beaten Derby County more times than any other team on the opening day of a campaign

11 – Number of times the Black Cats have had to travel to the Midlands for their first game (more than any other area in the country)

89 – Number of goals Sunderland have scored in their 67 post-war opening fixtures

4-1 – The Black Cats’ best result on the opening day of a campaign as Bobby Kerr, Mark Towers, Vic Halom and Billy Hughes scored as Bob Stokoe’s side hammered Millwall in London

23 – Sunderland have won 23 of their opening league games since WW2

3 – George Mulhall, Brian Clough, Ted Purdon, Trevor Ford, Len Shackleton and Dickie Davis are the Black Cats’ leading scorers in opening-day fixtures with three goals each

2008 - The last time Sunderland tasted defeat on the opening day of the season