Roker Park

Flashback: Treble for Walker

by Ashley Houghton

Look back on a classic win at Roker.

Sunderland 3 Manchester United 2

24th November 1984

One of the most manic 45 minutes in Sunderland history unfolded as the Black Cats registered a 3-2 victory over in-form Manchester United.

United had won four games on the bounce and were in front after just 15 minutes as goals from Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes looked set to give the Red Devils the victory at Roker Park.

But a hat-trick from left winger Clive Walker, two of which came in the final two minutes of the first half, earned Sunderland their first league victory over United in three years.

Both sides were reduced to ten men after just 20 minutes as Hughes and Sunderland’s Dave Hodgson squared up to each other on the halfway line and both were promptly sent off by referee Key.

United took the lead on 13 minutes when Robson saw his initial shot saved by Chris Turner before following up and slotting the rebound past the Sunderland keeper.

It took just two more minutes for the visitors to double their advantage, Hughes latching onto Norman Whiteside’s pass and slipping the ball past Turner.

Walker gave Sunderland a lifeline with an instant reply; he cut in from the left and smashed a shot past Gary Bailey in the United goal.

Not long after Hughes and Hodgson were both dismissed leaving both sides with 70 minutes to play with ten men.

Sunderland equalised on 43 minutes when Gary Bennett broke forward from defence and was felled by Bailey inside the area. Walker stepped up to take the spot-kick, despite not being the regular taker, and slotted home past Bailey.

A minute later and the hosts were ahead, Gordon McQueen cleaned out Stan Cummins in the penalty area and Walker smashed home his second penalty to complete his hat-trick.

The second half never lived up to the first and United never really tested Turner in the Sunderland goal. In fact, the hosts should have perhaps won the game more convincingly but Howard Gayle rushed his effort in the closing stages.

Sunderland:  Turner, Venison, Daniel, Bennett, Chisholm, Berry, Hodgson, Gayle, West, Cummins, Walker (Lemon).