DIVISION ONE: Football comes home

Division One: 1901-02

Sunderland clinched their fourth Division One title in 1901-02, seven years after winning their last one.

Following Tom Watson’s exit to Liverpool, Robert Campbell took over the reigns for three seasons before Alex Mackie succeeded him.

It was a gradual progression under Mackie’s stewardship as the Lads finished third and second before they finally managed to seal the Division One title in 1901-02.

While the Black Cats stuttered over the finish line, following just two wins in their final seven league games, the bulk of their work had been done in the middle part of season which had cemented their place at the top.

A fine unbeaten run of ten games saw the Lads amass a sizeable chunk of points to give themselves some breathing space at the summit.

The title was also Ted Doig and Jimmy Millar’s fourth championship-winning campaign with Sunderland having played in the successful 1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95 and 1901-92 seasons.

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