DIVISION ONE: Chasing the double

Division One: 1912-13

Sunderland’s longest-serving manager Robert Kyle clinched his first trophy in 1912-13 as the Lads were crowned Division One champions for a fifth time.

After a sluggish start to the campaign, where the Lads were winless in their opening seven matches, a fine run of five straight wins followed as Kyle’s side found their feet.

Just one defeat between December and February saw the Black Cats climb up the Division One table from 10th to the summit before a defeat at Notts County saw them slip to second.

But from there on in there Lads didn’t drop out of the top two and with nine victories in their last 10 matches Sunderland sealed an impressive Division One title to pip Aston Villa by four points.

Elsewhere, Sunderland were defeated in the FA Cup final by Aston Villa who claimed the trophy for a fifth time.

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