FA CUP: Wembley wonderland

FA Cup: 1937

A year after being crowned champions of England for a sixth time, Sunderland went on to win their first FA Cup.

Despite losing out to Aston Villa in the 1912-13 campaign, the Black Cats experienced a much more pleasing experience on their next trip to Wembley.

While John Cochrane was unable ignite the Lads’ season in the league, he did manage to guide the Black Cats to an emphatic cup run which saw them beat Preston North End in the final on 1 May 1937.

The Lads began their cup run with a 3-2 victory at Southampton before a replay was required for them to progress past Luton Town.

Sunderland then saw off Swansea Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers to reach the semi-finals where they then defeated Millwall 2-1 to set up a final showdown against Preston.

Despite trailing at half-time, the Lads responded in style in the second period and ran out 3-1 winners, courtesy of goals from Bobby Gurney, Raich Carter and Eddie Burbanks.

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