A Look Back at SAFC’s FA Cup Success

The FA Cup returns for the Black Cats this weekend as they prepare to take on Shrewsbury Town this Saturday.

Sunderland have had their success in the past, winning the FA Cup twice, once in 1937 and again in 1973.

FA Cup 1937 – Sunderland 3-1 Preston North End

Sunderland secured their first ever FA Cup victory almost 86 years ago, and they had to come back from behind after, forward, Frank O’Donnell put North End in the lead just a minute before half-time.

The Sunderland manager, Johnny Cochrane must have gave the lads a brutal half-time team talk, because they came out in the second half and looked like a different team.

It took just 7 minutes in the second half for the Black Cats to equalise through a goal by, legend, Bobby Gurney.

20 minutes later, Raich Carter put Sunderland in the lead before Eddie Burbanks secured the win 5 minutes before the end.

The game was the first ever FA Cup final to be played in May and it was spectated by over 93,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

FA Cup 1973 – Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United

Leeds United had the chance to make it 2 FA Cup victories in a row, and they were expected to do so, as they were one of the dominant teams in England at the time, and Sunderland were struggling in the second division.

Just after the half-hour mark, Ian Porterfield scored the winning goal, after he smashed the ball home from close range following a corner.

The decisive moment of the game was when Jimmy Montgomery pulled off an amazing double save that is widely considered as one of the best saves ever.

Some of the Leeds players actually thought they had scored, and the commentator even shouted: “It’s a goal!”, but Montgomery somehow managed to push the ball onto the bar.

The game was considered as one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history!

A statue now stands outside of the Stadium of Light of the late Bob Stokoe, who had managed Sunderland to just their second FA Cup Victory.

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