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On This Day: League Challengers Sunderland Win

Sunderland entertained Everton in a first division clash at Roker Park on this day in 1922, just seven days before the pair met again on Merseyside in a swift double-header.

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Title-chasing Sunderland took on Everton this day in 1922, and achieved a resounding triumph which kept them firmly in the race to win the league.

English football was only just beginning to get back on its feet following the First World War and the Rokermen were leading the way as one of the strongest sides in the nation.

The Black Cats swept the Toffees aside at Roker Park in front of 20,000 spectators to remain in second place with goals from the prolific Charlie Buchan and John Paterson with a couple.

Everton inside-forward Wilfred Chadwick replied, but to no avail as the home side ran out comfortable 3-1 victors.

Ultimately, Sunderland missed out on the league championship when finishing as runners-up to Everton's local rivals Liverpool by a six-point margin.

Top-class forward Charlie Buchan was the outstanding striker of the age and he eventually bagged 30 league strikes to end as leading scorer in the top-flight during that 1922-23 season.

Sunderland's line-up that day: Robson, Cresswell, England, Ferguson, Parker, Poole, Donaldson, Hawes, Ellis, Paterson, Buchan.