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Famous Five: David Connolly Moments

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A review of David Connolly's finest moments at the club.

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Former Sunderland striker David Connolly has called time on his illustrious playing career at the grand age of 37, so we thought what better way to mark it than reviewing his greatest moments during his time at the club.

The Irish international striker joined the lads in 2006 on transfer deadline day from Wigan Athletic and quickly became an important part of Roy Keane's championship winning team.

Making 42 appearances for the club in two seasons, he scored a total of 13 goals, becoming the clubs top goal scorer in 06/07 season.

Within those performances and goals, David Connolly produced aplenty of great memories for club, earning him a wonderfully catchy song at the same time.

So of those memories, we've selected our favourites to reminisce about. So here you are, David Connolly's top five Sunderland moments!

5. v Barnsley (A)

In a 2-0 win, Sunderland were backed by an outstanding 8,000 strong army, armed with impressive vocals. Connolly secured the win in the 90th minute to send the loyal troops into party mode.

4. v Luton (A)

The final Sunderland goal of the Championship season, Connolly once again gave the orchestra the chance to sing that all so great song, capping a fantastic and uplifting season wonderfully.

3. v Burnley (A)

Two-nil down with ten minutes remaining, Sunderland's lackluster performance at Turf Moor was soon forgotten after two wonder strikes secured a point, which left then Burnley manager Steve Cotterill sobbing "you f**king robbed us". Grant Leadbitter's strike on eighty minutes gave initial hope before Connolly smashed a fantastic 90th minute volley into the net to send the travelling fans crazy - and tumbling onto the pitch.

2. v Southampton (A)

He didn't score, but what an assist to set up Grant Leadbitter for the winning goal to send the lads top of the Championship. After going a goal down in the 67th minute, the lads completed the turn around twenty minutes later through wonderful, patient movement from Connolly to set Leadbitter up, which he duly finished emphatically.

1. v Burnley (H)

In the penultimate game of the season, with the club still chasing promotion, the lads found themselves losing two-one. Soon after the interval, Carlos Edwards was hacked down and David Connolly stepped up to take his second penalty of the night, after missing the first in the 21st minute. As 44,000 Sunderland fans nervously looked on, Connolly kept his nerve and converted the crucial penalty, setting the lads up for victory, leaving them on the brink of promotion.