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Titled as ‘The Greatest Season’ in the Absolute Record book, for a season that started so poorly, few could have believed around that time that this team were going to be league champions and finalists in the FA Cup.
Bob Kyle’s men struggled immensely in the early parts of the season shipping some heavy defeats which included an opening day defeat to our arch rivals Newcastle United. It took until a home game against Midlesborough in October for Kyle’s men to pick up their first win of the campaign.
The signings of goalkeeper Joe Butler from Glossop and defender Charlie Gladwin helped turn the tide at Wearside where the club only experienced defeat on four more occasions throughout the rest of the season after that win against ‘Boro.
On this day in 1912, Kyle’s men put in a stirring performance where one particular stole the show - Charlie Buchan. In a 7-0 hammering of Liverpool, Buchan grabbed the headlines with five goals of his own making him the first Sunderland player ever to achieve this feat.
According to reports of the game, Sunderland were simply swashbuckling in how they played. Although one of the reports was certainly Liverpool biased, they couldn’t deny the excellent performance by the team:
The simple fact was that the Wearsiders were right at top of their own form and were in a mood that would have battered any defence on the day. It was not a case of one man being at his best but the whole eleven and when this occurs the opposition can only expect one result.
Described as silky and skilful, Jackie Mordue and Harry Martin - who both scored a goal each - received special praise in one report where it was said their hassling of defenders throughout the game put the Liverpool defence under severe pressure.
Such was the pressure the Liverpool defence were put on, the home crowd gave Liverpool goalkeeper Kenny Campbell an ovation at the end of the game that he kept the score to only seven.
The spectators cheered him to the echo as he left the field as he stood between his opponents and a record defeat.
The day belonged to Charlie Buchan however where his five goals was a Sunderland record for one player in a game. According to the Liverpool report of the game, the Liverpool players were surprised at his, ability though they were in awe at the quality of finishing that he put in.
Buchan netted two in the first half (17th and 43rd minute) and three between the 60th and 85th minute to cap off a resounding display by the home side.
If Liverpool spectators weren’t aware of Buchan after this game, they surely were when the striker netted a hat-trick at Anfield to make it eight goals against the Reds this particular season.
It certainly was an amazing time to be a Sunderland fan as the club edged out Aston Villa to win the league though their luck ran out in the cup where the same outfit beat them 1-0.