City won 4-3 at Newcastle to claim what remains their most recent title success. How can it be that long since Sunderland won there? E."It was the only time I think I ever won at Old Trafford," Suggett continues. The first player to be sold by a North-east club for a six-figure fee, when he moved from Sunderland to West Bromwich Albion for £100,000 in 1969, his fleetness of foot famously got him into a glaringly offside position at Elland Road in April, 1971.
United, as Wolstenholme suggested, were expected to make light work of a Sunderland side that had spent most of the season fighting the threat of relegation."Never in League history can a season have moved towards such a breathtaking close, " Ken Jones wrote in that morning's Daily Mirror. Only the name on the trophy may have to be changed."United were the reigning champions.
They were the kings-elect of Europe: 1-0 up from the home leg of their European Cup semi-final against Real Madrid with the trip to the Bernabeu to come.
That turned out to be the boy of 19 highlighted by Wolstenholme before the kick off.
"Colin Suggett," he said, as the camera focused on Sunderland's No 10, "a former schoolboy and youth international, an extraordinarily promising young gentleman."Just how promising became clear after 14 minutes when Bruce Stuckey whipped a low right-wing cross into the six-yard box.
After 32 minutes he delivered a beautifully measured cross from the right for George Mulhall to head the party-poopers into a 2-0 lead. And kick off and watch."They were very good at the time: Bestie and Denis Law and Bobby Charlton and all the rest. I think a little bit of fear was in them about the result. I had a little bit of pace, and so did George Mulhall and Bruce Stuckey.
Best pulled a goal back in first-half injury time but Sunderland held out for what remains their most recent victory at Old Trafford. Everything was on the game – the championship – and they froze a bit."I think we were so relaxed we got at them – and, to be fair, we were the best team on the day. We turned them around a bit."Suggett was a supremely talented inside forward with the natural speed of a former Durham county schools 220 yards champion.Now 62, he lives in Sunderland and works as a scout for Glasgow Rangers. The BBC1 schedule that night included The Dick Van Dyke Show and the Man From U. The linesman raised his flag and the Leeds players stopped in their tracks but referee Ray Tinkler ruled that Suggett was not interfering with play.Suggett flashed a first-time shot past Alex Stepney into the Stretford End goal."Suggett's goal bore the hallmark of Jimmy Greaves in his deadliest mood," Bob Cass wrote in the Newcastle Journal."One unerring swoop on a cross from Stuckey and the ball was in the net in a flash, drowning the roars of 'We are the champions' into muffled silence."Suggett was not finished.The previous week they had spanked Newcastle 6-0 at home, George Best scoring a hat-trick to celebrate his naming as Footballer of the Year."Georgie! " the swaying hordes on the Stretford End chanted as the teams ran out.As it happened, Georgie was not the best man on the day.