Sunderland AFC have had some fantastic opening games of the season throughout the decades, from their 1980 game against Everton to their 2007 match against Spurs.
If you’re looking forward to seeing how Sunderland perform in the 2019/20 season, then take a look back at the club’s first game of the season over the years.
1. Michael Chopra - 2007 - Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur
Michael Chopra scored in injury time to give the Sunderland team a superb victory over Tottenham on their return to the Premier League. Photo: Sunderland Echo
2. Darren Bent - 2009 - Sunderland v Bolton
Darren Bent led the Sunderland team to victory in their match against Bolton on the first day of the Premier League season, with new manager Steve Bruce. Photo: JPIMedia
3. Lynden Gooch - 2018 - Sunderland v Charlton Athletic
Lynden Gooch scored during injury-time, aiding Sunderland in their 2-1 win against Charlton Athletic in the start of their League One campaign. Photo: JPIMedia
4. Stan Varga - 2000 - Sunderland v Arsenal
New signing Varga made a superb Premier League debut at the Stadium of Light, as the Black Cats made a winning start to their 2000-01 campaign. Photo: JPIMedia