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Born on this day in 1948 is FA Cup hero Vic Halom, who played against Leeds and was instrumental in us getting to the final.

Vic joined the Lads from Luton in ‘73, and wrote himself into the history books within three months of his arrival. The big centre-forward was vital in our cup run, scoring two vital goals.

The first came against Cup favourites Manchester City, in the fifth round replay at Roker Park. The blistering strike remains part of SAFC folklore, sending 51,000 supporters delirious. His second iconic goal came in the semi-final, at Hillsborough against Arsenal.

Halom was a strong and aggressive striker, and at £35,000 was one of Bob Stokoe’s earliest and also best value transfers. He became a cult hero on Wearside, mostly due to his role in the cup win. Even in the final, he didn’t score but he held the ball up so well and was a battering ram that didn’t give the Leeds defence anything in the air.

After the FA Cup win, Vic was in the headlines again for a marvellous hat-trick against Derby County in a League Cup tie in October ‘73.

In his final season at SAFC Halom was plagued by injuries, but still earned a Division Two championship medal in 1975/76 before joining Oldham for £25,000. He later linked up with his 1973 teammate Ian Porterfield at Rotherham, as Ian was player-coach.

Outside of football, Halom would stand for the Liberal Democrats in Sunderland North in the 1992 General Election, but finished third behind Labour and Conservative candidates.

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