Sunderland’s record 8-0 defeat matched

How the Football Echo reported Sunderland's joint record 8-0 defeat at West Ham in 1968
How the Football Echo reported Sunderland's joint record 8-0 defeat at West Ham in 1968
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Sunderland’s 8-0 drubbing at Southampton today matched the club’s’ record defeat.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, will join the eight-goal hammerings at West Ham, on October 19, 1968 (spookily the same weekend as today’s humiliation), and at Watford on September 25, 1982 in the list of shame.

Geoff Hurst led the way with an astonishing six-goal haul in the Hammers’ victory at Upton Park, netting a hat-trick in each half. The Londoners were four up at the break and carried on their utter dominance to the final whistle, with Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking also scoring.

Newly-promoted Watford, incredibly, massacred Sunderland to record their first ever win over the Wearsiders. They were also four up at half-time and, despite dropping the tempo at times in the second period, still added another four in outclassing the visitors to Vicarage Road.

Luther Blissett claimed his first ever hat-trick, going on to make it four on his own, to inspire the Hornets, backed by two goals apiece from winger Nigel Callaghan and Ross Jenkins, with Chris Turner helpless in goal.