IT WAS A family affair at Jody Craddock’s testimonial today as the former Sunderland defender’s three sons ensured Wolves finished on top in the battle of his old clubs.
In a walk down Memory Lane which saw more than 9,000 inside Molineux to see old boys from Sunderland and Wolves, it was the hosts who finished on top after coming from behind in the second half.
A header from ex-Sunderland chairman and striker Niall Quinn, paired with Kevin Phillips up front, gave the Black Cats a half-time lead.
Dave Edwards equalised after the break before Craddock himself conceded a spot-kick in the final 10 minutes.
All three of Craddock’s sons, Joseph, Luke and Toby, took a spot-kick to secure victory for Wolves, with proceeds from the event going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Phillips spurned an early opportunity after a miskick from Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme, which the striker could only cushion into the turf from just inside the area.
Current Ipswich striker Sylvan Ebanks Blake should then have broken the deadlock when he was played in by Dave Edwards, but blazed his shot over the bar.
Midway through the first half, Phillips saw his shot blocked from Julio Arca’s left-wing corner, before Quinn sliced the rebound over the bar from six yards.
Sunderland should have gone ahead in the 34th minute when Michael Gray’s through-ball left Kevin Kilbane clean through on goal, but the winger scuffed his effort wide.
But two minutes before the interval, Sunderland were rewarded for their pressure as they went ahead through a Quinn back-post header.
Neil Wainwright sent in an arching cross from the right and Quinn got away from Craddock before cushioning a diving header inside the post.
HALF-TIME Wolves 0 Sunderland 1
Sunderland boss Bobby Saxton made a string of changes early in the second half, with Kevin Phillips, Julio Arca, Michael Gray, Neil Wainwright, Martin Smith, Darren Holloway and Kevin Kilbane making way.
Wolves went close to levelling just after the hour mark when Ebanks-Blake fired wide of the far post from the left-hand side of the six-yard box.
The Black Cats should have doubled their lead in the 68th minute when Matt Piper’s inswinging cross from the left picked out Michael Proctor, four yards out, but the striker could only sky his effort over the bar.
Seconds later, Gavin McCann lifted a chip onto the roof of the net from the left-hand side of the penalty area.
Wolves equalised in the 70th minute when Edwards met Ebanks-Blake’s low right-wing cross and cushioned his effort inside the near post.
David Duke then fired in a low shot from the edge of the area which was gathered by Wolves stopper Jonathan Flatt.
Craddock had swapped sides midway through the second half to line up alongside regular former defensive partner Darren Williams.
But with seven minutes to go, the 38-year-old conceded a penalty after a foul on Hollyoaks actor Ayden Callaghan.
All three of Craddock’s sons, Toby, Luke and Joseph, took turns to take a spot-kick, with the trio all finding the net.
FULL-TIME Sunderland 1 Wolves 4
WOLVES STARTING XI: Ikeme, Collins, Craddock, Berra, R Edwards, Daley, D Edwards, Olofinjana, Hill, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake.
SUNDERLAND: Sorensen (Myrhe 46), Wainwright (Jones 55), Gray (Piper 55), Holloway (Harrison 55, Craddock 66), Williams, Rae (Arca 18, McCann 55), McCann (Stewart 18), Smith (Duke 55), Quinn (Proctor 43), Phillips (Sloane 55, Wainwright 75), Kilbane (Aiston 55).