On This Day: Academy of Football graduates Junior Stanislas and James Tomkins down Sunderland


It was a day to remember for the West Ham United Academy on this day in 2009, as two homegrown products got on the scoresheet to secure a 2-0 Premier League win against Sunderland.

Nineteen-year-old winger Junior Stanislas got the ball rolling with his 42nd-minute opener, before defender James Tomkins celebrated turning 20 the previous week by doubling the Irons' advantage early in the second period.

With Mark Noble also starting at the Boleyn Ground, it was another fine example of the Hammers' tradition on bringing young players through.

Gianfranco Zola's West Ham went on to finish ninth in the table with 51 points, while Sunderland narrowly escaped relegation in 16th place.



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