College honours Black Cats legend

FORMER Sunderland captain Kevin Ball has been introduced with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts through the college’s winter commencement ceremonies.

Born in Hastings, Kevin moved to the north-east in 1990 and started his footballing profession in central defence however finally moved into central midfield.

He began his skilled profession with Portsmouth within the second division. In 1990, he moved to Sunderland the place he performed 389 video games for the Black Cats, scoring 27 targets.

At Sunderland, Kevin performed within the 1992 FA Cup Last the place they misplaced 2-0 to Liverpool. He was named Sunderland AFC Participant of the Yr 4 instances within the Nineties.

Kevin Ball in a graduate cap and gown, holding his degree scroll. Stadium of Light in the background
The ceremony passed off at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Mild

Kevin was Captain of each the Sunderland sides that received first division titles in 1996 and 1999, and took one of many penalties within the shoot-out through the play-off last.

He additionally loved a profitable spell at Portsmouth and, after leaving Sunderland, had spells at Fulham and Burnley. 

Since his retirement from enjoying in 2003, Kevin has held quite a few positions at Sunderland, together with being caretaker supervisor twice and as a Membership Ambassador. 

The College of Sunderland is internet hosting its largest-ever spherical of Winter Commencement Ceremonies within the Stadium of Mild this week.

On receiving his honorary yesterday, Kevin mentioned: “I’m delighted that the College of Sunderland has acknowledged his time within the north-east and particularly to Sunderland Soccer Membership, their supporters and the good Metropolis of Sunderland.”

Twelve ceremonies are being held to have fun all of the arduous work and energy the graduates dedicated to their research, with greater than 2,000 college students gathering their levels.