Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup-winning team pay tribute to Ian Porterfield
Sunderland's £6m striker Kenwyne Jones inspired his side to victory against Reading on a moving day for the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.
Prior to kick off they paid their respects to 1973 FA Cup-winning scorer Ian Porterfield, who died on Tuesday.
Jones opened the scoring with his first Sunderland goal, a brilliant turn and sizzling finish from 25 yards out.
He laid on a second for Ross Wallace to slot home, before Dave Kitson headed home a late consolation for Reading.
It was an emotionally-charged afternoon on Wearside, as Sunderland bade farewell to one of their favourite sons.
Commentary of Porterfield's goal from the 1-0 win over Leeds was played over the tannoy system prior to kick off, followed by a rapturous minute's applause from the 39,272 present.
Once the game got under way, it seemed Sunderland were keen to honour the memory of a man who also managed Reading for 20 months until February 1991.
The visitors had more possession but Sunderland created two early chances, first Jones and then Grant Leadbitter with a 20-yard dipping volley both forcing Marcus Hahnemann to save.
Roy Keane's outlay of £6m on Jones - unproven at Premier League level - had raised eyebrows in some quarters.
Jones celebrates his first Sunderland goal in some style
But just before the half-hour mark, the giant Trinidadian began to repay his fee by collecting the ball 25 yards out, turning smartly, shrugging off Ivar Ingimarsson and rifling a left-foot thunderbolt inside Hahnemann's left-hand post.
Jones could have had a hat-trick before half-time, nodding one Danny Collins centre wide and then, remarkably, heading a fine Wallace cross into the ground and over the bar from five yards.
After a bright opening Reading had faded badly and less than 90 seconds into the second half they were even more up against it.
Jones somehow wriggled through three challenges and escaped down the right, his cross evading Michael Chopra but rolling perfectly for Wallace to sidefoot home.
Reading summoned a reply, Liam Rosenior claiming Wallace handled his shot in the area, before, at the other end, Graeme Murty had to be alert to clear another goalbound Wallace effort.
Without an away goal or a second-half strike to their name all season, Reading at the moment look a million miles away from the team that won so many new admirers last term.
They looked toothless up front until Bobby Convey came on, the American winger seeing his cross-shot just evade Kitson and the far post.
Reading finally got on the scoresheet five minutes from time when Kitson glanced in Nicky Shorey's free-kick, but it would have been undeniably harsh on Sunderland had Keane's men not taken all three points.
Sunderland boss Roy Keane on a difficult day:
"The players were fantastic and the fans were all day. It was quite emotional before the game and it was a great tribute to a top player.
"It was a good display. The last few minutes were nervous due to a sloppy goal, but we should have been 4-0 up.
"Kenwyne Jones was different class. They just could not handle him today."
Reading manager Steve Coppell:
"We must react positively and get some more points on the board.
"We're in basically in a situation where we need to improve. We've leaked too many and haven't scored enough.
"Kenwyne Jones was a physical and skilful presence for them, he scored one and was involved in a lot for them. But we didn't defend him very well."
Sunderland: Gordon, McShane, Higginbotham, Nosworthy, Collins, Leadbitter, Etuhu, Yorke, Wallace (Stokes 64), Jones (Murphy 83), Chopra (Miller 81).
Subs Not Used: Ward, Halford.
Goals: Jones 29, Wallace 47.
Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Bikey, Ingimarsson, Shorey, Rosenior (Convey 78), Harper, Gunnarsson (Fae 73), Hunt, Lita (Long 67), Kitson.
Subs Not Used: Federici, De la Cruz.
Booked: Gunnarsson, Bikey.
Goals: Kitson 85.
Ref: Steve Tanner (Somerset).