29 Facts About Sunderland AFC


Sunderland AFC Association Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Sunderland AFC, Tyne and Wear.

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Sunderland AFC have been Football League Cup finalists in 1985 and 2014.

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Sunderland AFC successfully defended the title the following season, aided by their Scottish centre forward John Campbell, who broke the 30-goal mark for the second time in consecutive seasons.

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Sunderland AFC then beat Scottish champions Heart of Midlothian in a game described as the "World Championship" match.

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Campbell did not achieve the same playing success as Watson, as Sunderland AFC failed to win any titles in his three seasons at the club.

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Sunderland AFC went on to captain the "Black Cats" for ten years and gain eleven England caps, making him the club's second most-capped England international behind Dave Watson.

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Sunderland AFC continued to take part until the match finished, but collapsed at home and died in hospital four days later.

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The following year, Sunderland AFC were relegated from the highest division for the first time in their 68-year league history.

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In 1987, Sunderland AFC saw one of the lowest points in their history, when they were relegated to the Third Division of the English league for the first time.

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Sunderland AFC returned to the Premier League as First Division champions in 1999 with a then-record 105 points.

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However, the club's stay in the top flight was short-lived as Sunderland AFC were relegated, this time with a new record-low total of 15 points.

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Under Moyes, Sunderland AFC made the worst ever start to a Premier League season, taking just two points from their opening 10 matches.

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In June 2017, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, a product of Sunderland AFC's academy, was transferred to Everton for a fee of £25 million, rising to a possible £30 million; a record for a British goalkeeper.

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Sunderland AFC was replaced by former Bolton manager Phil Parkinson.

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Sunderland AFC finished the season in 8th place, their lowest ever league position, with the final standings ultimately being determined by points per game due to football's suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sunderland AFC played in an all blue strip from their formation until 1884, when they adopted a red and white halved strip.

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Sunderland AFC have had eight grounds throughout their history; the first was at Blue House Field in Hendon in 1879.

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The ground was close to the place where Sunderland AFC formed, at Hendon Board School; at that time the rent for use of the ground was £10 .

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Sunderland AFC were nearly bankrupted by the cost of renovating the Main Stand, and Roker Park was put up for sale but no further action was taken.

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In 1997, Sunderland AFC moved to their present ground, Stadium of Light in Monkwearmouth, which was opened by Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

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One of the oldest Sunderland AFC chants is "Ha'way the lads" which was sung at Sunderland AFC games as far back as the 1960s.

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Sunderland AFC were mentioned in the May 1997 State Opening of Parliament when Chris Mullin, MP for Sunderland AFC South, stated in his seconding of Queen Elizabeth II's Gracious Speech:.

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Sunderland AFC has been through hard times in the past, and has survived; as before, we will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and come out fighting.

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Sunderland AFC looks to the future, not the past, and we shall soon be back in the Premier League.

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In October 2015, Sunderland AFC defeated rivals Newcastle United for the sixth consecutive time, a new record.

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Biggest transfer fee Sunderland AFC have ever received for one of their players is £30 million for Jordan Pickford, who moved to Everton in July 2017.

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The biggest transfer fee paid by Sunderland AFC is £13 million for Asamoah Gyan, who was bought from Rennes on 31 August 2010.

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On 25 June 2012, Sunderland AFC announced the strengthening of their partnership with the Invest in Africa initiative, with the initiative becoming the club's shirt sponsor for two years.

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On 1 June 2015 Sunderland AFC announced a new sponsorship with Dafabet to appear on the kits for the following season.

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