8 Facts About Sunderland

1. The biggest transfer fee paid by Sunderland is the eventual £17.1 million for Didier Ndong, who was bought from FC Lorient in August 2016.

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

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

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4. On 5 December 1908, Sunderland achieved their highest ever league win, against north-east rivals Newcastle United.

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5. University of Sunderland was named the top university in England for providing the best student experience by The Times Higher Education Supplement in 2006.

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6. Port of Sunderland is the second largest municipally owned port in the UK.

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7. The last shipyard in Sunderland closed on 7 December 1988.

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8. The Port of Sunderland was significantly expanded in the 1850s with the construction of Hudson Dock to designs by River Wear Commissioner's Engineer John Murray, with consultancy by Robert Stephenson.

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