Tag: Sunderland

Sunderland’s Fall From Grace Continues

When the full-time whistle blew at the Stadium of Light yesterday afternoon, the only limiting factor on the cacophony of boos that greeted the players as they slunk from the pitch was that so many of the 25,000 strong crowd seemed already to have left the ground. It had been supposed that relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season might, at least by way of compensation, provide some sort of relief from the perpetual cycle of ever-diminishing hope and ever-expanding ennui that being a Sunderland supporter had become. Perhaps, it was reckoned, Sunderland needed to...

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Sunderland: When The Lights Go Out

This season marks the sixtieth anniversary of a very significant event in the history of Sunderland AFC. Sixty-eight years earlier, in 1890, the club had joined the Football League and in the intervening seven decades the club had become the only club to be an ever-present member of the First Division. The previous season had issued the club with a warning, when it finished in twentieth place in the table, just one place above the relegation zone. This time around, though, there was no such luck. Despite winning its final two matches of the league season and with just...

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Video of The Day: Meanwhile Back In Sunderland, 1973

Late this afternoon, Manchester United play Sunderland in this year’s FA Cup final, and for our video this morning we’re going back more than four decades for a documentary detailing how a town many miles from London watched their team in a Cup Final whilst many, many miles away from it all. In 1973, Sunderland reached the FA Cup final from the Second Division, where they had to face off against Leeds United. Leeds were the defending holders of the competition and had been pushing hard at the top of the First Division, despite having been edged out of...

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Video of the Day: Sunderland vs Everton, March 1983

Sunderland play Everton at Roker Park this evening in a Premier League match which may secure their place in the top division and relegate their fierce rivals Newcastle United at the same time. Considering the extent to which Everton have only just been turning up for matches of late, never mind competing in them, it would appear that Sam Allardyce may be set to work his magic again and pull this club back from the brink, and even in the event of them failing this evening, they would still have another chance on Sunday, when a win in their...

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Video of the Day: Sunderland vs Brighton & Hove Albion, April 1981

Sunderland and Brighton & Hove Albion both have critical matches in their respective divisions today, with Sunderland battling to stay in the Premier League and Brighton needing a win from their trip to Middlesbrough in order to get there. This isn’t the first time the Albion have had to travel to the north-east of England on the last day of the season with something at stake. In 1979, a win away to Newcastle United on the last day of the season secured promotion to the First Division of the Football League, and two years later Albion had a similarly...

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