Sunderland A.F.C.

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Sunderland A.F.C.
Full nameSunderland Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Black Cats
Short nameSAFC
Founded1879; 142 years ago (1879)
(as Sunderland and District Teachers)
GroundStadium of Light
Capacity49,000
OwnerKyril Louis-Dreyfus (majority)
ChairmanKyril Louis-Dreyfus
Head coachLee Johnson
LeagueLeague One
2020–21League One, 4th of 24
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sunderland Association Football Club is an English football club. They are from the city of Sunderland.

The club played in the Premier League in the 2005/2006 season, they finished bottom. They played in the Football League Championship in 2006/2007, but were promoted back to the Premiership for 2007/08 under manager Roy Keane.

Sunderland AFC were created in 1879 and joined the Football League in 1891. They have won the league six times. The last time Sunderland won the league was in 1936. Sunderland have won the FA Cup two times, in 1937 and 1973.

For 99 years, Sunderland played their home games at Roker Park. In 1997 they moved, and now play their home games at the Stadium of Light. The stadium holds 49,000 people.

The team's most recent promotion to the English Premier League was in 2007, and they are now, in 2015/16, in their ninth season in a row in this division. They have had three different managers in 2013. Martin O'Neill was fired at the end of March and Paolo Di Canio became manager. He was fired in September after the team had bad results, and Gus Poyet replaced him on October 8th.

Seasons[change | change source]

Season League FA Cup EFL Cup[a] Europe / Other Top league goalscorer(s)[1]
Division (Tier) Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name(s) Goals
1884–85 There was no league football until 1888–89 QR
1885–86 QR
1886–87 QR
1887–88 Disq[b]
1888–89 Sunderland did not join The Football League until 1890–91 QR
1889–90 R1
1890–91 FL (1) 22 10 5 7 51 31 23[c] 7th SF Johnny Campbell 19
1891–92 FL (1) 26 21 0 5 93 36 42 1st SF Johnny Campbell 32
1892–93 Div 1[d] (1) 30 22 4 4 100 36 48 1st QF Johnny Campbell 31
1893–94 Div 1 (1) 30 17 4 9 72 44 38 2nd R2 Jimmy Millar 20
1894–95 Div 1 (1) 30 21 5 4 80 37 47 1st SF Football World Championship W Johnny Campbell 22
1895–96 Div 1 (1) 30 15 7 8 52 41 37 5th R2 Johnny Campbell 15
1896–97 Div 1 (1) 30 7 9 14 34 47 23 15th[e] R2 Football League Test Matches 2nd James Gillespie
Jimmy Hannah
8
1897–98 Div 1 (1) 30 16 5 9 43 30 37 2nd R1 John Brown
Jim Leslie
Hughie Wilson
8
1898–99 Div 1 (1) 34 15 6 13 41 41 36 7th R2 Jim Leslie 9
1899–1900 Div 1 (1) 34 19 3 12 50 35 41 3rd R2 Colin McLatchie 10
1900–01 Div 1 (1) 34 15 13 6 57 26 43 2nd R1 Geordie Livingstone 12
1901–02 Div 1 (1) 34 19 6 9 50 35 44 1st R2 Jimmy Gemmell
Billy Hogg
10
1902–03 Div 1 (1) 34 16 9 9 51 36 41 3rd R1 Sheriff of London Charity Shield[f] W Jimmy Gemmell
Joe Hewitt
Jimmy Millar
7
1903–04 Div 1 (1) 34 17 5 12 63 49 39 6th R1 Jack Craggs
Billy Hogg
12
1904–05 Div 1 (1) 34 16 8 10 60 44 40 5th R1 George Holley
Walter Watkins
9
1905–06 Div 1 (1) 38 15 5 18 61 70 35 14th R3 Arthur Bridgett 17
1906–07 Div 1 (1) 38 14 9 15 65 66 37 10th R3 Arthur Bridgett 25
1907–08 Div 1 (1) 38 16 3 19 78 75 35 16th R1 George Holley 23
1908–09 Div 1 (1) 38 21 2 15 78 63 44 3rd QF George Holley 18
1909–10 Div 1 (1) 38 18 5 15 66 51 41 8th R3 George Holley 20
1910–11 Div 1 (1) 38 15 15 8 67 48 45 3rd R1 Tim Coleman 19
1911–12 Div 1 (1) 38 14 11 13 58 51 39 8th R3 George Holley[g] 25
1912–13 Div 1 (1) 38 25 4 9 86 43 54 1st RU Charlie Buchan 27
1913–14 Div 1 (1) 38 17 6 15 63 52 40 7th QF George Holley 15
1914–15 Div 1 (1) 38 18 5 15 81 72 41 8th R1 Charlie Buchan 23
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.
1919–20 Div 1 (1) 42 22 4 16 72 59 48 5th R3 Charlie Buchan 21
1920–21 Div 1 (1) 42 14 13 15 57 60 41 12th R1 Charlie Buchan 27
1921–22 Div 1 (1) 42 16 8 18 60 62 40 12th R1 Charlie Buchan 21
1922–23 Div 1 (1) 42 22 10 10 72 54 54 2nd R2 Charlie Buchan 30
1923–24 Div 1 (1) 42 22 9 11 71 54 53 3rd R1 Charlie Buchan 26
1924–25 Div 1 (1) 42 19 10 13 64 51 48 7th R2 Bobby Marshall 18
1925–26 Div 1 (1) 42 21 6 15 96 80 48 3rd R5 Dave Halliday 38
1926–27 Div 1 (1) 42 21 7 14 98 70 49 3rd R3 Dave Halliday 36
1927–28 Div 1 (1) 42 15 9 18 74 76 39 15th R4 Dave Halliday 35
1928–29 Div 1 (1) 42 20 7 15 93 75 47 4th R3 Dave Halliday 43[h]
1929–30 Div 1 (1) 42 18 7 17 76 80 43 9th R5 Bobby Gurney 15
1930–31 Div 1 (1) 42 16 9 17 89 85 41 11th SF Bobby Gurney 30
1931–32 Div 1 (1) 42 15 10 17 67 73 40 13th R4 Bobby Gurney 16
1932–33 Div 1 (1) 42 15 10 17 63 80 40 12th QF Bobby Gurney 15
1933–34 Div 1 (1) 42 16 12 14 81 56 44 6th R4 Bobby Gurney 21
1934–35 Div 1 (1) 42 19 16 7 90 51 54 2nd R4 Bobby Gurney 30
1935–36 Div 1 (1) 42 25 6 11 109 74 56 1st R3 Raich Carter
Bobby Gurney
31
1936–37 Div 1 (1) 42 19 6 17 89 87 44 8th W[i] Charity Shield[j] W Raich Carter 26
1937–38 Div 1 (1) 42 14 16 12 55 57 44 8th SF Charity Shield RU Raich Carter 13
1938–39 Div 1 (1) 42 13 12 17 54 67 38 16th R5 Raich Carter 15
1939–40 Div 1 (1) 3 1 0 2 6 7 2 [k]
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
1945–46 n/a[l] R5
1946–47 Div 1 (1) 42 18 8 16 65 66 44 9th R3 Jackie Robinson
Cliff Whitelum
17
1947–48 Div 1 (1) 42 13 10 19 56 67 36 20th R3 Dickie Davis 12
1948–49 Div 1 (1) 42 13 17 12 49 58 43 8th R4 Dickie Davis 10
1949–50 Div 1 (1) 42 21 10 11 83 62 52 3rd R4 Dickie Davis 25
1950–51 Div 1 (1) 42 12 16 14 63 73 40 12th QF Trevor Ford 16
1951–52 Div 1 (1) 42 15 12 15 70 61 42 12th R3 Trevor Ford
Len Shackleton
22
1952–53 Div 1 (1) 42 15 13 14 68 82 43 9th R4 Trevor Ford 20
1953–54 Div 1 (1) 42 14 8 20 81 89 36 18th R3 Tommy Wright 18
1954–55 Div 1 (1) 42 15 18 9 64 54 48 4th R4 Ken Chisholm 18
1955–56 Div 1 (1) 42 17 9 16 80 95 43 9th SF Charlie Fleming 29
1956–57 Div 1 (1) 42 12 8 22 67 88 32 20th R4 Charlie Fleming 25
1957–58 Div 1 (1) ↓ 42 10 12 20 54 97 32 21st R3 Alan O'Neill 13
1958–59 Div 2 (2) 42 16 8 18 64 75 40 15th R3 Don Kichenbrand 21
1959–60 Div 2 (2) 42 12 12 18 52 65 36 16th R3 Ian Lawther 17
1960–61 Div 2 (2) 42 17 13 12 75 60 47 6th QF R2 Ian Lawther 24
1961–62 Div 2 (2) 42 22 9 11 85 50 53 3rd R4 QF Brian Clough 29
1962–63 Div 2 (2) 42 20 12 10 84 55 52 3rd R5 SF Brian Clough 24
1963–64 Div 2 (2) Up-arrow 42 25 11 6 81 37 61 2nd QF R2 Johnny Crossan 22
1964–65 Div 1 (1) 42 14 9 19 64 74 37 15th R4 R4 Nick Sharkey 18
1965–66 Div 1 (1) 42 14 8 20 51 72 36 19th R3 R3 Neil Martin
George Mulhall
8
1966–67 Div 1 (1) 42 14 8 20 58 72 36 17th R5 R2 Neil Martin 20
1967–68 Div 1 (1) 42 13 11 18 51 61 37 15th R3 R4 Colin Suggett 14
1968–69 Div 1 (1) 42 11 12 19 43 67 34 17th R3 R2 Colin Suggett 9
1969–70 Div 1 (1) ↓ 42 6 14 22 30 68 26 21st R3 R2 Anglo-Italian Cup Grp Gordon Harris 7
1970–71 Div 2 (2) 42 15 12 15 52 54 42 13th R3 R2 Joe Baker 10
1971–72 Div 2 (2) 42 17 16 9 67 57 50 5th R4 R2 Anglo-Italian Cup Grp Dennis Tueart
Dave Watson
13
1972–73 Div 2 (2) 42 17 12 13 59 49 46 6th W[m] R2 Billy Hughes 15
1973–74 Div 2 (2) 42 19 9 14 58 44 47 6th R3 R3 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup R2[n] Vic Halom 18
1974–75 Div 2 (2) 42 19 13 10 65 35 51 4th R4 R2 Texaco Cup Grp Pop Robson 19
1975–76 Div 2 (2) Up-arrow 42 24 8 10 67 36 56 1st QF R2 Anglo-Scottish Cup Grp Pop Robson 13
1976–77 Div 1 (1) ↓ 42 11 12 19 46 54 34 20th R3 R3 Bob Lee 13
1977–78 Div 2 (2) 42 14 16 12 67 59 44 6th R3 R2 Gary Rowell 18
1978–79 Div 2 (2) 42 22 11 9 70 44 55 4th R4 R2 Anglo-Scottish Cup Grp Gary Rowell 21
1979–80 Div 2 (2) Up-arrow 42 21 12 9 69 42 54 2nd R3 R4 Anglo-Scottish Cup Grp Pop Robson 20
1980–81 Div 1 (1) 42 14 7 21 52 53 35 17th R3 R2 Gary Rowell 10
1981–82 Div 1 (1) 42 11 11 20 38 58 44[o] 19th R4 R3 Gary Rowell 9
1982–83 Div 1 (1) 42 12 14 16 48 61 50 16th R3 R3 Gary Rowell 16
1983–84 Div 1 (1) 42 13 13 16 42 53 52 13th R4 R3 Colin West 9
1984–85 Div 1 (1) ↓ 42 10 10 22 40 62 40 21st R3 RU[p] Clive Walker 10
1985–86 Div 2 (2) 42 13 11 18 47 61 50 18th R4 R2 Full Members' Cup ASF Eric Gates 9
1986–87 Div 2 (2) ↓ 42 12 12 18 49 59 48 20th[q] R3 R1 Full Members' Cup R2 David Buchanan
Mark Proctor
8
1987–88 Div 3 (3) Up-arrow 42 27 12 7 92 48 93 1st R2 R1 Associate Members' Cup AQF Marco Gabbiadini 21
1988–89 Div 2 (2) 46 16 15 15 60 60 63 11th R3 R2 Full Members' Cup R2 Marco Gabbiadini 18
1989–90 Div 2 (2) Up-arrow 46 20 14 12 70 64 74 6th[r] R3 QF Full Members' Cup
R1
Marco Gabbiadini 21
1990–91 Div 1 (1) ↓ 38 8 10 20 38 60 34 19th R3 R3 Full Members' Cup R3 Marco Gabbiadini 9
1991–92 Div 2 (2) 46 14 11 21 61 65 53 18th RU R2 Don Goodman 11
1992–93 Div 1[s] (2) 46 13 11 22 50 64 50 21st R4 R1 Anglo-Italian Cup Grp Don Goodman 16
1993–94 Div 1 (2) 46 19 8 19 54 57 65 12th R4 R3 Anglo-Italian Cup Grp Phil Gray 14
1994–95 Div 1 (2) 46 12 18 16 41 45 54 20th R4 R2 Phil Gray 12
1995–96 Div 1 (2) Up-arrow 46 22 17 7 59 33 83 1st R3 R2 Craig Russell 13
1996–97 Prem (1) ↓ 38 10 10 18 35 53 40 18th R3 R3 Craig Russell
Paul Stewart
4
1997–98 Div 1 (2) 46 26 12 8 86 50 90 3rd[t] R4 R3 First Division Play-offs RU Kevin Phillips 29
1998–99 Div 1 (2) Up-arrow 46 31 12 3 91 28 105 1st R4 SF Kevin Phillips 23
1999–2000 Prem (1) 38 16 10 12 57 56 58 7th R4 R3 Kevin Phillips 30
2000–01 Prem (1) 38 15 12 11 46 41 57 7th R5 QF Kevin Phillips 14
2001–02 Prem (1) 38 10 10 18 29 51 40 17th R3 R2 Kevin Phillips 11
2002–03 Prem (1) ↓ 38 4 7 27 21 65 19 20th R5 R4 Kevin Phillips 6
2003–04 Div 1 (2) 46 22 13 11 62 45 79 3rd[u] SF R2 First Division Play-offs SF Marcus Stewart 14
2004–05 Chmp[v] (2) Up-arrow 46 29 7 10 76 41 94 1st R4 R2 Marcus Stewart 16
2005–06 Prem (1) ↓ 38 3 6 29 26 69 15 20th R4 R3 Liam Lawrence
Anthony Le Tallec
Tommy Miller
Dean Whitehead
3
2006–07 Chmp (2) Up-arrow 46 27 7 12 76 47 88 1st R3 R1 David Connolly 13
2007–08 Prem (1) 38 11 6 21 36 59 39 15th R3 R2 Kenwyne Jones 7
2008–09 Prem (1) 38 9 9 20 34 54 36 16th R4 R4 Djibril Cissé
Kenwyne Jones
10
2009–10 Prem (1) 38 11 11 16 48 56 44 13th R4 R4 Darren Bent 25
2010–11 Prem (1) 38 12 11 15 45 56 47 10th R3 R3 Asamoah Gyan 10
2011–12 Prem (1) 38 11 12 15 45 46 45 13th QF R2 Nicklas Bendtner 8
2012–13 Prem (1) 38 9 12 17 41 54 39 17th R3 R4 Steven Fletcher 11
2013–14 Prem (1) 38 10 8 20 41 60 38 14th QF RU[w] Premier League Asia Trophy RU Adam Johnson 8
2014–15 Prem (1) 38 7 17 14 31 53 38 16th R5 R3 Steven Fletcher
Connor Wickham
5
2015–16 Prem (1) 38 9 12 17 48 62 39 17th R3 R3 Jermain Defoe 15
2016–17 Prem (1) ↓ 38 6 6 26 29 69 24 20th R3 R4 Jermain Defoe 14
2017–18 Chmp (2) ↓ 46 7 16 23 52 80 37 24th R3 R3 Lewis Grabban 12
2018–19 One (3) 46 22 19 5 80 47 85 5th[x] R2 R1 EFL Trophy
RU[y]
Josh Maja 15
2019–20 One (3) 36 16 11 9 48 32 59 8th[z] R1 R4 EFL Trophy Grp Chris Maguire 10
2020–21 One (3) 46 20 17 9 70 42 77 4th[aa] R1 R1 EFL Trophy
League One Play-offs

Charlie Wyke 26
Notes
  1. The League Cup competition started in the 1960–61 season.
  2. Sunderland were disqualified from the FA Cup after beating Middlesbrough 4–2 in a third qualifying round replay, Middlesbrough protested that Sunderland had paid three of their players, they were disqualified for "professionalism".[2]
  3. Sunderland were deducted two points due to fielding Ned Doig, an ineligible player, finishing the season on 23 points.[3]
  4. The Football League expanded to two divisions in 1892, absorbing most of the teams from the Football Alliance. The league previously known simply as the Football League became the Football League First Division.
  5. Sunderland retained their place in Division One by winning one and drawing two of four test matches, playing home and away against Notts County and Newton Heath.[3][4]
  6. The Sheriff of London Charity Shield was a football competition in England, which lasted from 1898 to 1907, it was last won by Newcastle United. It was made defunct, and succeeded by the Charity Shield.[5]
  7. Holley was joint-top Division One scorer with Harry Hampton and David McLean of Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.[1]
  8. Club record for most league goals (43) scored in a season.[1]
  9. Won against Preston North End 3–1 in final at the old Wembley Stadium.
  10. The Charity Shield was first played for in 1908. In its early years, the match took place at the end of the season, but was subsequently moved to September or October of the following season. From 1959 onwards it has been played in August, prior to the beginning of the league programme. It was renamed the FA Community Shield in 2002.[5]
  11. The 1939–40 season was abandoned in early September and all results annulled.[6]
  12. The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46 but the Football League did not resume until the following season.
  13. Won against Leeds United 1–0 in final at the old Wembley Stadium.
  14. Sunderland qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after winning the 1973 FA Cup Final, they made it to the Second Round where they won the first leg of their match against Sporting CP 2–1. They lost 0–2 in the second leg, and were knocked out, beaten 2–3 on aggregate.[7]
  15. The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win.
  16. Lost to Norwich City 0–1 in final at the old Wembley Stadium.
  17. Relegated through promotion-relegation play-offs, after being beaten on the away goals rule in a 6–6 draw over two legs against Gillingham. This was also the first time they had been relegated to the third tier of English football.[3][8]
  18. Swindon Town were initially promoted to Division One through the play-offs after beating Sunderland 1–0 at the old Wembley Stadium. However, Sunderland were instead promoted as Swindon had made illegal payments that season.[3]
  19. With the advent of the Premier League, the second tier of English football became known as the First Division.
  20. Lost 6–7 on penalties, after finishing 4–4 after extra time, to Charlton Athletic in play-off final at the old Wembley Stadium.[3]
  21. Lost 4–5 on penalties, after finishing 4–4 on aggregate, in play-off semi-finals to Crystal Palace.[3]
  22. In 2004–05 the Football League First Division had been renamed the Football League Championship as part of a re-branding exercise by the Football League.
  23. Lost to Manchester City 1–3 in final at Wembley Stadium.
  24. Lost to Charlton Athletic 1–2 in play-off final at Wembley Stadium.
  25. Lost to Portsmouth 4–5 on penalties, after finishing 2–2 after extra time, in final at Wembley Stadium.
  26. Lowest League finish.
  27. Lost to Lincoln City 2–3 on aggregate in play-off semi-finals.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "English League Leading Goalscorers 1889–2007". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  2. "Sunderland 4–2 Middlesbrough". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Sunderland Association Football Club". Football Club history Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  4. "Sunderland AFC Season Details – 1896–97". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ross, James (21 July 2007). "England — List of FA Charity/Community Shield Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 July 2008.
  6. "Sunderland AFC Season Details – 1939–40". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  7. "Sunderland ECWC results 1973/74". Football Site. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  8. "Sunderland AFC Season Details – 1986–87". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008.