SAFC are a professional football club founded in 1879 and based in Sunderland Tyne & Wear. Their home for 99 years was Roker Park Football Ground up until 1997 when they moved to the new Stadium Of Light at Monkwearmouth.
Being a supporter is very much a roller coaster ride. They currently play in Englands second tier the EFL Championship having been relegated last season.
In the years 1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913 and 1936 SAFC have won the then first division titles, a record only bettered by five other clubs. The FA cup has also been won twice by the club, firstly in 1937 and secondly in 1973.
The Stadium Of Light is a 49,000 capacity stadium which also hosts concerts from time to time.
SAFC have a fierce rivalry with neighbours Newcastle United Football Club, Tyne Wear derbys are hotly anticipated events. Unfortunately they have on many occasions also led to violence and disorder.
Current owner and chairman is Ellis Short and manager is Simon Grayson. Past popular managers at the club have included Peter Reid, Roy Keane and Niall Quinn. Quinny having played under Reid along side Kevin Philips when Sunderland had a very successful season in the Premiership when Philips also won the golden boot.
The winning of the FA Cup in 1973 saw an open top bus parade through Sunderland. Thousands and thousands lined the citys street to cheer on the team.
They have had several grounds and stadiums over the years, the 2 main ones above.
The previous nickname the “Rokerites” has now been replaced by “The Black Cats” after leaving their old home for the new stadium.
Records & statistics –
Jimmy Montgomery holds the record for most league appearances at 527. These were accumulated between 1961- 1776.
Record goalscorer goes to Bobby Gurney at 227, accumulated between 1926 – 1939.
A record attendance of 75,200 was recorded in 1933 for a 6th round FA cup replay against Derby County.
One of Sunderlands main attractions is the Airshow