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On This Day (22 June 2011) - Seb Larsson signs on for the Black Cats

Jordan Henderson’s transfer to Liverpool earlier in the summer left Steve Bruce looking for a cultured midfielder, and he found just the man in Swedish international Seb Larsson.

Roker Report Draft: Creating Sunderland’s worst-ever starting XI: Vote for your winner!

Our terrible teams have now been assembled, but who would you say has chosen the most hapless, hopeless Sunderland XI of them all? Vote in the poll at the top of the article!

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