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Fan Letters: Some juicy Sunderland content to lockdown with, and a golden memory of better days

Steven has kindly put forward his labour of love for our viewing pleasure - be sure to check it out - and Chris is recalling Sunderland’s halcyon days. Got something to say, or a story to tell? Email us:!

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Dear Roker Report,

For those of you looking for something to do when isolated indoors why not binge watch old Sunderland games rather than binge purchase toilet roll?

I way always looked on the internet for vintage Sunderland AFC matches to watch.

But I found them hard to find and not easy to access. So, in early 2019 I created This is a website and YouTube channel with easy access to vintage Sunderland AFC games, as well as player compilations and Top Tens.

There are highlights from over 700 games from 1904 through to 1999.

The website is still has a few bugs but I’m getting there!

It has been a bit of a labour of love to track down matches. If you have any other vintage Sunderland AFC footage drop me an e-mail on

These are strange times.

I grew up as punk exploded and as well as Sunderland AFC Joy Division implanted themselves in my teenage pysche. My two favourite tracks are Transmission and Isolation.

Very apt at the minute. Maybe this music and a few classic Sunderland matches will help me get through the next few months.

Steven Comerford

Ed’s Note [Damian]: That sounds awesome Steven, let’s hope we can drive some traffic to your noble endeavour. We have a feature called Tales From the Stands which focuses on old matches play by play, with the odd video if we can dig it up. From now on I’ll be sure to check and link it in on the feature.

Sunderland 1 -1 Derby Photo by Peter Thursfield/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

In response to the recent RR article about ‘unforgettable games’...

I will never forget the game at roker in 1973 quarter final replay against Man City. We won 3-1 and the atmosphere that night was unbelievable. The noise echoed around roker, ha way the lads...ha,way the lads. Nearly 54,000 that night and the first two goals by vic halom and billy Hughes were fantastic. There’s a story that the next day the groundsman seen a guy from the press looking around roker Park, when asked what he was doing he said looking for the amplifiers as the noise he heard last night was unbelievable. Never forget that night.

Chris Flood (South Shields)

Ed’s Note [Damian]: Sounds like the dog’s bollocks Chris. Before my time but it’s fantastic to know people have memories of glorious days like that one. Pffff, if only that had been the result in the League Cup in 2014 eh? Still, good times can come again, and you know it because you’ve seen them!

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