PLEASE NOTE: This Schedule is subject to change. We are still hoping to add several more ex-players, managers, and friends of Sunderland AFC to our line-up!
There will be surprises, there may be technical hiccups along the way too.
We really hope that you can all join us at various points to listen in to some top SAFC craic.
To listen to the broadcast (and even request to speak) just go to @RokerReport and tap the purple icon at the top of the page any time between 8pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday.
Here’s what we have planned for you... (all times are GMT)
Friday 10th December - 8-9pm: Kicking off with Julio and Crabbers!
What a way to get the marathon going! Two legends - one on the pitch, one off the pitch - chewing the fat and sharing stories of the glory days at the Stadium of Light!
Kicking things off with a bang - we're joined by JULIO ARCA and SIMON CRABTREE, with the pair telling stories of their time working at/around #SAFC!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Fri 10/12 @ 8pm-9pm
️ @JulioArcaOK & @Crabbers pic.twitter.com/JnL0qwbexR
9-10pm: Gordon Armstrong - the legend speaks!
Over a decade at the club he loves - the man is a Sunderland legend in every sense. With two promotions and an FA Cup Final under his belt, we’ll have loads to talk about - including that header!
Following that, we've got #SAFC legend GORDON ARMSTRONG talking about his Sunderland career, one which spanned 416 games and 11 years.— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Fri 10/12 @ 9pm-10pm
️ @GordonIanArmst1 pic.twitter.com/FWVaJiLQBr
10-11pm: The making of Sunderland ‘Til I Die!
The lads from global television production company Fulwell73 will be telling us all about the making of the Netflix hit series about the club we all love.
What was it like watching the club sink to its lowest ebb (up to then)?
Who were the unsung heroes? Who were the real villains? Listen in to find out.
Next up - an hour in the company of Fulwell73, the team behind popular @Netflix documentary 'Sunderland Til I Die', chatting about the two series they made of the show, their experiences of being around the club and much more.— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Fri 10/12 @ 10pm-11pm
️ @GabeTurner73 @Fulwell73 pic.twitter.com/Eh41mF5jfS
11pm-Midnight: The Ultimate Sunderland Quiz!
Club history buff SAFCMerch plays quizmaster for the best pub quiz since the start of the pandemic. It’s all live and interactive.
Go to Kahoot.it, enter the code we’ll give out on the Twitter Space, listen to the questions, and battle out with other fans to find out who knows the most about Sunderland AFC - and no Googling!!!
Seeing out the day will be an interactive #SAFC Quiz, hosted by RR's own Andrew Smithson, where YOU can take part (hosted via @Kahoot) - with a prize up for grabs for the winner!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
We'll be testing your Sunlun knowledge...
⏰ Fri 10/12 @ 11pm-12am
️ @SAFCMerch pic.twitter.com/k74VNhzs2n
Saturday 11th December - Midnight-1am: SAFC Fan Media Extravaganza!
What happens when Sunderland’s favourite YouTube channels and podcasts get together after midnight on a Friday night for a debate? Nah, neither do we... but it’s going to be worth staying up for.
Then - an #SAFC FAN MEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA! Joining us will be @SAFCFanTV's @MichaelBowers15, @SAFCFansReact's @ShaunMiddleto66, @SpeakSAFC, @ConnorBromley & @GILESY1973 to debate all things Sunderland!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 12am-1am
️ @CackStottie pic.twitter.com/pAqHyH028K
1-2am: On This Day: 11 December... LIVE!
This is actually a really important date in the history of our club - our night-owls and global listeners will find out all about it, with SAFCMerch back in the hotseat.
ON THIS DAY LIVE! Andrew Smithson - RR's resident #SAFC historian - delves into the archives to talk about some of the most interesting moments in Sunderland's history. A rare treat!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 1am-2am
️ @SAFCMerch pic.twitter.com/jV1Rcix1Y0
2-4am: The Great American Bash!
As fans in Europe get their beauty sleep, our supporters in the Americas will be entering prime social media time. Our friends at NASA will be hosting one of their legendary online socials - live from outer Twitter Space!
THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
Members of @BLCSAFC's fantastic North American Supporters Branch gather for a two hour free-for-all chatting about all things #SAFC, how they came to support our great club, their branch and more!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 2am-4am
️ @SAFC_NASA pic.twitter.com/Hcb30BzSun
3am: The Great American Bash: Steve Caldwell!
During our chat with NASA, we’ll be joined by former Sunderland defender Steve Caldwell - who works these days on North American television, so is a familiar face to footy fans across the pond! What’s it like moving from Newcastle to Wearside? We’ll find out...
*** NEW GUEST CONFIRMED! ***— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 9, 2021
Joining us at 03:00am (UK time) during 'The Great American Bash' is STEVE CALDWELL! Steve will be taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with @SAFC_NASA - we hope you can all join us!
️ @StevoCaldwell pic.twitter.com/76VMwvF35W
4-6am: Fans Around the World!
Our supporters in Australia and East Asia take centre stage talk about their fandom and what it means to follow the club from the other side of the planet. They may also talk about a cricket match and BBQs. And who knows who might drop in to say hi along the way?
FANS AROUND THE WORLD!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
Our trip around the globe takes us to Sydney (@SydSunderland), Taiwan (@TaiwanMackems), Dubai and just about everywhere else!
If you're awake, join in!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 4am-6am
️ Martin Wanless pic.twitter.com/CDcOvZhk3x
6-7am: Ashes Breakfast with Henry Winter!
If there’s one thing that unites England and Australia it’s their love of cricket. If there’s one thing that divides England and Australia it’s their love of cricket. As the day’s play at the Test Match draws to a close, our cricket-loving Roker Reporters catch up with The Times’ chief football writer Henry Winter who will have been up all night following the action.
ASHES BREAKFAST!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
We've got a huge guest for this one - Chief Football Writer for The Times HENRY WINTER joins @BeautifulArgie & @Antony_Waterson to chat a bit about the morning's cricket, Henry's career, his memories of #SAFC & much more!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 6am-7am
️ @HenryWinter pic.twitter.com/vwRnH6GPBz
7-8am: Match day Breakfast!
Start your match day with a few laughs with some of our lovely podcasters, eating their
avocado on toast pink slices, drinking their skinny lattes and looking forward to the game with Plymouth later in the day.
MATCHDAY BREAKFAST!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
The RR crew of Rich, @Bomber8T5, Ian & Ant get together to do an early preview of Sunderland v Plymouth as they scran their morning toast and coffee!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 7am-8am
️ @MackemRich pic.twitter.com/g09RaBDPFO
07:30am: Son of Pele, Martin Smith joins the show!
He’s one of our own, and he’s on the show!
Live and direct from his pit, ‘the son of Pele’ hops on during the breakfast show for a chat about his epic career, and Sunderland’s battle with Plymouth later in the day...
*** NEW GUEST CONFIRMED ***— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 10, 2021
Joining us during our breakfast show, nice and early "from his pit", is Son of Pele himself... former Sunderland midfielder Martin Smith!
️ @Smudger19SAFC pic.twitter.com/RkKIRYnPMH
8-9am: Ha’way the Lasses - with SAFC Ladies boss Mel Reay!
The Lasses Podcast Live team will be speaking with the biggest names from Sunderland Ladies past and present, including legendary lasses boss Melanie Reay - it’s going to be emotional!
*** NEW GUEST CONFIRMED ***— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 10, 2021
During our '#HawayTheLasses' show we will be joined by none other than @SAFCLadies manager, Melanie Reay!
️ @mel_anie_7 pic.twitter.com/JpfUKNS3ue
HAWAY THE LASSES!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
Rich, Ant & @KatieMurillo chat all things @SAFCLadies!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 8am-9am
️ @MackemRich pic.twitter.com/BytgOGEKBR
9-9.45am: From the Press Box - with Barnsey and wor Connor!
The prodigal son returns to Roker Report... and he’s talking in-depth with Sunderland commentator Nick Barnes about the season so far and the match later in the day.
FROM THE PRESS BOX!@ConnorBromley dusts off his old hosting chair as gets deep into conversation with BBC Newcastle's Sunderland Match Commentator, Nick Barnes!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 9am-9:45am
️ @Tweed_Barnesy pic.twitter.com/O1FXRsYeE9
9.45-10am: Matchday Mental Health!
We chat with the BLC about the wonderful support they give to those in need of help with their mental health at the Beacon of Light on matchdays.
WHAT IS THE MATCHDAY— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
MENTAL HEALTH HUB?@JoanneYougson and Cath Reid from Sunderland AFC's Branch Liaison Council pop by to talk about their Matchday Mental Health Hub, and to chat about some of the people they've helped.
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 9:45am-10am
️ @BLCSAFC pic.twitter.com/wzIj0pavFq
10-10:30am: Lee Howey, Lee Howey, Lee Howey... You’re a Roker Park Legend
One of our favourite local lads made good, a super-sub, a centre-forward turned centre-half in the way only a 1990s footballer could be... He’s a Roker Park legend and he’s joining us for an hour to talk about his life and career in football.
LEE HOWEY!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
The local lad done good joins us to chat about his #SAFC career, growing up as a Lads fan, and to answer that question we'd all love to be able to answer ourselves: what's it like to score at Roker Park?
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 10am-11am
️ @Howey_Lee pic.twitter.com/dQDxZRwusu
10:30-11am: Oh Alex Rae, Alex Alex Alex Rae!
Speaking of legends... how about half an hour in the company of Alex Rae?
He’s in the conversation for hardest-ever Sunderland midfielder - and who can forget him bouncing the ball off Roy Keane’s head? We can’t wait for this one!
*** NEW GUEST CONFIRMED ***— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 9, 2021
OH ALEX RAE, ALEX ALEX ALEX RAE!
What a player, what a man!
Alex is dropping by on Saturday morning for a chinwag - and to tell a few tales about his time at #SAFC!
⏰ 10:30am - 11:00am
️ @AlexRae1969 pic.twitter.com/bkKSHqF6sj
11-11.30am: From the Press Box - James Hunter!
He’s a man in the know about all things SAFC, covering Sunderland AFC for The Chronicle, and he’s not shy in speaking his mind. We’ll be getting James’ thoughts ahead of the big match on Saturday afternoon.
FROM THE PRESS BOX!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
JAMES HUNTER from The Chronicle hops on for a bit to look ahead to #SAFC v Plymouth!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 11am-11:30am
️ @JHunterChron pic.twitter.com/WCHMdiE56c
11.30-12pm: Jonathan Wilson!
One of the best in the business, Sunderland born-and-bred, football writer for the Guardian, podcaster with Football Weekly, editor of The Blizzard, author of some of the best football books of all time - it’s only Jonathan Wilson! We’ll be discussing his love of SAFC’s 1992 FA Cup run and his new book about ‘The Russian Pele” Eduard Streltsov.
Football Writer & Massive Lads Fan JONATHAN WILSON joins us to reminisce about the 1992 Cup Final, and to chat about his new book...— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 11:30am-12pm
️ @JonaWils pic.twitter.com/79Y0PlEEhX
12-1pm: Fan Focus LIVE
You’ve seen it on the website, now hear it live on your Twitter feed... we’ll be speaking with Erin Black of Plymouth Live and Argyle TV about Saturday’s opposition and the huge week they’ve had leading up to this fixture, and Jak Ball - an ex-journo now working to get people into work in Devon.
FAN FOCUS: LIVE!@Plymouth_Live's Eric Black joins us to give the opposition view on the day's game, and to give Sunderland fans an insight into what we can expect from The Pilgrims...— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 12pm-1pm
️ @ErinnBlackk pic.twitter.com/vBOQjkgpxT
1-2pm: Pre-Match Show with SNN’s Tom White, and Athletico Mince’s Andy Dawson!
What better way to build-up to the game than to have a Sunderland supporter with his finger on the pulse of the game? Our good mate Tom White will help us get ready for the game - and not an autocue in sight!
THE PRE-MATCH SHOW!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
Sky Sports News presenter and Massive Lads Fan TOM WHITE joins us to chat about #SAFC v #PAFC, and to give his thoughts on Sunderland's promotion credentials this season!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 1pm-2pm
️ @TomWhiteMedia pic.twitter.com/CsFOSExmho
*** NEW GUEST CONFIRMED! ***— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 9, 2021
Joining Rich, Ant & SSN's @TomWhiteMedia at 1pm on Saturday is @TFTimeMachine & @AthleticoMince supremo ANDY DAWSON to preview Sunderland v Plymouth, and to chat about what he's got going on.
He's a good lad.
⏰ 13:00pm - 14:00pm
️ @profanityswan pic.twitter.com/28RDnKKZLS
2-3pm: Team News Reaction
We want your help digesting the news when the starting XIs drop at 2pm... we’ll talk tactics, formations, philosophies and permutations, and give our predictions ahead of the 3 o’clock kick-off.
TEAM NEWS REACTION!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
Listeners will be invited on the air to chat about the Team News, the game ahead and everything in-between ahead of #SAFC v Plymouth!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 2pm-3pm
️ @MackemRich pic.twitter.com/e7R7OM35Db
3-5pm: SAFC v PAFC Watchalong
With one eye on the game, another on the twitter feed and our computers pretending they’re in good ‘ol Atlanta, Georgia - we’ll shout, scream and try not to swear as we talk over Frankie and Danny’s commentary on the live feed - and get some in-ground reaction at half-time too.
#SAFC v #Pilgrims: WATCHALONG!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
Join the Roker Report crew for a live watchalong of the Sunderland v Plymouth match - reacting as every goal goes in!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 3pm-5pm
️ @MackemRich pic.twitter.com/osP2YYDEzs
5-6pm: Pubcast LIVE!
Like our ordinary post-match pubcasts, but three times the length, no editorial, and relying on the 4G network in Monkwearmouth. Join the Roker Report team as we digest the performance with the help of an ale or two.
PUBCAST LIVE!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
Join Gav, @DugdaleMalc, @Michael_Dunne_2 and @BeautifulArgie as they come in from the cauld at the SOL to talk about the #SAFC v Plymouth game (and hopefully, a win!), live from the Hilton Hotel bar!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 5pm-6pm
️ @CackStottie pic.twitter.com/TTg5CIJmQN
6-7pm: Marco Gabbiadini!
The man who many fans of a certain age grew up idolising. The scorer of iconic goals. The slayer of Magpies. The pride of York. We’ve wanted to speak to him for so long, and we’re stupidly excited about this one. What a way to round off the day. Olé, Olé, Olé indeed...
OLÉ! OLÉ! OLÉ!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
We're delighted to be joined by legendary #SAFC striker MARCO GABBIADINI - a rare treat!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 6pm-7pm
️ @Marco_Ten pic.twitter.com/a2FimSO9aI
7-8pm: The Final Countdown
The 24th hour will be one of celebration, no matter what the scoreline is on Saturday afternoon. The Sunderland football community has come together to support the most vulnerable people in our city once more.
We will sing. We may dance. We will be quite merry at this stage. And the people who come to the Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen for help in their hour of need will benefit from your kindness in the year ahead.
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!— Roker Report ❤️ (@RokerReport) December 8, 2021
After a long, long day, this will be it - the finale! We'll be grabbing several beers to celebrate a great day, (hopefully) an #SAFC win, and to chat with you all!
⏰ Sat 11/12 @ 7pm-8pm
️ You're all invited! pic.twitter.com/Vzmuhu91NH