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Roker Report’s Brainbusters: Test your knowledge of Sunderland’s 1981/82 season!

In this week’s Roker Report Brainbusters, SAFCMerch is testing YOUR knowledge of Sunderland’s 1981/82 season, our links with Harrogate, and more! Take part - what was your score?

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5 a side!

Harrogate Town v Sunderland

Q1. Sunderland-born forward Mark Beck joined Harrogate Town from which north-east club in 2017?

Q2. A former Sunderland player, what is the name of Harrogate Town’s current Assistant Manager?

Q3. Who scored the only goal of the game when the two sides met prior to the 2020-21 season?

Q4: When the two clubs had a pre-season friendly in 1987, both managers had the same surname – what was it?

Q5. Sunderland won the match, but what was the score?

Harrogate Town v Colchester United - Sky Bet League Two Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Top 10

1981-82 season

Q1. Who took over as Sunderland manager prior to the start of the 1981-82 season?

Q2. Who was top scorer during the campaign, with 11 goals in all competitions?

Q3. Which Yorkshire club were Sunderland drawn against in both the FA Cup and League Cup?

Q4. Two players were joint top for the amount of league appearances made; Mick Buckley and which other?

Q5. Sunderland’s biggest win of the season was against which side?

Q6. The Lads won their final game of the season at Roker Park against Manchester City, but what was the scoreline?

Q7. Victory gave Sunderland their second double of the season; who were the only other team they beat home and away during 1981-82?

Q8. The Lads went on a run of eight league games without scoring a goal; who broke that sequence against Manchester United in the ninth game?

Q9. Who were the opponents when Sunderland recorded their highest Roker Park gate of the campaign (29, 372)?

Q10. Name the two Scottish-born players that made their Sunderland debuts on the opening day of the season?

Soccer - Lancashire League - Manchester City A v Stoke City A Photo by Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images


One point each for questions 1-3, two points each for questions 4-7 and three points each for questions 8-10 (20 points in total)

Q1. Which Sunderland-born forward played for the club in 1993 but is better known as a Luton Town legend?

Q2. What colour shirt will Sunderland use as part of their 2021-22 away kit?

Q3. Although born in Scotland, which country did Aiden McGeady represent at international level?

Q4. What was the reported fee when Emerson Thome became Sunderland’s record signing in 2000?

Q5. Whose only goal for Sunderland came in a 2-0 League Cup win over Peterborough United in 2013?

Q6. Who is currently manager of Sunderland AFC Ladies?

Q7. Which French club did Chris Makin leave to come to Sunderland in 1997?

Q8. In what year did Sunderland record their first competitive home win over Newcastle United?

Q9. Initially joining on loan before making the move permanent, which defender signed for the club from Manchester United in 1977?

Q10. What was the name of the legendary Sunderland trainer that died in 1932 having worked for the club for over 30 years?

Sunderland Training Session Photo by Nigel Roddis Getty Images



A1. Darlington
A2. Paul Thirlwell
A3. Will Grigg
A4. Smith
A5. 2-1

1981-82 Season!

A1. Alan Durban
A2. Gary Rowell
A3. Rotherham United
A4. Nick Pickering
A5. Brighton and Hove Albion
A6. 1-0
A7. Everton
A8. Stan Cummins
A9. Aston Villa
A10. Iain Munro and Ally McCoist


A1. Mick Harford
A2. Yellow
A3. Republic of Ireland
A4. £4.5 million
A5. Valentine Roberge
A6. Mel Reay
A7. Marseille
A8. 1904
A9. Colin Waldron
A10. Billy Williams


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