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Match Preview: Sunderland test their credentials against promoted Hull in last pre-season game

It’s our final pre-season game before the real stuff begins, and we end at the Stadium of Light against last season’s League One champions Hull City. Are we ready for League One? Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

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Friday 30th July 2021

(L1) Sunderland v Hull City (CH)


Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: 19:00

Tickets & Match Coverage

Tickets: Tickets are now available online only via SAFC here, and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Over-65s and Under-16s.

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It’s almost here as we enter the business end of pre-season in our final fixture before the curtains are raised on our fourth successive League One campaign, and it’s highly likely that this will be looked at as dress rehearsal for the visit of Wigan Athletic next weekend.

As widely reported ahead of our game at Tranmere, Lee Johnson’s selection was influenced by this final fixture at the Stadium of Light only three days later, where the team included a mix of the young players alongside players who have found themselves on the fringe of pre-season.

Tonight should provide an indication of how the manager intends to shape up, and it will be interesting to see what partnerships we start with against Hull. Although it’s still just a friendly, a win is always good to take into our first League One fixture next week.

Harrogate v Sunderland - Pre-Season Friendly
Lee Johnson with Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver
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Last season’s League One champions Hull City have strengthened their side with the likes of Andy Cannon from Portsmouth, George Moncur from Luton and Randell Williams from Exeter, as they look to consolidate a position in the Championship.

Loan signings have also been made in the form of Ryan Longman from Brighton and Nathan Baxter from Chelsea, which Hull hope will help to avoid a repeat of the 2019-20 season, when they finished rock bottom of the Championship to drop into the third tier.

It should be a good test for us to take on a side that proved too good for League One ahead of their season opener at Preston North End on the 7th August.

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Grant McCann
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Last Time We Met... at the Stadium of Light

Saturday 9th January 2021

League One

Sunderland 1-1 Hull City

(McGeady 21’ - Burke 13’)

Sunderland: Burge (Matthews), McLaughlin (Gooch), Wright, Sanderson, McFadzean, Leadbitter, Power, Scowen, Diamond (Maguire), McGeady (Embleton), Wyke (Graham) Substitutes not used: Younger, O’Brien

Hull City: Long, Emmanuel, Fleming (Elder), Smallwood, Burke, Greaves, Honeyman, Jones (Lewis-Potter), Eaves (Magennis), Docherty, Wilks Substitutes not used: Ingram, Coyle, Slater, Mayer

Played for Both

Frazier Campbell

Campbell was only turning 20-years-old when he first joined Hull City on a season-long loan from Manchester United in 2007, but he joined Sunderland permanently in 2009 under Steve Bruce. A knee injury interrupted his time at the Stadium of Light and he signed for Cardiff City in 2013.

He joined Hull City again in 2017 via Crystal Palace to spend another two years before leaving to join Huddersfield Town.

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Frazier Campbell
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Tony Norman

Between the two clubs, Tony Norman made over 600 appearances over the course of 15 years. An incredible servant to both clubs and a fantastic goalkeeper on his day.

Played a major role in returning Sunderland to the top flight under Denis Smith and made some vital saves to help the Lads reach the FA Cup final in 1992.

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Tony Norman
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