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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 10th): The only way is up!

Your countdown to Christmas – but with a Sunderland AFC twist! 

Still got somebody you need to buy a gift for? Have you been given some Christmas cash or a bonus at work? Buy SAFC 365 then! A Sunderland anthology, it is jam packed with red and white history and will see all profits go to the Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen…

The book has an entry for each day of the year, looking back across nearly 145 years’ worth of Sunderland highs and lows, so to whet your whistle Roker Report has an advent window ready for every morning in the build up to the 25th of December.

Ten times the Lads went up…

Victory over West Bromwich Albion yesterday helped Sunderland’s chances of going up no end, with the club looking to add to the ten promotions they have won so far.

Sunderland first got themselves back into the top-flight in 1964, and went up again as Division Two champions in 1976. Division Two runners up in 1980, they won Division Three in 1988 before following it up with another promotion two years later when they returned to the big time via the play-offs – sort of.

That elevation was in part thanks to the wrong doings of others, but in 1996 there was a more traditional route up with another second tier title. Kevin Ball skippered the squad as they reached the Premiership for the first time, and he wore armband once again as they came back up in 1999 with a record breaking points total.

There have been two more titles since, both in the era of the ‘Championship’, whilst most recently Sunderland fans got to celebrate at Wembley when the Lads beat Wycombe Wanderers in the 2021-22 League One play-off final.

Soccer - Nationwide League Division One - Sunderland v Birmingham City Photo by Adam Davy/EMPICS via Getty Images


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