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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 11th): Quality right through, from 1 to 11!

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.

The first choice XI…

Yesterday’s advent entry touched on Sunderland’s ten different promotions, with the 1964 vintage still looked back on fondly by supporters of the time.

During that era it was not so much a squad game, with changes in personnel kept down to a minimum and rotation highly uncommon. Just 17 players were used across the course of a 42 game league campaign, and only 13 of those reached double figures in terms of games played.

Manager Alan Brown’s preferred starting XI was near enough set in stone, and the Roker faithful of the time could still reel off the side now if asked; Montgomery, Irwin, Ashurst, Harvey, Hurley, McNab, Usher, Herd, Sharkey, Crossan and Mulhall!

It was a fine team and the continuity was a definite strength. The players knew each other’s game inside out and formed a very strong bond both on and off the pitch.

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