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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 12th): Fair enough! When the goals just kept coming…

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.

A huge win, with a total of 12 goals scored…

Sunderland welcomed Fairfield to Newcastle Road in 1895 for an English (FA) Cup tie in 1895 that set a club record that is still to be beaten almost 130 years later.

The opposition, sometimes referred to as Fairfield Athletic, hailed from Lancashire (now Tameside) and although a well-respected outfit their non-league status meant few expected them to put up much of a challenge. When added to the poor weather it meant for a below average crowd and what they witnessed was the exact opposite of a cup shock.

Sunderland took a few minutes to size up the visitors, but once Jimmy Millar scored the first after 20 minutes the floodgates well and truly opened. Millar scored a hattrick before the break, with the Lads going in 6-0 up at the interval.

Millar got another two in the second half and whilst James Hannah completed his own hattrick, it was only after John Clarke’s consolation effort. Manager Tom Watson experimented as things wore on, moving star forward Johnny Campbell into defence, but his side still ran out 11-1 winners.

It remains the highest aggregate score in a single competitive Sunderland fixture.

Sunderland boss Tom Watson

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