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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 13th): Why one of the greatest rarely played for England

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 baker’s dozen for the great Raich Carter…

A league and FA Cup winner with his hometown club Sunderland, Raich Carter was one of the best inside forwards in the county during the 1930s – so much so that Stanley Matthews once described him as the ‘ideal partner’.

Already an England Schoolboy international, Carter made his full international debut at Wembley in a 3-0 win over Scotland in 1934 and scored twice in 1936, during victories over Ireland and Hungary. International fixtures were not as common during this period as they are now, and with the Second World War robbing him of his peak years (he was 25 when hostilities broke out) he would total only 13 caps – much lower than a player of his abilities would have usually received.

Six of these came before the war, with the rest being earned whilst with Derby County following his transfer once it ended. During 1939-1945 he represented his country in several more wartime matches, but these were not classed as full call ups.

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