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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 14th): Blink and you’ll miss it!

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.

Getting off to the best of starts…

Billy Hughes scored for Sunderland after just 14 seconds in a December 1974 fixture against Orient, and it still wasn’t enough to see him set a record for the quickest goal to be scored for the Lads!

Hosts Orient came from behind to secure a point on that occasion, whereas an even faster goal in the capital 20 years earlier did set Sunderland on their way to an impressive away win. There had been 10 seconds of play when Ted Purdon opened the scoring, the South African going on to complete a hattrick in a 4-1 success against Arsenal at Highbury.

The strikes were so quick that even when added together they would have still taken less time to arrive than the swiftest Sunderland goal on home turf, Don Revie taking that accolade on Boxing Day 1957 after 25 seconds. This was part of a 2-1 Roker Park victory over Leeds United, who Revie would go on to join under 12 months later.

Soccer - Football League Division One - Arsenal v Sunderland
Ted Purdon challenges the Arsenal keeper
Photo by Barratts/PA Images via Getty Images


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