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SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 17th): Sunderland’s shutout kings!

To mark the seventeenth day of our red and white advent calendar, we look back to the mid-1990s and the impact made by a young Irish goalkeeper on loan at Roker Park

Still got somebody you need to buy a gift for? Have you been given some Christmas cash or a bonus at work? Why not buy a copy of ‘SAFC 365’?

A Sunderland anthology, it’s jam packed with red and white history and all profits from the book will go to the Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen.

The book has an entry for each day of the year, looking back at over a century’s worth of Sunderland highs and lows, and Roker Report has an advent window ready for every morning in the build up to Christmas Day.

Not ‘Given’ much away…

Yesterday’s entry looked at the penalty records of some of Sunderland’s goalkeepers, and now we take it further with a clean sheet run down.

Twelve shutouts from his seventeen appearances on loan from Blackburn Rovers in 1996 give Shay Given the best clean sheet ratio of any Sunderland goalkeeper to have played fifteen games or more, with an impressive 70.59%.

Next on the list is the man he was brought in to replace, Alec Chamberlain, who was unbeaten on fifty three occasions out of one hundred and eight games.

In third place is Mart Poom (39.71%) whereas the next name may catch a few people out, given that it’s Robbin Ruiter of all people!

The Dutchman usually featured in a struggling team that was doomed to relegation, but his stats have been boosted by five Football League Trophy clean sheets during 2018/2019, when acting as backup to Jon McLaughlin.


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