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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 19th): Drawing a blank under Jack Ross!

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.

What went wrong in 2018-19? Draw your own conclusions…

Jack Ross did well just to put a competitive team out in the first few weeks of the 2018-19 campaign, such was the shambles behind the scenes following consecutive relegations at Sunderland AFC.

It soon looked however as if automatic promotion was there to be taken, if only the side could get out of the habit of dropping points – particularly at home. The Lads only lost one league game at the Stadium of Light all season, but the ten draws they endured included a series of missed opportunities. There were nine more draws on the road too in the league, making a total of 19 and breaking the previous record for the most in one season (joint between 1964-55 and 1994-95, both 18).

It meant Sunderland had to make do with a Play-Off spot, reaching the final at Wembley following arguably their best performance of the season in the semi-final second leg at Portsmouth which ironically enough had also finished in stalemate.

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