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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 2nd): Two of the greatest days!

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.

Two FA Cup wins

We’re two days into December, and the Lads are back in the capital this afternoon, so it makes sense to look back on the two occasions Sunderland have won an FA Cup final at Wembley!

When we first lifted the trophy in 1937, it was after a long and often painful chase. The club had already secured six league titles but FA Cup joy had alluded them time and time again, reaching the final in 1913 and several other semi-finals only to be beaten. Manager Johnny Cochrane had already lifted the Scottish Cup however while at St Mirren, and after seeing off today’s opponents Millwall to reach the twin towers, a magnificent come from behind victory against Preston North End meant Sunderland had done it at last.

It had always been expected that the club would end their hoodoo at some point, but in 1973 our second FA Cup success came from nowhere. With the side struggling in Division Two new manager Bob Stokoe swept into Roker Park and pulled off one of the greatest stories in footballing history. The 50th anniversary celebrations earlier in the year were a joy to behold, as those that were there for the magic remembered that special day.

FA Cup Winners Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Pause for thought


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