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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 20th): Micky Bridges, cool as fridges!

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.

Stickman the super sub!

Teenage sensation Michael Bridges burst onto the first team scene in 1996, and by the time he had a enjoyed a second spell at Sunderland AFC had set a series of substitute related club records.

Named as a substitute more than any other player (he had been on the bench on 105 occasions), he had also come on more times than anybody else too (67 appearances from the bench) until Grant Leadbitter followed in his footsteps and also made a return to the club where he’d made his name and exceeded both stats.

With 13 goals as a substitute though, Bridges still holds the record for most times a Sunderland sub has scored, and his first senior goal came just 20 seconds after he’d been brought on for Lee Howey at Southend United – the quickest a newly introduced player has ever managed for the Lads.

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