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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 23rd): Sunderland, you cannot beat them!

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.

That’s hard to beat…

In November Liverpool did Sunderland a bit of a favour, their draw at Manchester City meaning the Blues fell short of equalling the Lads’ English total of consecutive home wins.

The record dates back to a golden period in the club’s history between 1890 and 1892, but a more recent run saw the team go 23 games unbeaten at the start of the 1998-99 season. The campaign would end triumphantly with the Division One title, with the side also reaching the semi-finals of the Worthington (League) Cup.

Starting with an opening day victory over Queens Park Rangers, the sequence included five games of the cup run and was only ended when Barnsley visited Wearside in late November and pulled off a surprise win. They then lost only four more before the final day against Birmingham City.

Kevin Phillips of Sunderland

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