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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 24th): The first series of 24

Your countdown to Christmas – but with a Sunderland AFC twist! 

All proceeds from the sale of SAFC 365 will go to support the fantastic work of the lads and lasses at the Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen, and with just a small handful of copies still available you’ll have to be quick…

You can still donate to the appeal if you would like to though, and who knows, there may even be a copy already waiting for you underneath the Christmas tree ready to be unwrapped! In the meantime, here is another advent calendar entry, and best wishes to all readers from everybody at Roker Report – whether you celebrate Christmas or not…

Jamie and the Magic Number…

Sunderland AFC first used squad numbers in a competitive game when they played Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park in October 1993.

Wearing their new yellow and black Hummel kit for the first time too, the team fell to a heavy 4-1 defeat after Don Goodman had cancelled out an earlier opener for the hosts, and the only real positive from the day was the debut of second half substitute Jamie Lawrence. The winger had been allocated number 24, but following his departure later in the season it wasn’t seen again until given to Paul Heckingbottom during 1996-97.

The first Sunderland player to score whilst wearing 24 on their back was Sean Thornton, just under a decade after Lawrence’s bow.

Jamie Lawrence
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