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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 4th): Four top class keepers!

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.

Four international keepers, and it still wasn’t enough…

The 2002-03 Premiership campaign ended in a dismal relegation for Sunderland, who lurched from one defeat to another despite having a number of players capable of a lot more.

There was still a sprinkling of quality in the squad, not least in the goalkeeping department where the loan arrival of Mart Poom from Derby County in November took the club up to four senior stoppers – all of whom were full internationals!

Dane Thomas Sorensen was still the first choice stopper, with Austrian Jurgen Macho providing backup ahead of Norway’s Thomas Myhre, a summer arrival who suffered from injuries in his first year on Wearside. Poom’s deal was made permanent in January, with Macho seemingly not fancied by boss Howard Wilkinson. The manager was gone by the time Poom was handed a debut by successor Mick McCarthy, but results were so bad the Lads could put two men in goal and still lost!

Sorensen and Macho moved on before the following season but even then, McCarthy would have three international options to work with – Northern Ireland U21 and U18 youngster Michael Ingram being on the books as well.

Thomas Sorensen of Sunderland
Oh, Tommy Tommy!


Pause for thought


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