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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 6th): Six league titles, we’re still going strong!

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.

The joy of six! Sunderland, Champions of England…

It took Sunderland a while to convince the existing Football League clubs that they were worthy of a place in the competition, despite a fearsome reputation in the game. There was perhaps a bit of self-interest in there too – Wearside was a long way to travel for a possible defeat after all.

When they did join the league in 1890, it did not take the club long to make their mark. Winners three times in their first five seasons, a fourth championship arrived in 1901-02 and as one of the top teams in England, Sunderland were expected to earn many more in the coming years.

Since then it has not been quite as simple however, the glorious teams of the early 1910s and mid-1930s having to make do with one title each, albeit alongside significant FA progress. It remains a fine record however, and could have been more; the closest arguably Sunderland have come since was in 1949-50 when Len Shackleton and co. came within one win of the top spot.

Sunderland’s last title winning team, for now...

Pause for thought


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