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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 7th): Seventh heaven at the Stadium of Light!

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.

Sunderland 7 (seven) Oxford United 0

Peter Reid’s 1998-99 squad was so strong that it could manage without its first choice striking partnership and still blow teams away.

Niall Quinn was on the bench as he worked his way back to fitness and Kevin Phillips had just been ruled out for a period after picking up an injury in a League Cup tie four days before the visit of Oxford United, but in their place were two major threats who were ready to take their chance.

Michael Bridges and Danny Dichio both scored braces, as did Alex Rae, and with Michael Gray also notching the U’s couldn’t live with a rampant Sunderland that would go on to win the Nationwide League Division One at a canter. Playing for the visitors was former Roker utility man Martin Gray, while behind him in goal was Phil Whitehead, who moved to West Bromwich Albion shortly after and returned to the Stadium of Light later in the season – only to concede three more!


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With a huge game to come against Southampton, let’s give the Lasses maximum support!

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