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The SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 8th): Travelling home for Christmas!

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

What comes after eight?

Sunderland have been at the Stadium of Light for over a quarter of a century now, and other than Roker Park, it has been the place the Lads have called home for the longest.

In total, the team has played at eight different home grounds, with the early years seeing them move about regularly as the game grew and interest from supporters in the town increased. The Blue House Field in Hendon is believed to have hosted their first recorded match in 1880, and SAFC would later return to play there as an away side against Sunderland Albion.

The club moved north of the water in 1883 and have remained there ever since. Some of the early glories came at their Newcastle Road ground, which in 1891 hosted the national side, and just a few hundred metres from there is the site of the SoL which continues to stage international games as well as several sell-out concerts. The ground might need a little bit of TLC right now, but it will be a long time before we need to worry about upping sticks again…

England v Scotland - UEFA Women’s Nations League
England line up on Wearside earlier in the year...
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Pause for thought


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