It was all change at the Stadium of Light, after the club had just scraped Premier League survival.
Sunderland took part in a "celebration of Empire" by playing Celtic twice in two days. In the end, it took 210 minutes to separate the two giants!
Only one Mackem celebrated as Sunderland fell at the final hurdle at Wembley in the £10m playoff for a place in the Premiership. It’s a game one fan hadn’t ever felt able to watch back, until now...
After the effort at The Emirates only days earlier, Sunderland’s season wound down at Stamford Bridge. Now, who ordered a chair for Didier Drogba?
Thousands of fans prepare for disappointment as tickets for the play-off final are snapped up ahead of Sunderland’s huge game against Swindon Town.
"This gigantic club has had years and years of heartbreak and torture, but finally their road to recovery is back on", writes Finlay Anderson after Saturday’s play-off final win at Wembley.
Success! Sunderland won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history 55 years ago today...
Ian McColl was appointed Sunderland manager 57 years ago today, but early expectations soon faded.
A sturdy defensive display saw the lads get the point they needed to secure survival... for another season at least.
We knew what we had to do to stay up, but then we required a positive result from elsewhere.
At a time when dismissals were a rarity, the news of two Sunderland players being sent off in a "friendly" in Germany made headline news around Britain. It was our final game outside the UK for 38 years.
Once known as ‘The Bank of England Club’, the once-great Sunderland AFC plunged to (at the time) the lowest depths in their history when relegation to the third tier was confirmed back in 1987.
It looked like Sunderland would finally get back to the big time after this great result at Luton town, but Chelsea had other ideas and the Lads would have to wait another year to go up.
In a shoot-out between five sides to beat the drop, Sunderland seal survival with a victory at Filbert Street.
Two days after receiving the Division One trophy, the Lads played a belated benefit match for Scottish left half Jimmy McNab, which saw a host of club legends take to the Stadium of Light pitch.
Jackie Robinson and Eddie Burbanks ensured that Sunderland finished their First Division campaign in good form, grabbing a late victory at Blundell Park.
We knew a win would be enough to seal safety in Division Two, and it was going so well...
A Mel Holden goal 45 years ago today was enough to give Jimmy Adamson’s Lads victory over Birmingham City and hope of top-flight survival.
Sunderland’s First Division future hung in the balance as we headed into the last game of the season – and the gaffer was hoping for some favours...
The newly-rebranded Spirit of ‘37 flag group are organising their biggest Roker End display yet - but we need volunteers. All and any help on Friday evening is vital!
It was the ultimate underdog story: Bob Stokoe’s Sunderland versus the might of Don Revie’s Leeds. The result was one for the ages, as Michael Dunne writes.
Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday do have playoff-related promotion history - and Sunderland can claim victory despite the sides never meeting on the pitch.
Pride Park was the venue as Mick Mulhern’s Lasses took on the mighty Arsenal in the biggest match in our long history of women’s football. The Gunners proved too strong, but we made our mark!
Three goals down after the Youth Cup Final first leg, Sunderland’s youth team needed some sort of miracle against West Brom... but in the end the Baggies lost their heads and the Lads scored six!
On this day back in 1981 Sunderland travelled to Anfield needing a victory against a Liverpool side with one eye on the upcoming European Cup final to retain our top flight status.
Today is the 85th anniversary of one of SAFC’s greatest days ever, lifting the FA Cup for the first time following victory over Preston North End
The Welsh forward had been at Roker for a year, and manager Denis Smith was hoping for goals, goals, goals.
"The Lads scored another late equaliser as they battled back to a 1-1 draw at the SoL on Tuesday, but had Alex Neil changed tact earlier, we could've come away with all three," says James Nickels.