On This Day (23 January 1985): Sunderland make the Milk Cup Semi-Final with a shock win over Watford
In the midst of the Miners’ Strike, Len Ashurst’s Lads went to Graham Taylor’s Watford as underdogs and won on their way to Wembley in the Milk Cup.
Peter Reid’s search for attacking reinforcements was set to continue after Senegal international Mamadou Diallo failed to earn himself a deal following a trial performance for the reserves a quarter of a century ago.
Twas the days before the t’internet, and all was well.
It all went off at Hillsborough back in 2007 - air guitar world record attempts, a new chant for Keano, and the small matter of an impressive win for The Lads.
Denis Smith welcomed back Marco and Peter Davenport as the lads faced Chelsea at Roker Park!
Blackburn Rovers hosted the Team of All Talents’ inaugural outing in the world’s first cup competition. Despite travelling support, we lost the match in extra time, but it didn’t end there!
For those who had ringside seats in the Clock Stand paddock it was a night to remember as Gary Bennett and David Speedie joined the crowd during an erm... altercation.
Jordan Pickford made an impressive Premier League debut, while the former Bayern München man was the fall guy as the Lads failed to stop star-studded Spurs.
Having already started the season in style with a win over newly crowned European Cup holders Aston Villa, the Lads then completed an impressive double with victory 39 years ago today.
Our recent five-goal hauls has sent Roker Report’s Lars Knutsen down memory lane to just over fifty years ago to 1971 when Sunderland surprisingly ran rampant at Roker Park.
Sean Thornton and Nicolas Medina star as Sunderland progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
It was the beginning of a historic FA Cup campaign that all began with forcing a replay at Division Three side Notts County.
As the majority of League fixtures were frozen off, Sunderland took on Aston Villa in a hastily-arranged League Cup semi final at Roker Park.
Peter Reid’s Sunderland sides were always made of tough stuff - and they made life difficult for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal on this day 25 years ago when they visited Roker Park in the Premier League.
On this day 27 years ago, Mick Buxton was desperately trying to bring new players to the club and although one deal was over the line, we missed out on an ex-England international...
It was 118 years ago today that the oldest known footage of the Lads in action was obtained, and Sunderland made the most of their moment in the spotlight.
Jordon Ibe, Andre Wisdom and Hal Robson-Kanu are all free agents - whilst Sunderland will have plenty of transfer targets in their sights, could any of the trio be a potential signing as we aim to get out of League One?
The Roker Park crowd made their feelings perfectly clear after Sunderland were lucky to escape with a replay back at Carlisle in the FA Cup.
Ian Porterfield was a hero in for Sunderland in 1973... but on this day in 1990, his Reading side knocked the Lads out of the FA Cup.
On This Day (5 Jan 2011): Meyler suffers another major injury as Bardsley strike keeps Sunderland sixth!
Steve Bruce’s team were flying high, but a serious injury to David Meyler saw the young midfielder’s SAFC career suffer yet another blow.
The Lads held the Wenger’s boys in London in what proved to be the first of a league and cup triple-header against the Gunners.
Back in 1998 there was some distance in the league ladder between us and Rotherham and in the FA Cup we showed them just how big the gap was.
It was a truly crap year, but at least it started well for Sunderland. Villa were already doomed to relegation and Big Sam’s side grabbed all three points at the Stadium of Light.
Who remembers travelling up and down the country in white transit vans back in the day to watch Sunderland away? Kelvin Beattie recollects doing just that and more during the festive period in 1978!
After being installed as Sunderland manager, Roy Keane’s first target was to take the side away from the foot of the Championship table. Consistency was needed if the club were going to get any further though, and 14 years ago today they set off on run that defined their season.
Tony Norman, our new record signing, put in an impressive display as the lads disposed of Pompey with ease.
Sunderland’s final game of an impressive year saw us fight back from two goals down...
And it was a long-overdue two points away from home, too!
Bob Kyle’s glory team of the 1912-13 season put away a depleted Newcastle United at Roker Park 109 years ago today.
On a day where Sunderland dismantled Doncaster Rovers, a warning shot has been sent to the rest of the promotion contenders. In this form, the Black Cats mean business - and there were some stand out performances...