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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.

On This Day (22 January 1997): From Senegal to Sunderland, but there’s no deal for Diallo

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.

On This Day (21 January 1992): Oxford make cup clash all ticket to avoid SAFC invasion!

Twas the days before the t’internet, and all was well.

On This Day (20 Jan 2007): Keane’s Sunderland impress as air guitar record attempt fails!

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.

On This Day (19 January 1991): Survival hopes boosted as Sunderland see off Chelsea!

Denis Smith welcomed back Marco and Peter Davenport as the lads faced Chelsea at Roker Park!

Goals Goals Goals! (Part Two)

In part two of our look back at a high-scoring run of games during the 1976/77 season, Kelvin Beattie relives a stunning home fixtures against West Brom and West Ham!

On This Day (18 Jan 1890): Sunderland’s first FA Cup tie ends in defeat and controversy!

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!

On This Day (17 Jan 1990): Two sent-off as Sunderland draw in quarter-final at Roker!

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.

On This Day (16 January 2016): Kirchhoff makes Sunderland debut in defeat to classy Spurs

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.

On This Day (15 January 1983): Sunderland defeat the champions of Europe – again! 

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.

5-0, 5-0, 5-0... Sunderland get their shooting boots on as they did half a century ago!

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.

On This Day (14 Jan 2003): Two talented debutants shine as Sunderland record rare Wilko win!

Sean Thornton and Nicolas Medina star as Sunderland progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

Goals Goals Goals! (Part One)

A home clash against Boro in 76/77 brought an unexpected – but very welcome – goal avalanche!

On This Day (13 Jan 1973): Bob Stokoe’s Sunderland fortunate to force a replay in 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.

On This Day (12 January 1963): Clough-less Sunderland play their first-ever League Cup semi!

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.

On This Day (1997): Bergkamp sent off as Sunderland take three points off Arsenal 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 (10 Jan 1995): Sunderland land signing but miss out on ex-England international!

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...

On This Day (09 January 1904): Sunderland turn it on for the cameras!

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.

Could Sunderland be tempted to look down the free-agent route to add to their squad in January?

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?

On This Day (1995): Sunderland get a lucky escape to force a replay at Carlisle!

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.

On This Day (6 Jan 1990): Sunderland 1973 winning hero dumps the Lads out of 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.

On This Day (4 January 1997): Perez’s heroics earn Sunderland an FA Cup draw at Highbury

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.

On This Day (3 Jan 1998): Sunderland hammer the Millers for five in the cup!

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.

On This Day (2 Jan 2016): A Happy New Year for Allardyce’s Sunderland as Defoe buries sorry Villa

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.

“The Sunlun Boot Boys!” - Memories of following Sunderland during the festive season of 1978

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!

On This Day (01 January 2007): Roy Keane’s Sunderland start the year as they mean to go on

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.

On This Day (31 Dec 1988): Record signing makes debut as Sunderland round off year in style

Tony Norman, our new record signing, put in an impressive display as the lads disposed of Pompey with ease.

On this day (30 December 2000) McCann stunner secures Arsenal draw

Sunderland’s final game of an impressive year saw us fight back from two goals down...

On This Day (29 Dec 1979): Claudio Marangoni’s strike gives Sunderland a win at Craven Cottage!

And it was a long-overdue two points away from home, too!

On This Day (28 December 1912): Sunderland deck the Mags with goals from Holley

Bob Kyle’s glory team of the 1912-13 season put away a depleted Newcastle United at Roker Park 109 years ago today.

Talking Points: Isn’t it wonderful to see a Sunderland victory where everything goes right?

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...


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