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Editorial: The fear of failure is never too far away

Every goal scored at the moment appears to define our season... until the next one.

On This Day (29 Nov 1972): Sunderland hails the appointment of the ‘Messiah’

On this day 49 years ago, Bob Stokoe walked through the doors at Roker Park as the club languished far too close to the relegation places in Division Two.

Obituary: Sunderland says a sad goodbye to former coach Frank Burrows

Frank Burrows passed away aged 77 on Wednesday. Much loved within the game, Roker Report pays tribute to a man that worked at Roker Park in the 1980s, during a successful career in football that spanned nearly 50 years.

On This Day (28 November 2000): Dwight Yorke sees red as Sunderland win in extra time!

Peter Reid’s Sunderland got the better of Alex Ferguson’s men as Sunderland progressed to the 5th round of the League Cup.

On This Day (27 Nov 1949): Happy Birthday to former Sunderland star Dennis Tueart - 72 today!

Although born on Tyneside, it was on Wearside where Dennis Tueart first made a name for himself before going onto further success elsewhere. Roker Report looks back on the career of one of Sunderland’s most exciting players ever as he celebrates his birthday.

On This Day (26 November 1994): Buxton drops record signing as Sunderland run riot at Pompey

With Bob Murray trying to sell the club and no money available for squad reinforcements, Mick Buxton made a big call by dropping Big Bad Don.

On This Day (25 Nov 2017): Coleman raises hopes after first win as Sunderland boss!

On this day only four years ago, belief returned briefly as Chris Coleman got off the mark with his first win as the new manager of Sunderland.

Finlay’s Report: Sunderland’s draw against ten-man Shrewsbury just wasn’t good enough

"It feels like Sunderland have crashed back down to Earth with a colossal bang", writes Finlay Anderson in his assessment of Sunderland’s performance at New Meadow last night...

On This Day (24 Nov 1984): Sunderland come back from two down to stun Manchester United!

A Clive Walker hat-trick and a double sending off were the headlines from an eventful afternoon at Roker Park...

On This Day (Nov 23rd 1993): Chaos on Wearside as long-standing duo wage war with Butcher

Hanging onto his job by a thread, Terry Butcher found himself at a standoff with transfer listed pair Owers & Armstrong - and we missed out on a player because we were skint!

On This Day (22 Nov 2010): Bruce’s Sunderland lucky to bag a point against Everton!

On this day 11 years ago, Steve Bruce took on David Moyes as Everton visited the Stadium of Light - and we were lucky to nick a point…

Talking Tactics: Did Sunderland deserve to win against Ipswich? Here’s what the data says...

After enduring a difficult run of form, Sunderland returned to winning ways at home against a resilient Ipswich Town. What does the data say about the performance?

On This Day (21 November 1994) - Sunderland’s Mr Versatile Luke O’Nien is born

One player has come to embody Sunderland’s time in League One, gaining plaudits and attracting criticism in almost equal measure. A likeable lad and an absolute sh*thouse - happy birthday, Luke O’Nien!

RIP former Sunderland forward Gary Moore — A football man

Kelvin Beattie pays tribute to former Sunderland forward Gary Moore - who played for the Lads during the 1960s - after he sadly passed away this week.

On This Day (20 November 1885): Sunderland legend George Holley is born in County Durham

Roker Report looks back on the career of one of Seaham’s favourite sons, the Football League winner and England international George Holley, who was born on this date 136 years ago.

Roker Ramble: Paying too much for your season ticket? Good thing you don’t support Chelsea!

Fans of the Blues will definitely be utilising a direct debit facility, Derby and Reading hit with points deductions and... I’m sorry but it’s that lot again.

On This Day (19 Nov 2017): Chris Coleman is appointed as manager of Sunderland

The appointment of the Wales boss raised hope that we’d lift ourselves back up the championship table. The reality was somewhat different...

On This Day (18 Nov 2000): Alan Shearer misses penalty as Sunderland claim all three points!

On this day 21 years ago, Reidy’s side did it again at St James’ Park as we came from behind to take all three points!

On This Day (17 November 1954): Sunderland’s first Argentinian import Claudio Marangoni is born

Rosario, Santa Fe, has produced some footballing legends down the years, and Claudio Marangoni - who turns 67 today - was the first to make an impact on Wearside. Feliz Cumpleaños!

On This Day (16 Nov 1947): Sunderland legend Bobby Kerr is born - memories of watching him play

As we celebrate the birthday of SAFC legend Bobby Kerr today, RR’s Kelvin Beattie recollects some of his fondest memories of watching the Scotsman play at Roker Park.

On This Day (15 Nov 1997) - Peter Reid’s Sunderland run riot at Fratton Park!

This was arguably the victory that kicked off three and a half glorious years as we demolished Portsmouth on this day 24 years ago!

On This Day (14 Nov 2010) Sunderland stun Chelsea as the lads run riot at Stamford Bridge

Champions Chelsea were impenetrable at Stamford Bridge. Until Sunderland came to town, that is.

Memory Lane: Sunderland’s future stars begin to shine in the WPL Northern Division

In the first in an occasional, non-chronological series - we look back almost two decades to an SAFC team that featured some very notable names indeed.

Join the Roker Report Sunderland’s Lasses Watchparty on Twitter this Sunday afternoon!

It’s Women’s Football Weekend - and when Sunderland’s game kicks off at 3.30pm tomorrow live on the FA Player, Roker Report be providing alternative fan commentary on Twitter Spaces

On This Day (13 Nov 1880): It’s matchday for the first time as Sunderland play inaugural fixture  

There’s no game for Sunderland’s first team today, but it is the 141st anniversary of what is known to be their first ever formal match. Roker Report looks through the archives to get some background to an important milestone in our history…

On This Day (12 Nov 1969): Sunderland beat Newcastle with Bobby Kerr in goal and Monty up front!

It was all for a good cause, however – the game at Roker Park was Len Ashurst’s testimonial game.

On This Day (11 Nov 2000): Late goal denies Sunderland maximum points against Glenn Hoddle’s Saints!

After a slow start to the season Peter Reid’s side were just getting going as Glenn Hoddle’s Southampton visited the Stadium of Light!

On This Day (10 Nov 2013): Bardsley goal seals impressive win over Man City as the Gus Bus gets moving

It was the first real signs of Poyet’s passing style – and it quickly reaped rewards.

On This Day (1958): Don Revie bags twice as Sunderland seal first away win at Birmingham!

Future England boss Don Revie scored twice for Sunderland at Birmingham on this day 63 years ago - with The Lads picking up their first away win of the season... in November (that doesn’t sound like us!).

Bring on The Gooners! Memories of watching The Lads away at Arsenal

Our exploits in the League Cup and the draw against Arsenal at The Emirates had Kelvin Beattie wallowing in nostalgia around a trip to Highbury in 1980/81.

On This Day (7 Nov 1919): In memoriam - Pioneering Sunderland ‘keeper Ned Doig

It’s 102 years since Sunderland’s first real superstar, Ned Doig, passed away. Today we delve into the Doig’s Den website to explore some of the lesser-known aspects of his life and career.

On This Day (6 Nov 2002): Wilko gets his first Sunderland win as the Lads beat Arsenal!

Sunderland head to the Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup next month knowing that they have won in Arsenal’s back yard before in this competition…


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