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On This Day (23 Sep 2003): Grant Leadbitter makes his Sunderland debut in cup defeat

Having recently retired from the game, we look back on the debut of Grant Leadbitter for Sunderland on this day 18 years ago!

On This Day (2013): Paolo Di Canio’s knees are dirty no more as he’s sacked by Sunderland

Having slumped to the foot of the table, Paolo Di Canio was sacked as Sunderland manager eight years ago today following a tense meeting between senior players and the club’s owner on the back of a defeat at West Brom.

On This Day (21 September 1930): Sunderland’s ‘messiah’ Bob Stokoe is born

On this day 91 years ago, Bob Stokoe was born into a Sunderland-supporting family – and aren’t we glad he was!

On This Day (20 Sep 2004): Football world loses a true legend as Brian Clough passes away

On this day 17 years ago, the world of football mourns as Brian Clough passes away at the age of 69.

Why Sunderland’s sustainability is about far more than money

The word ‘sustainability’ has been shouted about for the past few seasons, and it’s about far more than the next quarter’s profit and loss statement. It’s about building a football club that can operate successfully – and ultimately sustain itself in the long-term.

On This Day (19 Sept 1998): Bridges, Dichio & Rae put Oxford to the sword at the SoL!

Sunderland put 7 (seven) past a sorry Oxford United side in a classic win, on our way to a record 105 point promotion season.

On This Day (18 September 1999): Sunderland go mad on ‘Derby’ day as the Lads tear County apart!

Sunderland recorded their biggest Premier League win 22 years ago today, with the Lads cruising to a handsome 5-0 victory over hosts Derby County.

On This Day (17 Sept 1991): Marco scores his last Sunderland goals with a quick-fire hattrick!

Charlton were put to the sword at Upton Park as terrace hero Marco Gabbiadini scored what turned out to be his last Sunderland goals.

The tragic story of Sunderland’s Jimmy Thorpe, who died playing for the club he loved

107 years ago today, boyhood Sunderland fan Jimmy Thorpe was born in Jarrow. His story is a sad one, however, as he died from injuries sustained playing for the Lads in a game with Chelsea. Here’s his tragic story.

What is your favourite memory of Grant Leadbitter in a Sunderland shirt?

As the former Sunderland captain Grant Leadbitter retires from football, we asked our panel to recall their favourite memories of the tenacious academy graduate.

On This Day (16 Sep 1936): The Champions of England and Scotland clash at Roker Park!

On this day 85 years ago, Sunderland and Celtic go head-to-head to claim bragging rights in an unofficial British Championship.

On This Day (15 Sept 1987): Sunderland boss Denis Smith eyes moves for David Platt & Steve Bull!

The future England duo were in Smith’s sights as he sought striking reinforcements.

On This Day (14 September 1935): Sunderland win 2-0 away against Stanley Matthews’ Stoke City!

Sunderland won their last-ever top-flight league title in 1936 - and on their route to the championship, they won away at Stoke 86 years ago thanks to the heroics of goakeeper Jimmy Thorpe.

On This Day (13 Sep 1890): Sunderland begin life as part of the Football League

It was on this day 131 years ago when Sunderland kicked off life as a fully-fledged Football League club, and Burnley provided the opposition on the opening day of the season at Newcastle Road.

The story of young Sunderland starlet John ‘Ralphy’ Goodchild – and what might have been

At face value, it seems incredible that such a young talent was allowed to leave Roker Park. So, what went on?

On This Day (12 September 2017): Sunderland Ladies sold Short again by Martin Bain

"Logistical problems occasioned by the new winter women’s season" are blamed as Sunderland AFC can’t find room for a WSL side at the Academy of Light.

On This Day (11 September 2007): Sunderland mourns the loss of a club legend

Today is the 14th anniversary of the sad passing of Sunderland hero Ian Porterfield, who died aged 61 having enjoyed a fantastically varied career in the game.

On This Day (10 September 1898): Roker Park hosts its first game as Sunderland defeat Liverpool

Our famous old home hosted its first-ever fixture 123 years ago today.

On This Day (9 Sep 2006) - Magic carpet takes off as Roy Keane is in charge for the first time!

Four players make their debut as Roy Keane prepares for his first game as Sunderland manager away to Derby County - can you name the four debutants that day?!

Sunderland AFC are the talk of the town again - and that can be a good thing for all concerned!

It was back to school for a lot of kids on Wearside this week, and a chance for the adults to catch up with one another on the school run.

On This Day (8 Sept 2020): What a difference a year makes!

We beat Villa’s kids 8-1 on this day last year. We’re not going to ‘celebrate’ that result though – merely acknowledge just how far we’ve come in a year.

On This Day (2016): Sunderland supremo Davey Moyes spunks £2m on Portuguese goalkeeper Mika

Six days after the transfer deadline had passed, Sunderland were finally able to confirm the signing of £2m-man Mika - a goalkeeper who would never play a single minute of first-team football for us.

Thanks to Sunderland fans who backed charity match campaign

Sunderland fans have been thanked for supporting a charity campaign in honour of a well-respected coach who died earlier this year.

Editorial: This doesn’t feel like we’re winging it

The start to this season isn’t all that different to our last three attempts - but this is the first time it’s felt like we have a plan.

On This Day (6 Sep 1899): Trailblazing South African side takes on Sunderland at Roker Park

Despite having to endure racism, humiliation and the breakout of the Second Boer War during their unique tour of Great Britain, the young men from South Africa departed after four months as true pioneers.

On This Day (5 Sep 2000): Teenage Argentinian steals the show making his Sunderland debut!

On this day 21 years ago, a South American duo make their Sunderland debut as Peter Reid’s side share the spoils with West Ham in a packed Stadium of Light.

On This Day (4 Sept 1933): Len Duns begins a Sunderland career that makes him a club legend

This is the story of a Sunderland great, who 88 years ago today swapped Tyneside for Wearside when he left amateur club Newcastle West End to join Sunderland aged just 16 years old. Leonard Duns’ 17th birthday came three weeks later, and in the following month he signed his first professional deal at Roker Park.

On This Day (3 Sept 1991): Smith backs Gabbiadini & Hauser strike partnership despite slow start

The big German striker had started the season as first choice alongside Marco, but the two weren’t hitting it off as well as was hoped.

On This Day (2 Sep 1936): Champions Sunderland win as new Clock Stand is opened at Roker Park

League Champions Sunderland claim victory against last season’s runners-up Derby in front of the newly opened Clock Stand at Roker Park.

On the march with Jeff Stelling!

Jeff Stelling’s March for Men is tackling four marathons in four days – as well as raising much-needed awareness of prostate cancer – and over £1m for research into the disease. Roker Report’s David Holloway joined the north east leg of this year’s event.

On This Day (1 September 1894): It’s a game of three halves as Sunderland trounce Derby County

A remarkable game saw the Lads play three halves of football at Newcastle Road as the appointed referee missed his train at York...

On This Day (31 Aug 1946): Football returns to Roker Park after seven-year break for WW2

After a war-enforced seven-year break, the Roker Roar got Sunderland over the line against Derby County.