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Spot yourself in Sunderland’s Wembley crowd!

The Getty picture archive is teeming with wonderful shots from last week’s match, each one a memorable moment captured forever. Here are 100 shots of our fans in one big gallery... can you spot yourself?

On This Day (27 May 2009): Short takes charge as Sunderland consider pulling plug on Bruce deal

It was all change at the Stadium of Light, after the club had just scraped Premier League survival.

On This Day (26 May 1938): Sunderland fall to Celtic as the Scots progress in Empire Cup replay

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!

On This Day (25 May 1998): Defeat turns to belief after Sunderland face Charlton in Wembley classic

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...

On This Day (24 May 2015): Sunderland lose final league game at Stamford Bridge

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?

On This Day (23 May 1990): “Fans in Roker ticket siege!”

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.

Match Report: Three years longer than expected, but Sunderland are promoted to the Championship

"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.

On This Day (22 May 1967): Roker witnesses FA Youth Cup history 

Success! Sunderland won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history 55 years ago today...

On This Day (21 May 1965): Sunderland move in to fill the Roker Park hot seat

Ian McColl was appointed Sunderland manager 57 years ago today, but early expectations soon faded.

Alex Neil’s Sunderland: “A Terrible Beauty”

Another poem for a Wembley matchday, with a nod to WB Yeats.

On This Day (20 May 2015): Dick cries & Costel channels his inner Monty as Sunderland survive

A sturdy defensive display saw the lads get the point they needed to secure survival... for another season at least.

On This Day (19 May 1977): Sunderland are relegated after final day defeat!

We knew what we had to do to stay up, but then we required a positive result from elsewhere.

On This Day (18 May 1913) - Champions Sunderland’s European tour comes to a nasty end in Hamburg

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.

On This Day (17th May 1987): Sunderland are relegated to Division Three for the first time

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.

On This Day (13 May 1963): Nic Sharkey & “Bullet” Mulhall set up Sunderland’s promotion push!

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.

On This Day (12 May 1984): Sunderland beat the drop with final day win at Leicester City!

In a shoot-out between five sides to beat the drop, Sunderland seal survival with a victory at Filbert Street.

On This Day (11 May 1999) - Quinn in goal and Sorensen upfront for Sunderland in McNab testimonial

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.

On This Day (10th May 1947): Sunderland secure last away win of the first post-war league season

Jackie Robinson and Eddie Burbanks ensured that Sunderland finished their First Division campaign in good form, grabbing a late victory at Blundell Park.

On This Day (9 May 1987): Sunderland finish in play-offs after being on the brink of survival!

We knew a win would be enough to seal safety in Division Two, and it was going so well...

On This Day (7 May 1977): Sunderland still Holden onto Division One status 

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.

On This Day (6 May 1991): Denis Smith gears up for do-or-die clash with Manchester City

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...

Call For Volunteers: Join the Spirit of 37 in the Roker End this Friday

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!

On This Day (5th May 1973): 2nd Division Sunderland defy all odds to win the FA Cup Final!

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.

The year the FA left Sheffield Wednesday hOWLing – much to our delight

Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday do have playoff-related promotion history - and Sunderland can claim victory despite the sides never meeting on the pitch.

Book Report – “Stokoe, Sunderland and ‘73”

‘Stokoe, Sunderland and 73: The Story Of the Greatest FA Cup Final Shock of All Time’ by the late author Lance Hardy is a fitting tribute to the most famous Sunderland team and manager since the club’s inception.

On This Day (2009): Sunderland Women fight to the end in their first FA Cup Final appearance!

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!

On This Day (3 May 1969): Sunderland’s youths achieve a remarkable cup turnaround!

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!

Sunderland AFC’s 2020/21 accounts explained

RR’s resident number-cruncher Dave Holloway gives his opinion on the recent set of accounts submitted by Sunderland AFC to Companies House.

On This Day (2 May 1981): Sunderland win at Anfield to seal safety in Division One!

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.

On This Day (1 May 1937): Ultimate FA Cup glory for Sunderland

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

On This Day (29 April 1989): Smith sets Pascoe target as U16s get to experience Roker for free!

The Welsh forward had been at Roker for a year, and manager Denis Smith was hoping for goals, goals, goals.

Talking Tactics: Sunderland v Rotherham - Was Alex Neil’s conservative approach right?

"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.