Having recently retired from the game, we look back on the debut of Grant Leadbitter for Sunderland on this day 18 years ago!
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 91 years ago, Bob Stokoe was born into a Sunderland-supporting family – and aren’t we glad he was!
On this day 17 years ago, the world of football mourns as Brian Clough passes away at the age of 69.
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.
Sunderland put 7 (seven) past a sorry Oxford United side in a classic win, on our way to a record 105 point promotion season.
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.
Charlton were put to the sword at Upton Park as terrace hero Marco Gabbiadini scored what turned out to be his last Sunderland goals.
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.
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 85 years ago, Sunderland and Celtic go head-to-head to claim bragging rights in an unofficial British Championship.
The future England duo were in Smith’s sights as he sought striking reinforcements.
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.
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.
At face value, it seems incredible that such a young talent was allowed to leave Roker Park. So, what went on?
"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.
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.
Our famous old home hosted its first-ever fixture 123 years ago today.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
Sunderland fans have been thanked for supporting a charity campaign in honour of a well-respected coach who died earlier this year.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
League Champions Sunderland claim victory against last season’s runners-up Derby in front of the newly opened Clock Stand at Roker Park.
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.
A remarkable game saw the Lads play three halves of football at Newcastle Road as the appointed referee missed his train at York...
After a war-enforced seven-year break, the Roker Roar got Sunderland over the line against Derby County.