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On This Day (19 Oct 1968): Sunderland hammered by eight as Geoff Hurst runs riot

It was a club-equalling record defeat, and fortunately one that’s never been beaten!

On This Day (18 Oct 1999): Sunderland win five in a row in the Premier League

Halcyon days on this day 22 years ago, as Peter Reid’s newly promoted side win their fifth straight Premier League game to go third in the table!

Kit Cats: New Sunderland book hits the shelves, and readers have a chance to win a copy! 

Co-author Andrew Smithson gives Roker Report the inside story of how a new book detailing the history of SAFC’s was put together…

On This Day (17 October 1936): A ten goal thriller as Sunderland draw at Ayresome Park

Two local rivals went toe-to-toe in a game that saw seven goals in an astounding first half and was all square at 5-5 at the final whistle. It’s a record goal tally that still stands today…

Match Preview: Gillingham v Sunderland - can the Lads make a return to the top of the table?

We return to League One action after the break and we’re back on the road with a trip to Gillingham as we aim to get back to the top of the table - here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

A Tribute To Len Ashurst: The man who paved the way for black players at Sunderland

I’ll remember Len for being a man ahead of his time when it came to anti-racism & equality, and the person who laid the foundations for making sure Sunderland was a club that is warm, welcoming and values diversity.

On This Day (15 Oct 1997): Russ makes his last start for the Lads as Boro brick the team coach!

It was a bad day all round for the lads, as Craig Russell makes his final start in a Sunderland shirt.

On This Day (14 October 1996): Ten-man Sunderland battle to a point in Roker Park’s final derby match

Middlesbrough visited Roker Park for the first-ever Premiership Wear-Tees derby a quarter of a century ago today, and it turned out to be an action-packed affair…

On This Day (13 Oct 1984): Lads escape Swedish punishment and return to Roker with a bang

But the 2-1 victory left the manager and players wanting more.

Who is the one former Sunderland player that you wish you could have watched for yourself?

Who is the one former Sunderland player that you wish you could have watched for yourself in person, and why?

On This Day (12 Oct 1895): All-Scottish Sunderland travel to Glasgow to face football pioneers

‘English’ Champions Sunderland fielded 11 Scotsmen in a friendly challenge match against Queen’s Park, the club without which our beautiful game would not have flourished.

The second coming of the last Rokermen

During a period that was all about a new dawn for Sunderland, the faithful servants from Roker who made the transition to the SoL played their part in reinstating the club back in the top flight...

On This Day (11 October 1980): Fans’ favourite Nyron Nosworthy is born in Brixton

Today is Nyron Nosworthy’s 41st birthday, and we hope it’s a happy one for one of the club’s most committed and well-loved players of recent decades.

On This Day (10 October 1997): “Lock up Your Daughters” as SoL’s official opening is announced!

Amanda Staveley’s future boyfriend, Andrew Windsor, was later pictured officially opening the Sunderland Stadium of Light - but was he actually at Pizza Express in the Metrocentre at the time?

On This Day (09 October 1954 & 1963): Derby Day double as Sunderland overcome Newcastle (twice!)

A quirk of the fixture lists meant that Roker Park hosted Wear-Tyne derbies on this day in 1948, 1954 and 1963, with the latter two both ending in memorable victories for Sunderland.

Raich Carter: Remembering a true Sunderland legend

On the anniversary of his death, we take a look back at the Sunderland career of Horatio Stratton Carter.

On This Day (8 Oct 1994): SAFC beat West Brom despite missing out on two ex-England midfielders

Mick Buxton was trying hard to add to his squad, but with an ongoing power struggle playing out behind him, funds were severely limited.

On This Day (7 October 1989): Sunderland keep up the promotion pace with victory at Roker 

Harry Redknapp’s AFC Bournemouth set off on the long trip home empty-handed as the Lads continued their strong start to the 1989-90 season

On This Day (6 Oct 1993): Butcher’s team show signs of quality as Lads brush aside the champions

Leeds United were the reigning champions of the country, but Terry Butcher’s team beat them not once, but twice. Hope does spring eternal, doesn’t it?

On This Day (2013): Sunderland legend Kevin Ball takes charge of last game as manager

Having stepped in after the departure of Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland legend Kevin Ball took charge of the Lads for the final time in a 2-1 home defeat against Manchester United - with two faces from the future spoiling the day.

On This Day (4 Oct 1967): ‘The King’ celebrates his testimonial on his birthday!

Today we say happy birthday to a true club legend and look back on his career and his testimonial game played on this day 54 years ago.

On This Day (3 October 1984): Gary Bennett & Howard Gayle racially abused in “Swenglish Cup”

It was a strange little tournament, but the "Swenglish Cup" game against Hammarby produced one of the most ugly incidents of racism in Sunderland’s history.

On This Day (2nd October 1993): Birthday boys present Sunderland with three points against Posh!

There was a ‘Posh’ birthday do for Phil Gray and Gary Owers 28 years ago today, with the pair both marking the occasion by getting on the scoresheet in a comfortable 2-0 win over Peterborough United.

On This Day (1 Oct 2002): Sunderland hit seven in Reidy’s last win as manager

The lads go goal-crazy as the Peter Reid era draws to a close.

Let’s show a bit of love to Lee - what do you like the most about the job he’s done so far?

Lee Johnson deserves a bit of credit for how well we’ve started the season - what do you like most about the job that he’s done so far at Sunderland?

On This Day (30 Sep 1995): Sunderland move into top six as new boy David Kelly gets off the mark

Sunderland move into a play-off position for the first time in five years as new signing David Kelly opens his account for the club on his home debut.

On This Day (29 Sept 1990): Sunderland face a huge test as champions Liverpool roll into town

Our start to the 1990-91 season was a tough one – but a win over Manchester United and home draws against Spurs and Everton gave Sunderland hope as champions Liverpool headed to Roker Park.

A tribute to Len Ashurst: a legendary man, player and manager

Kelvin Beattie and Mark Wood remember the Sunderland career of former player and manager Len Ashurst, who sadly passed away recently.

On This Day (2002): David Bellion scores his first Sunderland goal as pressure mounts on Reidy

Young french striker David Bellion bagged his first Sunderland goal as the Lads won a vital three points against Aston Villa, with pressure mounting on long-serving manager Peter Reid.

On This Day (27 Sep 2009): Steve Bruce’s Sunderland hit Mick McCarthy’s Wolves for five!

Twelve years ago today, Steve Bruce masterminded a good ol’ thrashing as Sunderland beat Mick McCarthy’s Wolves at the Stadium of Light in a seven-goal thriller.

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about Sunderland’s performance v Bolton?

What does the data tell us about how Sunderland played against Bolton, and how we managed to get the three points and a well-earned clean sheet?

On This Day (26 Sept 1987): Marco debuts as Sunderland drop to a new low

Losing two-nil at home to Chester City must surely rank as one of the worst results in SAFC’s long history, but the game did see the introduction of a young lad who’d become a club legend.