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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!

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.

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.

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…

On This Day (5 Nov 1887): Sunderland record first-ever ‘legitimate’ home FA Cup win!

And it was against Newcastle (West End) too!

On This Day (4 Nov 1972): It’s the start of a new era at Sunderland

On this day in 1972 we begin life without Alan Brown against Aston Villa, as the hunt for a new manager got underway.

On This Day (3 Nov 1987): Ord & Heathcote make Sunderland debuts as the lads hit Southend for 7!

A defensive injury crisis forced Denis Smith to promote two young central defenders into the team.

On This Day (2 November 1991): Craig Russell debuts as John Byrne nets his first for Sunderland

A pair of Sunderland goalscoring legends featured as we got a welcome home win over Watford for under-pressure Denis Smith...

On This Day (1 Nov 2008): Future England captain makes his Sunderland debut

It was the second season in the top flight under Roy Keane and on this day 13 years ago a young man by the name of Jordan Henderson made his debut on a miserable day for the Lads.

On This Day (31 October 2010): Sunderland’s worst nightmare in horrorshow at St James’

But there’s no hiding from it... we have to face our worst fears!

On This Day (30 Oct 1976): Caretaker boss Ian McFarlane ends Sunderland’s First Division rot

6 years and 209 days since their last First Division win, Sunderland’s longest ever wait in between top-flight victories ended on this day 45 years ago thanks to goals from Bob Lee and Billy Hughes at Coventry.

On This Day (29 Oct 1932): Raich Carter nets first SAFC goal as 11 go in during Roker thriller!

And, with Bobby Gurney returning to form, a legendary attacking combination was born.

On This Day (28 October 1936): Raich Carter gets the winner as Sunderland win the Charity Shield

It wasn’t the best game of football Roker Park has ever witnessed, but this was the first and only occasion that Sunderland AFC lifted the Charity Shield.

On This Day (27 October 2013): Borini belter beats the mags in Gus Poyet’s first home game!

Gus Poyet had just taken over from Di Canio, and in customary fashion his second game in charge was against that lot from up the road.

On This Day (Oct 26th 1960): Sunderland lose seven-goal thriller in first-ever League Cup tie!

Having led 3-1 against Brentford, The Lads let The Bees come from behind to lose 4-3 in our first-ever League Cup tie - showing that even back then, we were capable of ‘doing a Sunderland’...

Talking Tactics: What the data tells us about Sunderland’s home defeat to Charlton

Our 100% home record this season fell by the wayside thanks to a controversial Jayden Stockley goal. Here’s how it happened.

On This Day (25 Oct 2015): It’s Big Sam’s first home game as we hammer the mags!

We were a club in crisis sitting bottom of the Premier League but in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge at the SoL we take the mags apart!

On This Day (24 October 1987): High-flying Sunderland trounce Marco’s former club

The Lads eventually outclassed a spirited York City side in front of a bumper crowd, as the promotion push gathered pace under Denis Smith.

Memory lane: First-hand memories of Raich Carter’s Sunderland

In the first of a new series, we ask fans to share their earliest SAFC memories with us. To kick us off, regular Roker Report poster Mordey St shares his memories of Sunderland legend Raich Carter and the brilliant team we had in the late 1930s.

On This Day (23 October 1962): Sunderland finally get their man as Johnny Crossan deal is completed 

Following weeks of negotiations over the continent, Northern Ireland international Johnny Crossan moved to Roker Park 59 years ago today.

On This Day (22 October 1988): Sunderland stuff Swindon in convincing style!

The Gabbiadini-Whitehurst partnership was firing on all cylinders...

On This Day (21 Oct 2012): Sunderland leave it late to rescue point in the derby!

On this day nine years ago, Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland side left it until the last five minutes to secure a point against ten-man Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light!

On This Day (20 Oct 2018): O’Nien bags first Sunderland goal as Lads win away at Shrewsbury

Sunderland were made to work hard but in the end came good to grab all three points at Shrewsbury - and it was largely down to Jack Ross’ second half subs.


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