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Reminiscing the days of old... when Sunderland were probably crap then too.

On this day (18 August 2009) Future England skipper makes first league start for the lads

Talk about a baptism of fire!

On This Day (15 August 1997): Sunderland’s first competitive game at the Stadium of Light

We’d watched on as it was built and we got our first look against Ajax, but things got serious as we took on Manchester City in the first competitive game at the Stadium of Light.

On This Day (14 August 1999): Sunderland prove their point with a clean sheet

A goalless draw might not seem too encouraging, but given the context it meant a lot to Peter Reid’s men...

On This Day (13 August 1988): Denis Smith issues Sunderland players with a Storm warning

Reigning Western Soccer Alliance champions Seattle Storm were on Wearside 34 years ago today for what proved to be a peculiar afternoon

On This Day (12 August 2010): Steve Bruce sets sights on controversial ex-Newcastle striker   

The manager had flogged Kenwyne Jones for £8m, and was scouring the country for a replacement. What would have happened had we signed this controversial striker?

On This Day (10 August 2010): Sunderland starlet Jordan Nobbs joins Arsenal

Sunderland’s failed bid to join to the WSL caused an exodus of young talent from SAFC Women, and FA Young Player of the Year Jordan Nobbs got her dream move to Arsenal.

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On This Day (9 August 2006): Niall Quinn’s Sunderland lose their first game at home

Despite the initial positivity, the new era at Sunderland had gotten off to a rocky start - and when Steve Bruce’s Birmingham City arrived on Wearside, things didn’t get easier...

On This Day (8 August 2015): Sunderland kick-off against eventual surprise champions!

In August 2015 we realise quickly it’s going to be a long season, but we’d never guess we’re taking on the future Premier League champions.

On This Day (7 August 1985): Davey Swindlehurst joins McMenemy’s Sunderland overhaul 

Roker Report looks at the Sunderland career of Dave Swindlehurst, who joined the club 37 years ago today

On This Day (6 August 1974): Boro beat Sunderland, but Bob Stokoe sees the positives 

The Lads were in Texaco Cup action 48 years ago today, falling to a defeat despite a decent showing - but legendary Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe tried to extract the positives from the performance...

On This Day (5 August 1992): Return of the Butch! Terry comes out of retirement to play again

After being officially retired for 18 months, the former Coventry boss had been given the opportunity to win a playing contract at Roker, and was looking forward to his home debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

On This Day (3 August 1974) - Kerr back in from the cold as Sunderland beat Newcastle in ILB Competition

A rapprochement between FA Cup winning captain and manager preceded a victory over our local rivals, with four debutants on show for the Lads.

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On This Day (2 August 2017): Sunderland complete signing of Dutch goalkeeper

As we prepared for life in the Championship, Simon Grayson looked to the continent as he tried to address the club’s goalkeeping issues

On This Day (1 August 1995): Sunderland linked with new targets as we beat Darlo’ in friendly!

The rumour mill ramps up as Sunderland beat Darlington in our penultimate pre-season friendly ahead of Peter Reid’s first full season as manager.

On This Day (31 July 1971): Watson’s great Danes performance for Sunderland 

Goals from Pitt, Harris and Tueart secured a pre-season win on this day, but it was the in-form Dave Watson that mainly caught the eye...

On This Day (30 July 1981): Hard Man Munro joins the Sunderland cause 

Roker Report looks at the Sunderland career of a full-back Iain Munro – did you see him play for the Lads?

Stat’s Entertainment! A quarter century of Sunderland facts and figures as the SOL turns 25

Since opening a quarter of a century ago the Stadium of Light has witnessed a fair bit...

On This Day (28 July 1995): Chamberlain waits for Friedel work permit to trigger Ipswich move 

The expected arrival of the American keeper would have seen the ex-Luton man join Ipswich Town.

On This Day (27 July 2018): A smoggy storm stalls Sunderland’s pre-season preparations!

The lead up to the game had been mired in controversy - with a late date and venue change - but it was an unprecedented downpour from on high that won out in Sunderland’s friendly at the Riverside.

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Transfer Window Retrospective: Sunderland’s promising team dismantled at the end of 2010/11

Following a tenth-place finish we had the chance to aim higher, augment the squad, and push on. Unfortunately, the summer of 2011 was a turning point - and not entirely for the right reasons.

On This Day (26 July 2009): Bruce delighted with ‘confident’ Sunderland after Atletico win

Sunderland beat Atletico Madrid in pre-season - but would it matter in the grand scheme of things once the Premier League action got underway?

On This Day (25 July 2006): Quinn makes a surprising first managerial appointment as chairman!

Only weeks after being installed as the clubs new chairman, Niall Quinn appoints himself as the new manager two weeks ahead of the season opener.

On This Day (24 July 1994): Mick Buxton’s Sunderland endure hellish stay in Norway

Mick Buxton took his players to the Norwegian village of Hell, with the Lads playing out a 0-0 draw.

On This Day (23 July 2016): N’Zogbia scores in a New (York) beginning for Sunderland

It’s hard to believe it now, but the appointment of David Moyes as Sunderland manager was a welcome one at the time.

On This Day (22 July 2010): Ex-England goalkeeper set to sign as Gordon’s injury woes continue

Craig Gordon’s injury problems were causing Steve Bruce headaches – and a former England keeper was on the verge of a short-term deal.

On This Day (21 July 2016): Moyes rumoured to be ‘in talks’ as Allardyce saga drags on

Rumours gather pace that Sam Allardyce will sign on with the FA and David Moyes is heavily linked with the vacant position that would remain. Was it only six years ago?!

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Transfer Window Retrospective: A World Cup star arrives at Sunderland in 2010

As we prepared for Steve Bruce’s second full season in charge, we caught the eye with some big-name signings as the summer window unfolded.

On This Day (20 July 1966): ‘Porky’ is the star as Sunderland hosts the Soviets in World Cup clash

Ukrainian winger Valeriy ‘Porky’ Porkuyan scored two on his international debut for the USSR at Roker Park against Chile as North Korea progressed in the 1966 World Cup.

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On This Day (19 July 2012): Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland lose Peace Cup opener

Ahead of the 2012/2013 season, Martin O’Neill took the Lads to South Korea for a pre-season tournament, but it would get off to a bad start.

On This Day (18 July 1995): Reid adds striker as internationals are linked with moves away!

Things are getting interesting in Peter Reid’s first summer as Sunderland manager with a first signing confirmed and two internationals are linked with moves away from Roker Park.

On This Day (17 July 2010): Bolo Zenden’s goal settles close game between Sunderland and Darlo!

It’s a County Durham derby double header this weekend as Roker Report looks at two pre-season trips to play the Quakers…

On This Day (16 July 2009): Sunderland beat Darlington in Steve Bruce’s first game as manager

It’s a County Durham derby double header this weekend as Roker Report looks at two pre-season trips to play the Quakers…

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