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

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On This Day (20th February 1886): Sunderland take on Newcastle East End!

Today, Roker Report goes all the way back to the 1880’s- an era when football was yet to fully take hold on Wearside

On This Day (19th February 1955): Sunderland salvage a replay at Swansea Town!

The ‘Bank of England’ club finally looked like it might experience some success, but first had to negotiate a tricky FA Cup tie at Second Division Swansea Town back on this day in 1955.

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On This Day (18th February 1961): Hurley soars above the Canaries during emotional win 

Today, we take a trip back to the 1960’s, and a marquee FA Cup clash between Sunderland and Norwich City

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On This Day (17th February 2001): Sunderland exit FA Cup in the fifth round against West Ham

The Hammers brought five thousand fans to the Stadium of Light for this FA Cup tie. Were you there?

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On This Day (16 February 2009): Swedish international striker nears Stadium of Light exit door

Famous for scoring on his debut against Birmingham in early 2008, Rade Prica’s time on Wearside was almost up one year later. Was he hard done by?

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On This Day (13th February 1993): Terry Butcher enjoys a ‘new manager bounce’... for now!

Sunderland made it two wins from three under new player-manager Butcher, thanks to a battling display in South London thirty one years ago today

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On This Day (12th February 2006): Sunderland salvage a late point at home to Spurs!

During a season that had very few bright spots, a late equaliser against Spurs back on this day in 2006 gave the Stadium of Light something to cheer.

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On This Day (11th February 1956): ‘Read all about it’ as Pompey are sent packing!

We take a trip back to the 1950s today, as a Sunderland victory over the south coast visitors becomes the latest ‘Storey’ at Roker Park

On This Day (10 February 2007): Anthony Stokes bags his first goal for Sunderland at Plymouth!

The young striker looked like a decent prospect...

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On This Day (9 February 2006): McCarthy blasts back at Murray ‘fallout’ claims

Despite fierce denials, the cracks in the relationship between the manager and his chairman were becoming increasingly obvious as the 2005/2006 season unfolded

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On This Day (8th February 1936): Sunderland win at Anfield after an emotional week

In a season marred by the tragic loss of one of our brightest talents, a trip to Merseyside provided a memorable highlight on this day eighty eight years ago

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On This Day (7th Feb 1987): Black Cats take flight against the Seagulls!

Lawrie McMenemy’s second season in charge was proving just as difficult as his first, but a startling performance from a re-jigged Sunderland team raised the levels of hope once more in the Roker faithful.

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On This Day (6th February 1999): Quinn and Phillips combine to see off Swindon

As our Division One promotion campaign continued to gather momentum, the deadly duo proved too hot for the Robins to handle twenty five years ago today

On This Day (5th February 2003): Wilkinson’s Sunderland progress to last 16 of the FA Cup!

In the mess of the brief Howard Wilkinson era, it’s easy to forget we progressed to the last 16 of the FA Cup - which we managed on penalties back on this day in 2003.

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On This Day (4th February 1984): Sunderland go back to the future against Liverpool!

Sunderland pushed the best in the land all the way, and two latter-day Roker Park regulars came to the fore on this day thirty nine years ago

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On This Day (3rd February 2018): Another home defeat as Ipswich see off Sunderland

It was another day to forget for the Lads as Mick McCarthy brought the Tractor Boys to the Stadium of Light for a Championship fixture on this day six years ago

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On This Day (2 Feb 2002): Pressure grows on Reid as the Lads lose at Old Trafford!

As a tough 2001/2002 season unfolded, we were only three points off the relegation zone as we headed to Manchester to face the reigning Premier League champions

On This Day (30th January 1971): Coach trip to Sunderland for Blackburn

Alan Brown had delivered promotion in the past, but now the project had a different look to it…

On This Day (29th January 1995): Klinsmann dumps Sunderland out of the cup!

The Lads had drawn a glamour tie that saw Jurgen Klinsmann’s Spurs and the TV cameras head to Roker Park for an FA Cup 4th round clash back in 1995.

On This Day (28th January 1931): Cup fever hits the town as Sunderland progress

Lots of people, lots of noise and lots of goals as Sunderland aim for FA Cup glory!

On This Day (23rd January 2021): Charlie Says ‘leave it to me’

The 2020-21 season was a funny old time for a lot of us, but for one Sunderland player things were working out quite nicely.

On This Day (22nd January 1991): Sunderland’s final appearance in a long-forgotten competition

It was a short lived competition and thankfully on this day back in 1991, Sunderland participated for the final time.

On This Day (21st January 2006): Sunderland enjoy a rare TV highlight

The Lads mustered some cheer in an otherwise painful campaign 18 years ago today.

On This Day (19 Jan 2013): Sunderland beat Wigan – but it’s Martin O’Neill’s last win as boss

Sunderland dominated the Latics to record their fifth Premier League win in eight...

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On This Day (16th January 1988): A third successive win keeps the Roker rebuild on track

Dale Jasper is perhaps best known around these parts for his 1985 outing against the Lads, but later in the decade, he was back to witness another important win for Sunderland

On This Day (15th January 1997): Roker’s FA Cup history ends with a moment of genius!

In the third fixture against Arsenal in quick succession the Lads attempted to prolong Roker Park’s long history of hosting FA Cup fixtures, but a moment of genius was instrumental in Sunderland’s exit from the competition.

On This Day (14th January 1978): Trip to the Orient drives an otherwise listless Sunderland

A raft of team changes, some rather odd asides and an unwanted collector’s item – this game had the lot!

On This Day (12 Jan 1985): Frozen out Reuben’s Roker debut abandoned as Lads take on Liverpool

After getting the cold shoulder at The Dell, Agboola was in familiar territory on his Sunderland debut.

On This Day (10 Jan 1962): Bright lights, brilliant performance and record crowd at Roker!

Sunderland faced Southampton at Roker under new floodlights. An epic evening ensued!

On This Day (9th January 1946): Lads wrap up two-legged FA Cup success

The country was coming to terms with the aftermath of war, but on Wearside one interest had remained steadfast throughout…

On This Day (8th January 1966): Lads keep up with the very Best!

A patched up Sunderland were up against it in Manchester, but they pulled together to earn a very encouraging draw!

On This Day (7th January 1956): Things were looking good at Sunderland, but what lay around the corner? 

An early second half flourish puts Lads in control over Norwich City nearly 70 years ago…

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