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

On This Day (10 December 1952): Roker becomes the stadium of light!

Sunderland staged their first floodlit fixture 70 years ago today - turning Roker Park into the original stadium of light on Wearside!

On This Day (7 Dec 1965): All Sunderland wanted for Christmas was Dukla Prague in their away kit

Three World Cup Finalists were in the Dukla Prague team that came to Roker to play after school one night 57 years ago. Perhaps they were hoping to compete for some kind of championship?

On This Day (5th December 1992): Gray scores on his full debut for Sunderland!

Malcolm Crosby’s Sunderland were on a mini revival after a poor start to the season and Micky Gray was providing hope that things might just be alright...

On This Day (4 December 1954): A win for Sunderland, but real success alludes the Lads 

Sunderland were on the charge, but the side managed to entertain and frustrate those watching on!

On This Day (3 December 1892): Sunderland overcome Forest swamps

Defending league champions Sunderland visited the Midlands twice in a week, and on this day in 1892, Tom Watson’s men took a huge step towards retaining their Division One title.

On This Day (30 November 1976): Adamson close to the Roker Park hotseat after Stokoe departs!

Brian Clough was in the running, but former Burnley man Jimmy Adamson was the man chosen by the Sunderland board to succeed our FA Cup winning hero boss.

On This Day (28 November 1998): Sunderland hit Bruce’s Blades for four at Bramall Lane!

On this day 24 years ago, Peter Reid’s Sunderland were just getting warmed-up in what would be a record-breaking season - and Steve Bruce’s Sheffield United were up next...

On This Day (27 November 1993): New Sunderland boss Buxton gets the Collywobbles!

A tricky day for Sunderland as they took on the Tricky Trees from Nottingham

On This Day (26 November 1983): A bit of Blue for the Lads! 

Birmingham were beaten as Sunderland enjoyed heading off on their travels

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On This Day (24th November 2018): Gooch rescues a point for ten man Sunderland!

Another tricky League One fixture almost got away from the Lads before we salvaged a point to preserve our unbeaten run

On This Day (22 November 2009): Nobbs completes a victorious weekend for Sunderland against Arsenal

Sunderland AFC beat the Gunners twice in two days, with Jordan Nobbs and Darren Bent taking the plaudits.

On This Day (21 November 1992): Crosby hangs on to job as Sunderland win at the Baseball Ground!

Thirty years ago today, Malcolm Crosby was under pressure to put points on the board as we travelled to big-spending Derby County - who had a former Roker favourite in their ranks...

On This Day (20 November 1976): Sunderland win, but was it enough?

Tottenham were in town and were deservedly beaten – so would it prompt a Roker revival?

On This Day (19 November 1988): Benno leaves it late for the Lads as Smith sets sights on promotion

Sunderland were heading in the right direction 34 years ago, taking another point despite not being at their best.

On This Day (18 Nov 2002): A tale of four keepers as Wilko takes plaudits for Macho man’s form

It’s a tale of four keepers as Wilko tells everyone just how good he is, safe in the knowledge he’s turned Sunderland’s season around. He had, to be fair. Just in the wrong direction.

On This Day (17 November 2018): Maja rescues a point for Sunderland in a drab draw!

It was the start of a relationship with Wycombe Wanderers on this day back in 2018 - but, be safe in the knowledge that we all know how it ended this summer...

On This Day (16 November 1935) - Sunderland artists make headlines as title challenge rolls on

Sunderland taught Brentford a lesson on their way to becoming the most decorated team in the history of the football league, and they did it in style despite a mudbath pitch.

On This Day (14 November 1992): Boro and Newcastle legends linked with moves to Sunderland!

On this day thirty years ago, two strikers who had fallen out of favour at Middlesbrough and Newcastle United were linked with moves to Roker as the pressure mounted on manager Malcolm Crosby...

Obituary: much loved former Sunderland Echo writer Geoff Storey

For fans of a certain age, the work of Geoff Storey was vital to those trying to follow the Lads.

On This Day (13 November 1995): Sunderland get the green light for Wearmouth move

It was a busy day 27 years ago as the final roadblock to achieving Bob Murray’s dream of building a new home for the Lads was finally cleared...

On This Day (12 November 1977): Fluctuating Sunderland share the joy against Rovers

Five strikes from five scorers saw Jimmy Adamson’s SAFC continue their great vein of form in front of goal…

On This Day (11 Nov 2003): 6ft 6 Hungarian striker joins on trial as Mick Mac seeks to strengthen

This international striker had come to English fans’ attention a couple of years earlier – but a stumbling block appeared to scupper Sunderland move.

On This Day (10 Nov 2013) Bardsley and Brown back with a bang as Sunderland beat Manchester City

Phil Bardsley and Wes Brown had been on the sidelines for very different reasons – but this game nine years ago they combined to announce their return in style.

On This Day (9 November 1889) - Sunderland’s “Team of All the Talents” beat the Brummy Dragons!

Excluded from the Football League and unwilling to join the Football Alliance, Tom Watson’s Lads continued to show their class against the "other" Birmingham.

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On This Day (8 November 2008): More misery for Sunderland as Portsmouth snatch unlikely win

As the 2008/2009 season unfolded, it was obvious that all was not well at the Stadium of Light, and this loss to Pompey offered further proof

On This Day (7th November 1996): Internet a leap forward at Roker

It was on this day 26 years ago that Sunderland become one of the first clubs in the world to officially "hit the Internet"...

On This Day (6 November 1908): Sunderland cup and title winner Alex Hall is born

Roker Report looks back at the career of SAFC great Alex Hall, who was born on this day 114 years ago.

On This Day (5 November 1921): Remember remember this big Sunderland win!

A wild wind 101 years ago hampered play, but Sunderland still got there in the end as they stuck five past Oldham at Roker Park!

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On This Day (2 November 2004): Lenny at the double as Sunderland sweep aside Wolves

The Lads’ promotion push was gathering pace as a wounded pack of Wolves visited the Stadium of Light, and Jeff Whitley’s pre-match predictions were proven right.

On This Day (31 October 2017): Caution - reading this may provide nightmares

Simon Grayson, Phil Parkinson and the Netflix cameras... as Halloween’s go, the one we experienced back in 2017 was up there with the most frightening of the lot.

On This Day (30 October 1965): Sunderland make light work of Northampton

Northampton Town were on Wearside 57 years ago, but they were clearly second best against Ian McColl’s men as Sunderland ran out 3-0 winners at Roker Park.

On This Day (29 October 1932): Sunderland beat the weather to run riot

A big win, and some promising signs for the future as Sunderland hit seven past Bolton in an eleven-goal thriller in front of just shy of 11,000 fans at Roker Park!

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