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For the Ladies football club, see Sunderland A.F.C. Ladies.
"SAFC" redirects here. For other uses, see SAFC (disambiguation).
Full name Sunderland Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Black Cats
Short name SAFC
Founded 1879; 143 years ago
Ground Stadium of Light
Owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus (majority)
Chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus
Head Coach Tony Mowbray
League EFL Championship
2021–22 EFL League One, 5th of 24 (promoted via play-offs)
Website Club websiteHome coloursAway coloursSunderland Association Football Club (/ˈsʌndərlənd/ (listen), locally /ˈsʊndlən/) is an English professional football club based in the city of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Since its formation in 1879, the club has won six top-flight titles (First Division, now the Premier League) titles (1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913, and 1936), and has finished runners-up five times. The club has also won the FA Cup twice (1937 and 1973) and been runners-up twice (1913 and 1992), as well as winning the FA Charity Shield in 1936 and being finalists the following year. Sunderland have also been Football League Cup finalists in 1985 and 2014.
Between 1891 and 1939, "The Black Cats", as they are known - in addition to their six league titles - finished in the bottom half of the league only ten times, and finished in the top seven 28 times. Since World War II, their league performances have been considerably poorer, only finishing in the top half nine times, (1947, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1956, 2000, 2001 and 2011), and only reaching the top seven four times (1950, 1955, 2000 and 2001). Furthermore, they have been relegated eleven times, and just over half of this period has been spent in the top flight (41 out of 76 seasons); of the 35 seasons in which they were outside the top flight, five have been spent in the third tier.
Sunderland play their home games at the 49,000-capacity all-seater Stadium of Light having moved from Roker Park in 1997. The original ground capacity was 42,000 which was increased to 49,000 following expansion in 2000. The club have a long-standing rivalry with nearby club Newcastle United, with whom they have contested the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. The club have played in red and white-striped shirts and black shorts for nearly the entirety of its history.
1.1 Early years and the "Team of All Talents" (1879–1908)
1.2 Further league championship titles (1908–1945)
1.3 "The Bank of England" club, financial troubles and three cup finals (1945–1995)
1.4 New stadium, promotions and relegations (1995–2006)
1.5 Drumaville Consortium takeover and Ellis Short era (2006–2016)
1.6 Back-to-back relegations and ownership changes (2016–2022)
1.7 Return to the Championship (2022–present)
2 Colours and crest 3 Stadium
4 Supporters and rivalries
4.1 Attendance and following
4.2 Popular songs, music and chants
4.3 Fanzines and fan produced material
4.4 Supporters clubs and officially recognised organisations
4.5 Rivalries and close ties
5 Charitable associations
6 In popular culture
8 Statistics and records
8.1 Record goalscorers
8.2 Transfers 8.3 Overall 9 Kit sponsorship 10 Players
10.1 First team squad
10.2 Out on loan
10.3 Notable players
10.4 Reserves and academy
11 Club officials 11.1 Coaching staff
11.2 Board of Directors
12 Honours 12.1 League 12.2 Cup 12.3 Other 13 References 14 Further reading 15 External links
Main article: History of Sunderland A.F.C.
For a statistical breakdown by season, see List of Sunderland A.F.C. seasons.
Team photo taken in 1884
Early years and the "Team of All Talents" (1879–1908)
The club was founded as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C. by schoolmaster James Allan in what has commonly been believed to be October 1879. However, evidence suggests that the club was not formally created until a year later, on 25 September 1880. It was renamed as Sunderland A.F.C. and became open to more than just school teachers in October 1880.
John Campbell, a part of the "Team of All Talents", and league top scorer in Sunderland's first three titles.
Sunderland joined The Football League for the 1890–91 season. Tom Watson became Sunderland's first manager when he was appointed in 1888. During the late 19th century, they were declared the "Team of All Talents" by William McGregor, the founder of the league, after a 7–2 win against Aston Villa. Sunderland won the league championship in the 1891–92 season, one season after joining The Football League, and this performance led to describe the players as "a wonderfully fine team". Sunderland successfully defended the title the following season, aided by their Scottish centre forward John Campbell, who broke the 30-goal mark for the second time in consecutive seasons. In the process, they became the first team to score 100 goals in a season, a feat not matched until 1919–20.
The Fascinating Stories and History Behind Every Premier League Club's Nickname
What's in a nickname? Premier League are referred to by their nicknames all the time, but where do they they come from? What are the histories and the stories...
The Fascinating Stories and History Behind Every Premier League Club's Nickname
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What's in a nickname?
Premier League are referred to by their nicknames all the time, but where do they they come from? What are the histories and the stories behind them?
Here's where you'll find out...
1. AFC Bournemouth (The Cherries)
Initially formed in 1890 as Boscombe St. John's Institute, Bournemouth have been known as the Cherries ever since moving to their current home at Dean Court in 1910.
The club itself says there are two main stories as to why. One comes from the colour of the striped shirts they played in at the time, cherry red. The other is to do with the fact that Dean Court, these days known as the Vitality Stadium, was built on wasteland next to the Cooper-Dean family estate which included a number of cherry orchards.
2. Arsenal (The Gunners)
Arsenal's 'Gunners' nickname originates from the same piece of history that gives the club its actual name. Formed in the late 19th century by workers at Royal Arsenal, where weapons for the British army were manufactured and stored, they were known as Woolwich Arsenal.
It wasn't until 1913 that the club moved from Woolwich in south east London to their present location in north London, ultimately dropping 'Woolwich' altogether. But the Arsenal name stuck, as did the links with weaponry and guns.
3. Brighton & Hove Albion (The Seagulls)
Brighton's beachside location is responsible for the club's association with seagulls. But it apparently wasn't until the 1970s that the nickname caught on, supposedly surfacing as a result of a chanting match with rival Crystal Palace fans.
Cries of 'Eagles' from Palace fans are said to have been met by chants of 'Seagulls' and things moved from there. Brighton then adopted a new club crest that included the seagull image in 1977, with their 2001/02 centenary the only season since in which a seagull hasn't featured.
4. Burnley (The Clarets)
Burnley take their famous nickname from their colours, which the club has worn for more than 100 years after first adopting claret and sky blue in 1910.
It is said that Burnley chose their colours to mimic Aston Villa, the most successful club in the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Villa had won the league five times in seven seasons between 1893 and 1900, and a further time in 1910 as Burnley decided to change.
5. Chelsea (The Pensioners)
In more recent years, Chelsea have come to simply be known as 'The Blues', but the club's original nickname was 'The Pensioners'. The image of a Chelsea Pensioner adorned the club's first badge in 1905 as a nod to the Royal Chelsea Hospital where army veterans were housed.
It was wasn't until the 1950s that the pensioner was removed and replaced with a lion, a name by which Chelsea are also occasionally known. The lion is believed to have been influenced by the coat of arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea, which ceased to exist in 1965.
6. Crystal Palace (The Eagles)
From 1905 until 1973, Crystal Palace were nicknamed 'The Glaziers' because of the obvious connections to the great Victorian Crystal Palace exhibition building for which an area of south London was renamed and where the football club would be formed.
From the early 1970s onwards, the club has been known as the Eagles when the badge was changed and the team began playing in the red and blue stripes they are known for today.
7. Everton (The Toffees)
One theory behind Everton's unique 'Toffees' nickname is said to come a famous toffee shop that had existed in the area for 100 years. It was called Ye Ancient Everton Toffee House and was run by Old Ma Bushell, the original 'Toffee Lady' and creator of the Everton Toffee.
The shop was apparently located near Prince Rupert's Tower, which as the central feature of the club's badge obviously plays a prominent role in Everton history. This is despite the fact that Everton FC have never actually played in the Everton district of the city of Liverpool.
When Premier League kits look strange with the wrong shorts
Arsenal, in red shortswith their home kit The world is in a bad place at the moment, but this sent football into a spin Planet Sport investigates other Premier League shorts disasters
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Last Sunday Arsenal overcame a tricky encounter with relegation strugglers Watford. But while the 3-2 score was vital in the Gunners' Champions League qualification tilt, importantly it showed that the Arsenal home shirt does not go with their away shorts.
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The classic red shirt with the white sleeves, and white shorts. Arsenal are instantly recognisable across the globe for this classic look.
They've been wearing white shorts since 1886 when they were the Woolwich Arsenal, and apart from a very brief period in the 1890s when they wore blue shorts. It's been white all the way.
So when you rock up to Vicarage Road in red shorts then darlin' you have a fashion disaster.
The Villans are a team who historically can't make up their mind when it comes to kits.
Yes, the classic claret n' blue has been a mainstay home kit since the 1880s. Although they did play around with black, green, red, black and white stripes and an awful brown and sky blue concoction in their early days.
It was always a pair of white shorts for Villa until the 1969/70 season when a sky blue short appeared; it was quickly removed a season later.
Then drunk on power from their famous European Cup win in 1982, Villa went full claret shorts for the 1983/84 season and then again in 88/89 and 99/00. The sky blue shorts crept back in for the 2000/21, but that's about it for shorts tinkering.
Villa beat Everton in non first-team claret shorts in January, but as it's a fairly common occurrence the fashion police weren't that bothered.
After disposing of a yellow and blue stripped first team kit in 1925, Brentford have been red and white stripes ever since. Black shorts have nearly always fitted neatly underneath.
In the wild times of the mid '90s, a red pair of shorts popped up for two seasons and looked wrong from the start.
The Bees did make it to the second division play-offs in red shorts in the 94/95 season, but then finished 15th the season after. Cheerio red shorts.
Brentford mascot Buzzette didn't get the memo though, she still wears a red skirt!
When you think of the Seagulls you think white shorts don't you? Or do you think blue? Well both are sort of correct.
Brighton were solidly a white first team kit short until 1972 when the blue shorts muscled their way in and stayed until 1983.
The two colours went tit-for-tat for the next 40 years. This season it's blue, last season was white. You sense this will run and run.
They've not dabbled mixing and matching their home and away kits this season.
Another claret and blue team who occasionally stray from the white first team kit shorts path.
From 1910, when they switched from a green first team kit (I know), they've gone majority white apart from 98/99 and 06/07 when they went for claret shorts. Sky blue shorts only snuck in during the last decade (12/13, 15/16 and 17/18) and it's a colour they've chosen this season too.
Chelsea switched from white shorts to blue shorts in 1964 and haven't looked back since. No changing it up every other season, I'm looking at you Brighton.
They've not mucked about with their home kit this season either, but then why would you when you leave your fashion disasters to the away kit that they wore against Burnley last Saturday.
Palace have always gone with the blue and red stripes, just to make sure that the majority of teams that visit their ground have to fish out their second or third kit.