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Sunderland Association Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland play in League One, the third tier of English football.

Since its formation in 1879, the club has won six top-flight titles, a total only bettered by five other clubs, and has finished runners-up five times. Sunderland won their first FA Cup in 1937, and remained in the top league for 68 successive seasons until they were relegated for the first time in 1958.

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Sunderland played in an all blue strip from their formation until 1884 when they adopted a red and white halved strip. They assumed the current strip of red and white stripes in the 1887–88 season.

Their badge included a ship, the upper part of the Sunderland coat of arms, a black cat, and a football in front of Sunderland's red and white stripes. In 1977 the badge was changed, but still included the ship, football and the background of red and white stripes.


This badge was used until the relocation from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light. To coincide with the move, Sunderland released a new crest divided into four quarters; the upper right and lower left featured their traditional red and white colours, but the ship was omitted.

The upper left section features the Penshaw Monument and the lower right section shows the Wearmouth Bridge. A colliery wheel at the top of the crest commemorates County Durham's mining history, and the land the Stadium of Light was built on, formerly the Monkwearmouth Colliery.

The crest also contains two lions, the black cats of Sunderland, and a banner displaying the club's motto, Consectatio Excellentiae, which means "In pursuit of excellence

Traditionally, Sunderland's main rivals are Newcastle United.

  • First Division/Premier League: 1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1935–36
  • Second Division/First Division/Championship: 1975–76, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2006–07
  • Promoted via Play Offs: 1989–90
  • Third Division/Second Division/League One: 1987–88
  • FA Cup: Winners 1937, 1973
  • Charity Shield: Winners 1936
  • Sheriff of London Charity Shield: Winners 1903
  • Other: BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award: 1973, Football World Championship: 1895
  • The club's widest victory margin in the league was in the 9–1 win against Newcastle United in the First Division in 1908.
  • Sunderland's biggest ever win in the FA cup was against Fair field (a non-league team) and the final score was 11–1.
  • Their heaviest defeats in the league were 8–0 against Sheffield Wednesday in 1911, West Ham United in 1968, Watford in 1982 and Southampton in 2014.
  • Sunderland joined the top division in England, The Football League, in the 1890–91 season and were not relegated until 1957–58 (a span of 67 seasons).
  • In October 2015, Sunderland defeated rivals Newcastle United for the sixth consecutive time, a new record.
  • Sunderland's record home attendance is 75,200 for a sixth round replay FA Cup match against Derby County on 8 March 1933.
  • The biggest transfer fee Sunderland have ever received for one of their players is £30 million for Jordan Pickford who moved to Everton on 1 July 2017.
  • The biggest fee Sunderland have received for a player produced by the Sunderland academy is £30 million for Jordan Pickford, who moved to Everton on 1 July 2017.
  • The biggest transfer fee paid by Sunderland is the eventual £17.1 million for Didier Ndong, who was bought from FC Lorient in August 2016.
  • Jimmy Montgomery BEM (born 9 October 1943) is an English retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made a record 627 appearances for his hometown club Sunderland with 537 of these appearances being in the league, after joining the club as a youngster in 1960.Montgomery featured for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final, where they beat Leeds United 1–0 to win the FA Cup for only the second time in their history. His most memorable contribution in that match was a double save from Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer which prevented Leeds from equalising. This is considered by many to be the greatest double save ever.

  • Bobby Gurney (13 October 1907 – 14 April 1994) was a football forward who is the highest goal scorer in the history of his only senior club as a player, Sunderland. Bobby was signed to Sunderland in May 1925, after being spotted by Charlie Buchan while playing for top non-league side Bishop Auckland. He made his debut nearly a year later against West Ham United on 3 April 1926, scoring once in a 3–2 defeat. He would play for the next three seasons alongside a striker who hit at least 35 league goals in each of his four full seasons at Roker Park, Dave Halliday, the most prolific goals to games striker in Sunderland's history. Among his career highlights were ten hat-tricks and two four-goal hauls. He was also one of just a handful of Sunderland players to score five times in a match. Bobby went on to make 388 league appearances for Sunderland, scoring 228 goals, which makes him the club's all-time top scorer. He scored in a 3–1 win over Preston North End at Wembley in the 1937 FA Cup Final.

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