Opening Day 1970 - Bristol City v Sunderland

In the final part of our build up to the opening game of the season, we remember the first match of the 1970-71 season, where Bristol City were the hosts to a Sunderland side that had finally been relegated from the First Division after spending five years in a constant dogfight.1970 was the realisation of what many felt over the... [More]

Match Report: FC Midtylland 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland embarked on their final pre-season trip, this time landing in slightly more homely conditions in Demark to face Danish Superliga leaders FC Midtjylland. A familiar set up other than defence as Paolo Di Canio continues the continuity with his midfield and attack. Behind, however, there were changes galore as Carlos Cuellar replaced Craig Gardner at right back (gulp!) and... [More]

Opening Day 2000 - Sunderland v Arsenal

In the second part of our build up to the opening game of the season, we look back to the turn of the millennium. Sunderland were entering into the era dubbed as ‘second season syndrome’ and quite possibly a pivotal year for Peter Reid. To make things a little easier, their curtain raiser for the season was against an Arsenal side... [More]

Match Report: Sunderland v Manchester City Barclays Asia Trophy

Despite brushing aside Tottenham in the semi-finals, Sunderland march into the Barclays Asia Trophy final as the underdogs against 2011-2012 Premier League champions. There was a tentative start to the game as both teams tried to get to grips with the pitch, which was the resemblance of a mud-pit and arguably worse conditions than on Thursday as both teams struggled to maintain any possession. [More]

Sunderland v Tottenham - Barclays Asia Trophy

Sunderland looked very convincing in a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Hong Kong to seal their place in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy. Torrential downpours had threatened to postpone the game prior to kick-off, organisers instead deciding to delay the start for a half-hour and reducing the playing time down to forty minutes each way. The rain had eased by the new start time, however the large amount of standing water [More]

Match Report: Sunderland v Leicester City 22 Aug 1964

In the first of a regular feature to build up to the first game of the coming season, we will look back at some of Sunderland’s more memorable opening games over the years. Today we remember the six-goal opening game of the 1964-65 season at home to Leicester City, where a 15 year-old rookie debuted in goal. This was Sunderland’s first game back in Division One following their first ever relegation in 1958. The season continued the trend in keeping player numbers... [More]