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Sunderland: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 4 May 2014
Posted in First Team
  1. Sunderland caused one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup Final history, as they beat Leeds United who were challenging at the top of the first division, and the reigning FA Cup winners, 1-0 in the 1973 final. Sunderland at the time were in the second division.
  2. The Black cats rank equal 13th in terms of major honours won by clubs in England.
  3. Sunderland were known as the Rokerites up until recently as they played their games at Roker Park. This changed to the Black cats when they moved to the stadium of light in 1997.
  4. Sunderland were the first team to to entre the football league after the 12 founder members. They replaced Stoke City in 1890.
  5. In 1999 Sunderland gained 105 points in a single season, the most ever, until Reading managed 106 seven years later.
  6. Hero from the 1973 FA Cup final, Goalkeeper Jim Montgomery, made 627 appearances for Sunderland, more than any other player in their history.
  7. Former Striker Kevin Phillips scored 30 Premier League goals in the 1999-00 season, which saw him finish as the leagues top scorer. It was also a tally good enough for him to win the European golden shoe award. He is still the only Englishman ever to win the prize.
  8. The Black cats have spent their entire history apart from one season in the top two tiers of English football.
  9. Sunderland originally played in an all blue kit until they switched to a half red kit in 1884 and they switched again to red and white stripes in 1987.
  10. In 1895 they played Hearts, who were the Scottish champions in a game dubbed as the champions of the world match, Sunderland won the game 5-3.10.

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