Sunderland AFC has been a member of the Football League since 1890. They have won the league six times and the FA Cup two times. They have also been runners-up in the Football League Cup a final once. The club is also known under a few nicknames, The Black Cats are one of them.
Groves Field (1882-1883)
Horatio Street (1883-1884)
Abbs Field (1884-1886)
Newcastle Road (1886-1898)
Roker Park (1898-1997)
Stadium of Light (1997-)
First Division/Premier League: 6
FA Cup: 2
Ned Doig, Charlie Buchan, Bobby Gurney, Charlie Hurley, Bobby Kerr, Niall Quinn, Darren Bent, Asamoah Gyan
Sunderland was established in 1879. The “AFC” stands for Association Football Club.
Together with Preston and Aston Villa, Sunderland was among the dominant football clubs in England during the 1890s, winning the First Division in 1891–92, 1892–93 and 1894–95. Their team were reinforced by imported Scottish players and they also played a passing game which for the time was typical Scottish opposed to the dribbling game that otherwise was an English trademark.
Sunderland was, however, not as successful in the FA Cup, in which the participate for the first time in 1884-1885 season. After being the runners-up in 1923 they finally claim its first title in 1937.
The Poker Park stadium served Sunderland AFC for almost a century and had a 75,118 record attendance from a FA Cup match in 1933. But after the all-seater rule made by Football Association in the 1990s, the capacity was decreased to 22,500. The construction of Stadium of Light solved the problem with a capacity beyond 40,000 when it opened in 1997 (the capacity expanded already the next year to 49,000).
By Oscar Anderson
Football clubs also founded in 1879
Titles in total: 6
Premier League titles: 0
First participation: 1899-1890
First title: 1899-1890
|1935-36||1st Division||1||56||6th league title|
|1912-13||1st Division||1||54||5th league title|
|1901-02||1st Division||1||44||4th league title|
|1894-95||1st Division||1||47||3rd league title|
|1892-93||1st Division||1||48||2nd league title|
|1890-91||Football League||1||42||1st league title|
Thomas MM Hemy's painting "Sunderland v. Aston Villa 1895"