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Sunderland survival odds are popular to bet on at the start and throughout the season. Recent campaigns have seen Sunderland relegated in successive seasons, and with the club in turmoil there are odds out there on the Mackems to be relegated once more. Odds on Sunderland to be relegated are popular, equally odds on Sunderland to stay up can offer value.

A better bet may be odds on Sunderland to win League One 2018, which are available at most bookmakers. 

Sunderland transfer odds are also commonly bet on. With Sunderland struggling of late, they’ve turned to the transfer market on numerous occasions to bolster their squad and improve their chances.

Odds on the Sunderland manager are another popular choice. These markets can range on when the Sunderland manager will be sacked, or the next Sunderland manager odds.

It’s been decades since Sunderland last won a major trophy, but odds on Sunderland to win the FA Cup for example are sometimes bet on. Again, this is for punters who are looking for longer odds bets, and with the Cup competitions having a history of providing shocks, odds such as these are considered.


Sunderland A.F.C are a professional football team currently playing in League One. Sunderland are one of England’s most successful League and Cup sides, although in recent times the club have endured troubled times.

The history of Sunderland AFC begins in 1879. James Allan founded a football team and named it Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C. The club joined the Football League for its 1890/1891 season and the end of the century saw a successful time for Sunderland.

The club won its first league title in the 1891/1892 season, and went on to defend their title successfully by winning it again the following season. A second place finish in the 1893/1894 season was followed by another title win. 

During this period, Sunderland became the first side to score over 100 goals in a single season, and Johnny Campbell scored over 30 goals two seasons running.

For the 1898/1899 season, the club moved to Roker Park, which was to remain the home of Sunderland until 1997. 

Another second spot finish was earned in the 1900/1901 season before Sunderland earned their fourth First Division title the following season.

Over the next few years, Sunderland remained a competitive First Division side. The 1912/1913 season saw the club win a fifth title, and Sunderland almost completed the double, narrowly beaten by Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final.

The football calendar was suspended for the duration of the First World War. When the Football League resumed, Sunderland continued to challenge for honours. The club finished second or third in four of the five seasons between 1922 and 1927. However Sunderland had to wait until the 1936/1937 season to pick up their sixth First Division title.

Sunderland followed their sixth league championship with their first FA Cup, before the start of the Second World War suspended the Football League calendar once again.

When football returned, Sunderland spent a huge amount of money on new players and staff. Designed to give the club extra impetus as it went on the hunt for more trophies and glory, instead the club went in the other direction. In the 1958/1959 season, Sunderland were relegated for the first time in their history.

Financial scandal hit the club before the club suffered relegation, with the chairman and directors found guilty of making illegal payments to players. 

Sunderland’s break from First Division football only lasted six years. After two consecutive third place finishes, the club finally achieved promotion in the 1963/1964 season.

This era at Sunderland was the start of them moving up and down through the English Leagues, something that has lasted to this day.

The club struggled upon its return to the First Division and six years after promotion the club were relegated back to the second tier. However, three seasons later, Sunderland won their second FA Cup, beating Leeds United 1-0. This FA Cup win is the last time Sunderland have won a major competition to date.

Winning the FA Cup also gave Sunderland the opportunity to play in European competition. The club had qualified for the European Cup Winner’s Cup, but were knocked out by Sporting Lisbon in the second round.

A promotion in the 1974/1975 season was followed by immediate relegation. Three seasons later, and the club won promotion again, and this time it lasted a little longer. However six seasons later, and once again Sunderland suffered relegation.

Things went from bad to worse for Sunderland. A narrow relegation escape in the 1985/1986 season wasn’t a good enough warning for the club, and in the 1986/1987 campaign relegation struck once more. Sunderland lost a promotion/relegation play-off against Gillingham, and the club found itself in the Third Division for the first time in its history.

A new chairman and manager took over the club, and with it a strange promotion followed. Sunderland had faced Swindon Town in the play-offs, which Swindon won. However, due to Swindon’s financial situation, the Football League blocked their promotion and gave their place to Sunderland.

Another promotion followed two years later, and Sunderland found themselves back in the top flight.

However, yet again Sunderland couldn’t beat the drop. Four more years of second tier (now known as Division One after the creation of the Premier League) football followed.

Peter Reid was given the manager’s job, and he proved to be an instant success. The club were promoted in the 1995/1996 season and enjoyed their first season in the Premier Legue.

Although, there wasn’t too much too enjoy. The club were relegated and faced an instant return to Division One.

In 1997, Sunderland left the ground it had called home for 99 years. The club relocated to the Stadium of Light, and a record breaking season lifted the spirits of the Sunderland squad. Sunderland became Division One championships, earning a record 105 points that season.

Their return to Premier League action only lasted for three seasons. The 2005 /2006 season saw the club relegated once more, However, Sunderland bounced back at first attempt.

The club had established itself as a Premier League side, albeit finishing in the bottom half on most occasions. However, after only just saving themselves from the drop in the 15/16 season, the Mackems couldn't save themselves a season later and were relegated after finishing bottom of the top flight.

Many were expecting an instant return for Sunderland. Instead of promotion, though, Sunderland suffered a second successive relegation and for the 18/19 campaign find themselves in the third tier of English football.


The original Sunderland AFC crest featured a ship, a black cat on a football on a shield shape with a background of red and white to represent the Sunderland kit.

The badge was altered slightly, but the images of the ship and the football remained, along with the red and white stripes.

For their move from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light, the club commissioned a new Sunderland football crest to be designed. This new crest still features the shield shape, but this time it’s quartered. Each quarter contains an image to represent the history of Sunderland and its surrounding areas.

Penshaw Monument and Wearmouth Bridge are both depicted. A colliery wheel is used to symbolise the mining history of the area. The badge also features the black cats of Sunderland, and is completed by the club motto Consectatio Excellentiae, which means ‘in pursuit of excellence’.


Sunderland football colours are famous for being red and white stripes. Sunderland have worn red and white striped shirts for most of its history.

Recently worn with black shorts and black socks, earlier versions include white shorts and black socks, until 1997 and every kits since then has been the standard Sunderland kit.

Sunderland’s original kit was completely different. The first, featured from 1880 to 1884 was an all dark blue affair. The second kit, used immediately before the stripes were adopted, featured a red and white half shirt with dark blue shorts and dark socks.

Sunderland Stadium

The Sunderland stadium is called the Stadium of Light, the seventh ground to be used by Sunderland in its history.

The Sunderland AFC ground history began at Blue House Field, close to where the club was originally formed. The club then moved to Groves Field for a brief time, and then on to Horatio Street.

Abbs Field was the fourth location for a Sunderland stadium, and this was the first ground Sunderland were able to charge an admission fee for.

In 1886, the club moved to Newcastle Road. However, Sunderland quickly outgrew this ground and moved to Roker Park.

Roker Park was the home of Sunderland AFC for 99 years. In 2007, the club moved to its current stadium, the Stadium of Light.

When the stadium first opened, the Stadium of Light had a capacity of around 42,000. It was expanded in 2002, and so the current Sunderland stadium capacity is 49,000, becoming the sixth largest football ground in England.

The Sunderland stadium layout is based on a rectangular bowl. 


Sunderland supporters traditionally hail from the surrounding areas, but there is also large global support for the club. There are a number of Sunderland supporters branches across the globe for fans to maintain strong links with the club.

One of the oldest Sunderland supporters clubs, the Sunderland AFC Supporters Association was set up in 1965. Its primary aim is to keep a two-way communication between the club and its fans, and make sure any issues are dealt with.

There is also a number of Sunderland supporters forums on the internet, with the better ones gaining thousands of members.

The Sunderland supporters nickname is the Mackems. The Mackems follow their team home and away, selling out their seat allocations the majority of the time.

Sunderland’s main rivals are Newcastle United. These two teams contest the Tyne-Wear derby. To a lesser extent, Sunderland also enjoy a rivalry with Middlesbrough, though this is nowhere near as fierce.


The current Sunderland owner is Stewart Donald. Donald led a group of investers into the purchase of the club in 2018 from Ellis Short.

Short launched a takeover of the club in 2009, buying the club from the Drumaville Consortium, which had completed a takeover themselves only three years earlier.

The Drumaville Consortium was led by former player Niall Quinn, and even after Ellis Short acquired the club, Quinn stayed on as chairman.

Short replaced Quinn as chairman in 2011, with the latter moving to a new role of Director of International Development.

The Sunderland Board of Directors features Ellis Short (owner/chairman); Martin Bain (chief executive); Angela Lowes (finance director); Gary Hutchinson (commercial director) and Per Magnus Andersson (director).


Sunderland stats begin with their all-time record appearance maker. The man who has made the most appearances for Sunderland is Jimmy Montgomery, who made 627 appearances for the club from 1960 to 1977.

The Sunderland all-time leading goalscorer is Bobby Gurney. Gurney scored 228 goals for the club between 1925 and 1950. The only other Sunderland player to have scored over 200 goals for the club is Charlie Buchan. Buchan scored 222 goals for Sunderland from 1911 to 1925.

Sunderland’s first ever match occurred in 1880. The team took on Ferryhill, and thrashed them 11-0.

Sunderland’s first league match came ten years later. Sunderland played Burnley in 1890 and were beaten 3-2.

The biggest league win in Sunderland history came in 1908. Sunderland beat arch rivals Newcastle, by a scoreline of 9-0.

Sunderland’s heaviest league defeat has happened on four occasions. A defeat of 8-0 is the record, and this happened against Sheffield Wednesday in 1911; West Ham United in 1968; Watford in 1982; and Southampton in 2014.

The highest number of spectators a Sunderland side has played in front of stands at 75,118. This attendance record came at Roker Park in 1933, with Derby County the visitors.

Sunderland have enjoyed one season in European competition. This came in the 1973/1974 season, when the club had qualified for the European Cup Winner’s Cup. Sunderland beat Vasas Budepest in the First Round, but were knocked out in the Second Round by Sporting Lisbon.

Sunderland’s European record stands at four games played, three games won, one game lost, with five goals scored and three goals conceded.

Sunderland Players  

Sunderland’s squad list currently numbers 26. This figure includes Academy players making the step up to first-team football.

The number of Sunderland players who have played for England is 28. 

Notable ex Sunderland players include George Mulhall, Gary Bennett, Marco Gabbiadini, Niall Quinn, Kevin Ball, Charlie Hurley, Kevin Phillips, Dave Watson, Len Shackleton, and one of the all time legends of the game of football, Brian Clough.

Other fans favourites include John Mensah, Stefan Schwarz, Jermain Defoe, Seb Larsson,Lee Cattermole and Julio Arca.

Sunderland Manager

The current Sunderland manager is Jack Ross. Ross was given the job in the summer of 2018, taking over from caretaker boss Robbie Stockdale.

Previous Sunderland managers have included Gus Poyet, Paolo Di Canio, Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.

The most successful Sunderland manager is arguably Tom Watson, who managed the club to three First Division titles during his tenure from 1889 to 1896.

Another man who can lay claim to being Sunderland’s most successful manager is Johnny Cochrane, who win a First Division title and the club’s first FA Cup during his time in charge from 1928 to 1939.

Bob Kyle has managed the Sunderland side for more games than any other manager in Sunderland history. Kyle took charge of 817 games between 1905 and 1928, winning a First Division title along the way.

Tom Watson has the best games to wins ratio out of all Sunderland managers. Watson has a win percentage of 62.3%, after leading his side to victory in 119 of their 191 games with Watson in charge.

Out of all the Sunderland managers who managed the club for 20 games or more, Howard Wilkinson has the lowest win percentage. Taking charge of 27 matches from 2002 to 2003, Sunderland only enjoyed four victories, leaving Wilkinson with a win percentage of just 14.8%.


In their first years of existence, Sunderland were a very successful side. Despite a trophy less period, where the club haven’t won a major title since 1973, Sunderland have still won more top flight titles than most other Premier League teams.

Sunderland won the top division title six times. Firstly, in 1891/1892; then 1892/1893; 1894/1895; 1901/1902; 1912/1913; and 1935/1936.

Sunderland have won the FA Cup on two occasions. Firstly in 1937, and then again in 1973.

Sunderland won the Charity Shield in 1936.

Sunderland have won five second tier titles. The first came in 1975/1976; 1995/1996; 1998/1999; 2004/2005; and 2006/2007.


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