1920 Billy Ellis (202 apps, 32 goals) debuts in a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough
1953 FA Cup winner Mick Horswill (92 apps, 5 goals) born at Annfield Plain
1965 Nick Sharkey gets 2 as Notts Forest are beaten 4-0 at Roker Park
Record in 1st Class Competitions
Up to and including match v. Swindon Town on 2/3/2021
Matches Played 5,428 Number of... Number of different players to...
Matches won 2,165
Matches drawn 1,330
Matches lost 1,933
Goals scored 8,345
Goals conceded 7,663
Matches scored in 4,080
Matches not conceded in 1,477
Make an appearance 1,095
Start a match 1,058
Come on as a substitute 455
Be substituted 547
Never appear but be a sub 45
Score a goal 596
Be sent off 134
Last Match
2 March 2021 Sky Bet League 1
SUNDERLAND 1
SWINDON TOWN 0
Club Formation

Sunderland AFC formed on October 1879, at the British School in Norfolk Street, Sunderland. This is a given for all Sunderland fans and the club itself. Yet there is no factual evidence to support it. To believe it is to believe error-strewn anecdotes and stories published many years later.

There is now a substantial collection of primary source evidence, reported in newspapers from 1879 to 1883, that simply does not support the 1879 date. Furthermore, it provides a consistent set of facts from which the only logical conclusion is that Sunderland AFC formed on 25th September 1880 at Rectory Park School, Sunderland.

All the evidence we have concerning the formation is available on this website for anyone with an interest to examine. In our view, 25th September 1880 is the formation date of SAFC and should be celebrated.

Match Data Status
Basic Match Details All seasons Sunderland Team, Manager and Scorers All seasons Opposition Team, Manager and Scorers 1887-88 to date Goal Sequences and Times 1887-88 to date Grounds and Attendances All seasons
On 6 March...

TheStatCat aims to be the most accurate and up-to-date archive of Sunderland AFC statistics available.

It has been active since July 2005, but this latest version is considerably extended to cover ALL first team games and gradually accommodate full details of the opposition; the latest status of the match data can be seen to the left.

Hopefully it will bring back many memories and help to resolve the occasional argument!