1951 Season starts with entertaining 4-3 win at Derby County
1987 Gates scores only goal in LC 1st Leg win over Middlesbrough
2001 A Kevin Phillips penalty ensures 1st day win over Ipswich Town
Record in 1st Class Competitions
Up to and including match v. Accrington Stanley on 13/8/2019
Matches Played 5,346 Number of... Number of different players to...
Matches won 2,127
Matches drawn 1,305
Matches lost 1,914
Goals scored 8,220
Goals conceded 7,587
Matches scored in 4,015
Matches not conceded in 1,448
Make an appearance 1,072
Start a match 1,038
Come on as a substitute 433
Be substituted 520
Never appear but be a sub 42
Score a goal 585
Be sent off 130
Last Match
13 August 2019 Football League Cup
ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1
SUNDERLAND 3
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 1898-99 to date Goal Sequences and Times 1898-99 to date Grounds and Attendances All seasons
On 18 August...

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!