1919 Arthur Wright (281 apps, 14 goals) is born at Sunderland
1978 Amazing 2-1 win at Burnley after starting 2nd half 0-0 with 9 men
2003 Local lad Grant Leadbitter (123 apps, 11 goals) makes debut
Record in 1st Class Competitions
Up to and including match v. Oxford United on 19/9/2020
Matches Played 5,392 Number of... Number of different players to...
Matches won 2,148
Matches drawn 1,318
Matches lost 1,926
Goals scored 8,287
Goals conceded 7,630
Matches scored in 4,048
Matches not conceded in 1,462
Make an appearance 1,083
Start a match 1,050
Come on as a substitute 445
Be substituted 540
Never appear but be a sub 44
Score a goal 593
Be sent off 133
Last Match
19 September 2020 Sky Bet League 1
OXFORD UNITED 0
SUNDERLAND 2
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 1888-89 to date Goal Sequences and Times 1888-89 to date Grounds and Attendances All seasons
On 23 September...

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!