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Sunderland Association Football Club is based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in North-East England. Sunderland were admitted into The Football League for the 1890-91 season, replacing Stoke. It was the first time a new club had joined the league since its inauguration in 1888. They were League Champions on six occasions over the next 50 years. The club was relegated from the First Division for the first time in 1958, making 68 consecutive seasons spent in the English top league, still the second highest total in English football. Sunderland spent the best part of 40 years as a “yo-yo” team, unable to remain in the top flight for more than a season or two.
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Sunderland and the Premiership
The “Black Cats” play in the Premier League and have been First Division Champions on 6 occasions, in 1891-1892, 1892-1893, 1894-1895, 1901-1902 and 1912-1913.The club’s sixth (and to 2008) league championship came in the 1935-36 season. They moved to the Stadium of Light in 1997 after 99 years at Roker Park. The club spent its first season in the Premier League in 1996-97, being relegated on the final day. However, they regained Premiership status by winning the 1999 Championship, with a then record of 105 points. A further relegation followed in 2003, with the humble record of just 4 wins, 21 goals scored and 19 points. Sunderland’s return to the top flight in 2005-06 was short-lived, breaking their own dismal record by recording just 3 wins and amassing the mighty total of 15 points. Sunderland’s “bounce” factor continued in the following season, when having lost their 4 opening games, they again won the Championship, following the takeover of the club by a consortium headed by Niall Quinn, and Roy Keane appointed as manager. Their latest return to the Premier League saw them finish in 15th place. Sunderland betting odds of approx. 2000/1 are a true reflection of their Premiership winning chances. The fact that it is possible to bet on Sunderland at 2/9 to finish in the bottom half of the table pretty much tells the story. Sunderland odds of about 6/1 to be relegated look attractive.
Betting on Sunderland Premiership Matches
Sunderland have a poor record in the Premiership and the best advice for punters contemplating a bet on Sunderland is don’t! Their goalscoring record in the Premier League is feeble, the 2007-08 season being a shining example, with 36 goals scored and 59 conceded. The situation may be improved by the loan of Djibril Cissé from Marseille, who scored in Sunderland’s 2008-09 win over Tottenham, their first win at White Hart Lane for some 30 years. However, the Black Cats remain a decidedly dodgy betting proposition, especially away from the Stadium of Light and can be consistently opposed, regardless of the Sunderland odds on offer.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Sunderland were first successful in the FA Cup in 1937, with a 3-1 triumph over Preston North End. The club’s last major trophy came by way of a 1-0 FA Cup final victory over high-flying Leeds United, in 1973. Ian Porterfield stunned the favourites with a 30th minute volley to take the lead. Sunderland (playing in the Second Division at the time) had ‘keeper Jim Montgomery to thank for the win. Montgomery made a remarkable save to deny Peter Lorimer an equaliser, described by many as the greatest save ever. Only two other clubs have lifted the Cup while playing outside the top division; Southampton in 1976 and West Ham in 1980. Sunderland’s attempt to repeat the feat in 1992 ended in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool. They make no appeal as prospective Cup winners, even at the 50/1 Sunderland odds generally on offer.
In 1985, Sunderland appeared in their first and only (to 2008) League Cup final, losing 1-0 to Norwich City.
FA Community Shield
Sunderland were successful in the Charity Shield match of 1936-1937, defeating League champions Arsenal 2-1.
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Sunderland’s only foray into European competition was the 1973-74 Cup Winners’ Cup, for which they qualified as FA Cup winners. They defeated Vasas SC, of Hungary 3-0 on aggregate in the first round, but were knocked out 3-2 on aggregate by Sporting Clube de Portugal in the second round.