SAFC Players During The War

Usworth Colliery Welfare AFC Winners Of The Northumberland & Durham Challenge Cup 1940 & 1941 Top Row - T Oliver, F Archer, Hastings (captain), Hewison, Lockie, Middleton, Henderson, Cowell, Harris (Treasurer) Front Row - Heslop (South Shields), Dodds (Aston Villa), Kelly (Bury), Potts (Burnley), Hourigan, R Watson (Secretary) Ryehill Football…

Illegal Payments Scandal

The Illegal Payments Scandal 1957 Sunderland AFC Introduction To understand the illegal payments scandal of 1957 there must be an understanding of what the Football League rules were as regards what was known as the maximum wage. As we shall see it was Sunderland’s breaking of this written rule that…

1913 FA Cup Final

1913 FA Cup Final Video Click above to watch. In the quite superb video above we see Sunderland legend, colossus and hard man Charlie Thomson (think Kevin Ball) leading the lads out onto the pitch to face Aston Villa in front of a then worlds record football crowd; 121,919. As…

The Roker Roar

The 1920's Roker Roar watched over by the local Sunderland Police, who seem happy enough sitting on bails of straw. In the build up to the 1996/97 Premiership Season, Paul Wilson of the Observer made the following statement in his Sportsview Section: "Amid all the hype and hysteria, it might…

Roker Park; Home

Roker Park, Sunderland - 1898 to 1997 RokerPark - The Main Stand It was the Henderson Brothers, one of whom was the Sunderland AFC Chairman who recognised the need for a bigger ground. They negotiated farmland belonging to a Mr Tennant. The agreement was conditional on Sunderland agreeing that houses…