1880 The teachers rename their club Sunderland AFC after a practice game
1909 George Holley hits a hat-trick in the 6-2 defeat of Woolwich Arsenal
1979 Uruguayans Olimpia Asuncion are beaten 5-2 in a friendly at Roker
Record in 1st Class Competitions
Up to and including match v. Manchester United U21 on 13/10/2021
Matches Played 5,461 Number of... Number of different players to...
Matches won 2,185
Matches drawn 1,336
Matches lost 1,940
Goals scored 8,400
Goals conceded 7,698
Matches scored in 4,108
Matches not conceded in 1,486
Make an appearance 1,117
Start a match 1,077
Come on as a substitute 469
Be substituted 559
Never appear but be a sub 49
Score a goal 607
Be sent off 134
Last Match
13 October 2021 English Football League Trophy (1st Team Entry)
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 1885-86 to date Goal Sequences and Times 1885-86 to date Grounds and Attendances All seasons
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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!