Sunderland Association Football Club were founded in 1879 and enjoyed great success during its first 60 years of existence winning six First Division titles and an FA Cup. Their biggest rivals are Newcastle United Football club and the Tyne & Wear derby is considered to be one of the most atmospheric in world football.
In 1958 they were relegated from the top flight for the first time in their history and it signaled a long period of under achievement.
Sunderland’s most notable win was in 1973 when they became the first second division club to win the FA Cup when they defeated Leeds United 1-0 in one of the most famous Wembley Finals ever.
Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 Sunderland have had a up and down love affair with the competition experiencing promotion and relegation. Their best finish in the league has been 10th place.
Sunderland’s home ground is the Stadium of Light, which they moved into in 1997. It’s original capacity was 42,000 however it has been increased to 49,000 in 2000. Their former home was Roker Park, a stadium they graced for 100 years. The record crowd at this stadium was 75,118 for a FA Cup replay against Derby County.
First Division Champions 1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913, 1936