All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
608 153 159 296 612 904 -292 618 16


Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
John O’Shea 189
Sebastian Larsson 176
Phil Bardsley 174
Lee Cattermole 170
Michael Gray 170
Kevin Phillips 139
Kieran Richardson 134
Niall Quinn 129
Thomas Sorensen 126
Adam Johnson 122


Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Kevin Phillips 61
Jermain Defoe 34
Darren Bent 32
Niall Quinn 29
Kenwyne Jones 26
Steven Fletcher 23
Adam Johnson 19
Stephane Sessegnon 17
Fabio Borini 14
Kieran Richardson 14


Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Derby County 0-5 Sunderland 18th September 1999 1999-2000
Bradford City 0-4 Sunderland 2nd October 1999 1999-2000
Sunderland 4-0 West Bromwich Albion 13th December 2008 2008-2009
Sunderland 4-0 Bolton Wanderers 9th March 2010 2009-2010
Sunderland 4-0 Stoke City 18th September 2011 2011-2012
Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff City 27th April 2014 2013-2014
Crystal Palace 0-4 Sunderland 4th February 2017 2016-2017
Sunderland 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27th September 2009 2009-2010
Nottingham Forest 1-4 Sunderland 21st August 1996 1996-1997
Sunderland 4-1 Chelsea 4th December 1999 1999-2000


Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Southampton 8-0 Sunderland 18th October 2014 2014-2015
Everton 7-1 Sunderland 24th November 2007 2007-2008
Chelsea 7-2 Sunderland 16th January 2010 2009-2010
Aston Villa 6-1 Sunderland 29th April 2013 2012-2013
Manchester United 5-0 Sunderland 21st December 1996 1996-1997
Everton 5-0 Sunderland 26th December 1999 1999-2000
Ipswich Town 5-0 Sunderland 29th December 2001 2001-2002
Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland 1st November 2008 2008-2009
Manchester City 5-0 Sunderland 3rd April 2011 2010-2011
Chelsea 6-2 Sunderland 16th March 1997 1996-1997



Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Peter Reid 5 7th October 2002
Howard Wilkinson 1 10th March 2003
Mick McCarthy 2 6th March 2006
Roy Keane 2 4th December 2008
Ricky Sbragia 1 24th May 2009
Steve Bruce 3 30th November 2011
Martin O’Neill 2 30th March 2013
Paolo Di Canio 2 22nd September 2013
Gus Poyet 2 16th March 2015
Dick Advocaat 2 4th October 2015
Sam Allardyce 1 21st July 2016
David Moyes 1 22nd May 2017


Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool FC 13th April 2002 48,355 2001-2002
Sunderland 1-3 Manchester United 13th October 2001 48,305 2001-2002
Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle United 24th February 2002 48,290 2001-2002
Sunderland 0-2 Leeds United 31st March 2001 48,285 2000-2001
Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle United 21st April 2001 48,277 2000-2001
Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United 31st January 2001 48,260 2000-2001
Sunderland 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur 14th April 2001 48,029 2000-2001
Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal 27th October 2001 48,029 2001-2002
Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea 9th December 2001 48,017 2001-2002
Sunderland 1-0 Everton 22nd December 2001 48,013 2001-2002



Sunderland have undergone some tough times recently. They became the first club since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2013 to experience the indignity of back-to-back relegations to the third-tier of English football. The Black Cats made their Premier League debut in 1996 and achieved two finishes in the top 10 at the start of the millennium under Peter Reid’s tenure. Before their 2017 relegation, they were becoming the survival specialists, edging to safety in the closing weeks of each season from 2012-2013 to 2015-2016.



Sunderland initially coped well with the step-up to Premier League level and by the end of January, sat in 11th position in the table. Arsenal, Chelsea and reigning champions Manchester United were among the teams to experience defeat in what was the final campaign at the historic Roker Park ground. February was the month it started to go wrong with four successive defeats and a 6-2 beating at Stamford Bridge in March left them in a precarious position. The Black Cats beat Everton 3-0 in their last-ever match at Roker Park but on the final day, they lost 1-0 to Wimbledon and were relegated by just a single point after Coventry’s surprising victory over Tottenham Hotspur.



After two seasons back in the First Division, Sunderland returned to the Premier League in 1999-2000 and enjoyed a thrilling campaign back in the top-flight. It started badly with a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea but they bounced back superbly. A memorable 2-1 success over Newcastle United in August saw the end of Ruud Gullit’s explosive tenure as manager and Peter Reid’s side enjoyed a 10-match unbeaten run off the back of that. Sunderland eventually finished in a creditable seventh position and with 30 goals scored, Kevin Phillips had a season to remember, winning the Golden Boot.



After scoring 44 goals in a fruitful partnership the previous season, the Niall Quinn/Kevin Phillips duo contributed to another 26 goals in 2000-2001 as Sunderland finished seventh for the second successive campaign. A 2-0 away victory at West Ham in mid-January had Peter Reid’s side in the dizzying heights of second place in the table but they only managed another three victories to slide out of European contention.



Sunderland’s form took a drastic slide in 2001-2002. They were the lowest scorers in the division, mustering just 29 goals in 38 matches. They were in ninth position after a 3-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers at Boxing Day which was their biggest win of the season but a 5-0 reverse only a few days later at Ipswich started a worrying run of form with just three victories in 19 games. Survival was only secured by a home 1-1 draw with Derby County on the last day of the season.



Sunderland’s 2002-2003 season was a nightmare. After winning just two of their first nine matches, Peter Reid parted company with the club after over six years at the helm. Howard Wilkinson was the shock choice as his successor and although there were notable home victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC, the Black Cats looked in real trouble and were in the drop zone at Christmas.

A calamitous first half at home to Charlton Athletic which saw Sunderland concede three own goals in the space of eight minutes virtually spelt the end for Wilkinson. He was sacked in mid-March. Mick McCarthy was brought in but it was already too late. He lost every single game and Sunderland went down in abject fashion. They were relegated on 12th April after a 2-0 defeat away at Birmingham City and finished with just 19 points, losing 15 successive matches.



Mick McCarthy stayed on as Sunderland manager after their relegation and guided them back to the top-flight at the second attempt of asking but once again, his squad were simply not good enough for Premier League football. Sunderland lost their first five matches and recorded just three wins all campaign. McCarthy was sacked in early March and Kevin Ball took over on a caretaker basis until the end of the season. Sunderland’s third Premier League relegation was confirmed in mid-April after a gutsy goalless draw at Old Trafford but ended with only 15 points – the second lowest tally ever recorded in Premier League history.



Former title-winning Premier League skipper Roy Keane was at the helm for Sunderland’s Premier League return in 2007. He brought in 12 new faces in pre-season and it took time for everything to gel, despite a brilliant opening day victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Sunderland won just two of their first 16 games and also lost 7-1 away at Everton in November. Keane though stuck to his principles and a vital away victory at Villa Park in March started a three-game winning sequence that eventually saw them survive in 15th place with 39 points.



Sunderland began the 2008-2009 season in solid form, winning three of their first nine matches, including a memorable 2-1 Tyne & Wear Derby success over Newcastle United. Manager Roy Keane though resigned on 4th December, five days after a damaging 4-1 home defeat to Bolton Wanderers. Ricky Sbragia took over and after impressive early victories in his tenure (4-0) over West Bromwich Albion and (4-1) away at Hull City, Sunderland slipped into relegation trouble. Despite winning just one of their last 13 matches, the poor form of Hull and Newcastle meant Sunderland survived. Sbragia resigned at the season’s end and owner Niall Quinn began his pursuit of Wigan boss Steve Bruce.



Steve Bruce agreed to leave Wigan Athletic in June to take the Sunderland post and he helped break the club-record transfer fee in the summer to acquire the services of Darren Bent for £10 million from Tottenham Hotspur. Bent’s response was to score 24 goals in the Premier League and finish third in the race for the Golden Boot, only below Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney. Sunderland ended the season in a mediocre 13th place in the table but did achieve home wins over Liverpool FC, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur during the campaign.



Apart from an embarrassing 5-1 clobbering from Newcastle United on Halloween, Sunderland enjoyed a brilliant first half of the 2010-2011 campaign. Darren Bent was still scoring goals, Asamoah Gyan settled quickly after his summer arrival and even the champions Chelsea were outclassed in a shock 3-0 defeat to the Black Cats in November.

After a 2-1 victory away at Blackpool in January, Sunderland sat in sixth position but Bent was sold to Aston Villa and a run of nine games without a win, losing eight of those matches took them onto the edges of the relegation battle. Late season wins away at Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United saw the club sneak a 10th place finish at the season’s conclusion.



Bruce spent £28 million in the summer transfer window but pre-season expectations of a European challenge quickly faded and after a 2-1 home defeat to bottom-placed Wigan Athletic at the end of November; he became the first managerial casualty of the season. Martin O’Neill quickly came in as his successor and won seven of his first 10 games in-charge to see Sunderland rise from 17th to 8th in the table. They eventually finished 13th after failing to win any of their last eight matches.



Martin O’Neill managed to get his long-time transfer target signed up in the summer as Steven Fletcher joined from relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers and he made a flying start, scoring five goals in his first four matches to win the Premier League Player of the Month award for September. Sunderland didn’t lose a top-flight match until a 3-0 loss at Manchester City in early October but never climbed higher than 11th in the table all season. After a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United, O’Neill was surprisingly sacked despite an eight-game winless run. The temperamental Paolo Di Canio was his successor and two wins over Everton and famously, Newcastle United at St James’ Park saw Sunderland finish three points clear of the relegation zone.



With reports of dressing room mutiny and just one point from five games, Paolo Di Canio was dismissed by owner Ellis Short in late September. His successor was the likeable Gus Poyet and he helped Sunderland to another great escape. When the Black Cats won 3-0 at St James’ Park in early February for the second consecutive campaign, they rose to 14th place despite being bottom of the table on Christmas Day. However, they gathered just one point from their next eight games and relegation looked a certainty after a 5-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The lost cause though turned into a fabulous run of form. A draw at Manchester City was followed by crucial home wins over Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion and even more surprising, victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford. Sunderland ended the campaign clear of trouble in 14th place. They also enjoyed a run to the League Cup final before losing 3-1 to Manchester City.



It looked like another long season for Sunderland supporters when they failed to win any of their first six matches, despite drawing five of these. A humiliating 8-0 loss to Southampton had the alarm bells ringing and despite another famous victory at St James’ Park before Christmas, Sunderland were fighting again against the threat of relegation. After a dreadful 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in mid-March, Gus Poyet was sacked.

Dick Advocaat was his replacement and once again, the late managerial change worked. Jermain Defoe returned to the Premier League after his spell in the MLS and scored a memorable goal in a home Derby victory over Newcastle and survival was secured by a goalless draw at Arsenal in the final week of the season. Advocaat was reduced to tears at the final whistle and confirmed shortly afterwards he would be stepping down. However, he had a change of heart later in the summer and remained in the post as first-team manager.



The Dick Advocaat magic faded away relatively quickly and once again, Sunderland were looking for a new boss when the Dutchman resigned in early October without a win to their name. Sam Allardyce was the next man in the hotseat but the initial bounce of victories over Newcastle United and Crystal Palace gave way to a dreadful December. Sunderland failed to collect a single point from five December matches and went into 2016 seven points adrift of safety.

Sunderland’s situation looked bleak after losing 2-0 at home to champions-elect Leicester City on 10th April but that was their final loss of the season. A crucial 3-0 away victory at Norwich City saw them regain destiny of their fate in the relegation battle and back-to-back home victories in May over Chelsea and Everton guided Sunderland to safety once again.



After England’s exit from the European Championships in the summer at the hands of Iceland, Roy Hodgson resigned and eventually, Sam Allardyce was tempted away from Sunderland to take control of the England national team. His successor was David Moyes but he looked flat and so did the team from the early stages of the campaign.

There were few high spots. Defoe continued to score goals and there was an enjoyable 4-0 away victory over Crystal Palace in early February over Allardyce, who was now Palace manager after his England experience turned sour. They were in the bottom three virtually all campaign and their 10-year spell in the top-flight ended in late April with a 1-0 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth. Sunderland finished bottom of the table and Moyes quit at the season’s end.

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