Sunderland A.F.C. is a professional football club from Sunderland, United Kingdom. Founded in 1879 by Scottish schoolteacher James Allan, Sunderland have had eight different home grounds across Sunderland.The seventh ground, Roker Park was Sunderland's home for 99 years before being replaced by its current home, the Stadium of Light in 1997.
The early grounds in the list were little more than roped-off playing fields which were open to the public, so records regarding ground capacity and attendances are not available.But as public interest in football began to grow in the town in 1880s, the club took the opportunity to begin charging spectators an entrance fee. As such, attendance records begin to appear from Sunderland's fifth home (Abbs Field). Sunderland's sixth home at Newcastle Road could be considered the first 'proper' stadium; with outer walls, grandstands, and capacity for around 15,000 spectators, it was, at the time, regarded as the finest ground in the North East of England.
Three of Sunderland grounds have hosted full England international matches. The first at Newcastle Road in 1891, the most recent at Stadium of Light in 2016.
|Ground||Location||Date of first game||Date of last game||Maximum capacity||Record attendance||Notes|
|Blue House Field||Hendon||18 November 1880 |
|12 November 1881||unknown||unknown|
|The Cedars||Ashbrooke||unknown||unknown||unknown||unknown||Arthur Appleton, local Sunderland historian and author, records that after leaving Blue House Field, the club played at least four games in the Cedars area of Ashbrooke. The exact location, and the details of the games are unknown, but Sunderland A.F.C. recognise The Cedars as their second home, and a Blue plaque marks an approximate location. At least one friendly game was played in Whitburn, but the club does not recognise this as an official home.|
|Groves Field||Ashbrooke||4 November 1882 (vs. North Eastern)||10 March 1883 |
(vs. Bishop Middleham)
|Horatio Street||Roker||29 September 1883 (vs. Castle Eden)||26 April 1884||unknown||unknown|
|Abbs Field||Fulwell||27 September 1884 (vs. Birtley Town)||13 March 1886 (vs. Middlesbrough St. Johns)||unknown||2,000 (approx) vs Port Glasgow Athletic on 1 January 1886|
|Newcastle Road||Monkwearmouth||3 April 1886 (vs. Darlington)||23 April 1898 (vs. Nottingham Forest)||15,000||24,000 (approx) vs Sheffield United on 5 March 1898|
|Roker Park||Roker||10 September 1898 (vs. Liverpool)||13 May 1997 (vs. Liverpool)||60,000||75,118 vs Derby County on 8 March 1933|
|Stadium of Light||Monkwearmouth||30 July 1997 (vs. AFC Ajax)||49,000||48,353 vs. Liverpool on 13 April 2002|
Sunderland Association Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland plays in League One, the third tier of English football. Since its formation in 1879, the club has won six top-flight titles, a total only bettered by five other clubs, and has finished runners-up five times. The club has also won the FA Cup twice and been runners-up twice, as well as winning the FA Charity Shield in 1936 and being finalists the following year. Sunderland have also been Football League Cup finalists in 1985 and 2014.
The Stadium of Light is an all-seater football stadium in Sunderland, England and the eighth and current home to Sunderland A.F.C. With space for 49,000 spectators, the Stadium of Light is the ninth largest stadium in England. The stadium primarily hosts Sunderland A.F.C. home matches. The stadium was named by chairman Bob Murray to reflect the coal mining heritage of the North East and the former Monkwearmouth Colliery site on which it stands. A Davy lamp monument stands at the entrance to reflect the coal mining industry that brought prosperity to the town.
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