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Big Match Stats – Sunderland

City visit Sunderland on Sunday with a pretty impressive recent record against the Black Cats both home and away.

Since losing their first Premiership meeting at the Stadium of Light in December 2003, City have won the following eight games, scoring 21 times and conceding only three goals during that period. 10 of those goals have been at the Stadium of Light.

But it is in the old First division that the majority of meetings have taken place and from the 50 league games played at Sunderland, City have only walked away with maximum points on 12 occasions. But goal scoring wasn’t a problem as City scored 72 times to Sunderland’s 95.

In all the various league guises, the two teams have met a total of 58 times at Sunderland, with the blues winning just 17 to Sunderland’s 31. They have met five times in the FA Cup at Sunderland, with both sides winning two games with one draw, while only one League Cup meeting has taken place at Sunderland with the home side winning it 1-0.

City’s Record At Sunderland

  Pl W D L GF GA
Premier League 5 4 0 1 10 3
First Division (Old) 50 12 10 28 72 95
Second Division (Old) 2 1 0 1 4 4
First Division (New) 1 0 0 1 1 3
Second Division (New 0 0 0 0 0 0
League Total 58  17 10 31 87 105
FA Cup 5 2 1 2 4 6
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1
Europe 0 0 0 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0 0 0 0
War 1 0 0 1 0 4
Overall Totals 65 19 11 35 91 116

Match Facts

The blues were the first competitive visitors to the Stadium of Light. They were also the first team to lose there as Sunderland won 3-1

The first game between the two took place at Hyde Road in December 1899. City won 2-1.

But City had to wait until September 1907 for their first win at Roker Park but it was worth it. The blues ran out 5-2 winners, which is still City’s biggest win at Sunderland.

Their heaviest defeat at Sunderland was also by the same scoreline in September 1929.

The lowest ever attendance for a match between the two at Sunderland was just a paltry 6,000 in April 1900.

Sunderland’s biggest attendance for a home game against the blues came during an FA Cup 5th Round replay in February 1973. 51,782 witnessed the Black Cats win 3-1, Francis Lee scoring City’s only goal.

Other Sunderland Related Stuff

It was against the Black Cats that City scored their final goal at Maine Road, scored by the late Marc-Vivien Foe.

It will be exactly 21 years since City’s last win at Roker Park. David White scored two goals in a 4-2 win, one of which coming direct from a corner. Nigel Gleghorn and Trevor Morley got the others.

The Stadium of Light got its name due to the fact that the ground was built on the old Wearmouth colliery. The ‘light’ part refers to a miner’s lamp as many Sunderland fans used to work in the mines in the area.

Sunderland nicknames have been, amongst others, the Rokerites or the Rokermen as well as the Black Cats. In 1997, a vote was cast to decide on a permanent nickname and Black Cats won it.

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