Alan75 Posted September 28, 2007 Share Posted September 28, 2007 Sunderland Preview by Tris. Sunderland, like Rovers, are an institution in English football. Whilst they can’t claim to have been one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888, as the dominant team in the North East they didn’t hang around and were allowed to join the likes of Rovers, Accrington, Preston, Bolton and Burnley in 1890. They replaced Stoke in the league, but at a cost – Sunderland only got voted in after agreeing to pay the expenses of visiting teams who would now have to trek half way to Norway, rather than popping down to Junction 15 on the M6. Burnley made history as the first visitors, and thinking it was the best holiday ever they returned to Lancashire with a 3-2 victory Like Rovers fans, Sunderland fans can point to an illustrious past, and the two clubs shared unprecedented success 100 years too early – had Sky TV been around in the 1890s rather than the 1990s both clubs might now be gracing the European stage every week … which would be soooooo much better than watching the gatecrashers from London and Manchester. Continued - Click Here Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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