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Sunderland A.F.C.

Sunderland AFC
Football club information
Full nameSunderland Association Football Club
NicknameBlack Cats and The Lads
Founded, 1879(age 137)
(as Sunderland and District Teachers)
StadiumStadium of Light
Sunderland (capacity : 48707)
OwnerEllis Short
ChairmanEllis Short
ManagerSteve Bruce
LeaguePremier League
2010 11Premier League, 10th
All-time top scorerBobby Gurney (228)
Current season2011 12 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland Association Football Club is an English association football club based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear who currently play in the Premier League. Since its formation in 1879, the club has won six First Division titles-in 1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913, and 1936-and the FA Cup twice, in 1937 and 1973.

The Sunderland team won their first FA Cup in 1937 with a 3 1 victory over Preston North End, and remained in the top league for 68 successive seasons (spanning 80 years because of the war years' interruption) until they were relegated for the first time in 1958. Sunderland's most notable trophy after the Second World War was their second FA Cup in 1973, when the club secured a 1 0 victory over Leeds United. The team has won the second tier title five times in that period and the third tier title once.

Sunderland play their home games at the 49,000 capacity all-seater Stadium of Light having moved from Roker Park in 1997. The original ground capacity was 42,000 which was increased to 49,000 following redevelopment in 2000. Sunderland have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbouring club Newcastle United, with whom they have contested the Tyne Wear derby since 1898.

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