Sunderland it was founded as “Sunderland and District Teachers AFC” by James Allan, a school principal, in October 1879. Sunderland’s history changed the following year. The name became just Sunderland AFC (name that remains today) and the club opened to members who were not just teachers.
For a long time, the club’s nickname was The Rokerites, in reference to the old Roker Park stadium. However, when Sunderland moved to the Stadium of Light in 1997, the nickname lost its meaning, so, due to a public vote among the fans, a new nickname resulted: Black Cats. Portuguese). This nickname was given on account of a black cat who used the Sunderland stadium as his home and was fed and cared for by players in the early 20th century, and later on he even became part of the club’s shield.
Sunderland, throughout its history, has six English championships (1891/1892, 1892/93, 1894/95, 1901/02, 1912/13, 1935/36) in addition to two England cups (1937, 1973), one Supercup of England or Community Shield (1936) and “secondary” titles like five titles of the second division of the English championship and one title of the third division of the English championships.
However, it could be seen that the last major title won by the club almost 50 years ago, because the club has lived for a long time with poor management, lack of money and misdirection of money.
The club, whose shirt was worn by players such as Andy Cole, Kevin Phillips, Jermain Defoe, as well as the iconic coach Sam Allardyce, began to struggle to remain in the elite of English football and began to alternate between the first and the second division of national championships. Until, in the 2016/2017 championship, the team’s fall was vexatious: the last position in the table with only 24 points won during the entire competition and relegated with five rounds in advance.
And this is where the whole trajectory of the first season of series, who reports through eight episodes – with reports from managers, athletes, fans and backstage – everything that was happening at the club in that disastrous season, which had a horrible ending and ended up taking the team to the third division of the English league.
The series has two seasons (the second recently launched in Netflix). It is a great series that shows that football is much more than what we see on the field, and portrays all the difficulty of hiring players and renewing contracts.
But, above all, it is a very well produced series and is a great tip for this quarantine, due to the suspension of football around the world, so that people can still live a little of this universe today.
Synopsis and official trailer
The documentary series follows Sunderland’s struggle to return to the elite division of English football after relegation in the 2016-2017 season.
Duration: 39 minutes / episode (2 seasons)
Launch: December 14, 2018
Directed by: Jan-David Soutar
Classification: 16 years
Genre: Documentary, Sport
Country of origin: United Kingdom