• Jan Kirchoff (centre) and Lynden Gooch (second right) continued their recovery from injury on Monday night.

    Player ratings: How did Sunderland U23s fare against Manchester United?

    March 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Sunderland under-23s fell to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Monday night with first-team players such as Jan Kirchhoff, Lynden Gooch, Rees Greenwood and George Honeyman all getting minutes under their belts. The result sees Manchester United climb to seventh in the league, but how did the young Black […]

  • Sunderland's Jermain Defoe appears dejected after the final whistle.

    Five things we learned: Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City

    March 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

    In what was perhaps an expected defeat on Sunday, Sunderland remained rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after losing out to big-spending Manchester City. While at times there were glimpses of promise, it looked for large parts as if there was a lack of belief and desire from the Black Cats. […]

  • Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff made a return from injury.

    Red Devils outclass underperforming Black Cats as Kirchhoff returns for U23s

    March 7, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Sunderland Under 23s slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester United U23s at Eppleton CW on Monday night, as Jan Kirchhoff completed 64 minutes on his return from injury. The Red Devils took the lead through Dimitri Mitchell’s 28th minute penalty before Scott McTominay doubled their advantage just four minutes […]

  • Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (centre) levelled the scores the last time the two sides met.

    Moyes’ men prepare to welcome free-scoring City

    March 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Sunderland face yet another tough assignment in their battle for Premier League survival as they prepare to welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the North East. Fresh off the back of an emphatic win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup, City will be keen to put their inconsistent form of late behind […]

  • Jones took charge of the Foundation's scholars after leaving a similar role with Plymouth.

    Scholars head coach Martin Jones praises “fantastic” first six months

    March 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Sunderland Foundation of Light Scholars head coach Martin Jones has spoken of his delight after a “fantastic” first six months in charge. The Foundation of Light introduced the Sunderland Scholars at Monkwearmouth Academy in September 2016, where it aims to give aspiring footballers a chance to play football on a regular […]

  • Bradley Lowery was a mascot for Sunderland's match with Chelsea on Wednesday.

    Bradley Lowery’s family “not ready to give up” cancer fight

    March 3, 2017 at 9:37 am

    The family of Bradley Lowery, whose battle with terminal cancer has touched the world of football, said he is doing well and they are “not ready to give up”. Lowery, five, from Blackhall, County Durham, has been undergoing treatment to prolong his life after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Last month, […]

  • Scholars v Barnet

    Sunderland FoL Scholars through to NFYL Trophy final

    March 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    By Sam Johnson, Adam Smith and Alex Baxter Sunderland Foundation of Light Scholars have made it through to the NFYL Trophy final after a convincing 4-0 win over Barnet FC Scholars on Wednesday. The win gives Sunderland the exciting opportunity to play the final in a football league ground, against […]

  • Sunderland's Jermain Defoe reacts with dejection after team mate's Jason Denayer scores an own goal during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

    Revealed! Does history suggest Sunderland will beat the drop?

    February 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

    As Sunderland prepare for the business end of the Premier League season, SportsByte trawls through the stats to see whether history suggests the Black Cats will stay in the Premier League. With the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and both Manchester sides still to be played before the end of the season, it’s a tough […]

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    Sunderland FoL Scholars vs Barnet FC Scholars – NFYL Trophy semi-final preview

    February 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

    By Sam Johnson, Adam Smith and Alex Baxter On Wednesday, Sunderland AFC Foundation of Light Scholars face Barnet FC Scholars in the NFYL trophy semi-final. Advancing to the final would give the Scholars an exciting opportunity to play at a football league stadium. Sunderland will be full of confidence going […]

  • Sunderland's Bryan Oviedo (left) and Everton's Seamus Coleman battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool.

    Five Things We Learned: Everton 2-0 Sunderland

    February 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Another Saturday, another defeat for Sunderland. It’s becoming an all too familiar story. While a trip to Goodison Park was unlikely ever to be placed in the ‘winnable’ column, the Black Cats’ dire situation means that they can’t afford to drop points – regardless of the opposition. An improved performance […]