• 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, […]

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    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 to another defeat.

    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 […]

  • Sunderland manager David Moyes. Nigel French/PA Wire.

    Four key talking points as David Moyes faces the media ahead of Everton trip

    February 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Sunderland return to Premier League action against Everton this weekend, and David Moyes has had his say ahead of the game at his weekly press conference. SportsByte rounds up the key talking points after the Sunderland boss faced the media. More Injury Concerns Moyes confirmed that ex-Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is set […]

  • Sunderland Scholars back to winning ways with thumping of Crystal Palace

    Sunderland Scholars back to winning ways with thumping of Crystal Palace

    February 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

    By Sam Johnson, Alex Baxter and Adam Smith. Sunderland FoL scholars are back to winning ways after beating Crystal Palace B 7-1, having previously lost their last two games. After back-to-back defeats Sunderland returned to form in convincing fashion, firing seven past Crystal Palace Foundation B. Craig Ellison opened the […]

  • Dickman took charge of the Under 23s after the departure of Andy Welsh.

    Sunderland U23s Thomas Robson joins Limerick in loan deal

    February 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Sunderland U23 captain Thomas Robson has left the club on loan, joining Irish side Limerick until the end of the season. The left-back played his last game of the season for the Black Cats’ U23 side last Wednesday evening, when they reached the semi-finals of the Premier League International Cup […]