STADIUMS: Abbs Field

Abbs Field is the furthest north of Sunderland’s homes and it was also the first where an entrance charge could be made to spectators.

The foundation of the Football League was only four years away and just two years after that Sunderland would become the first club to join the founder members

Sunderland beat Birtley 2-1 in their first game at Abbs Field on 27th September 1884, but despite a good record at the ground the Black Cats moved again after the rent for the ground rose 500% at the start of their second season.

Abbs Field is where Sunderland changed from their original colours of blue to red and white, and a club-record 23-0 win over Castletown came soon after the change of strip.

As with The Cedars, The Dolly Field and Roker Park, Abbs Field now has houses built on it.

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