STADIUMS: Groves Field

Sunderland’s third home pitch – their last on the south side of the river – was the Groves Field in Ashbrooke between 1882 and 1883.

The Black Cats' spell at Groves Field was a brief one as they only played four games, and since leaving there they have never played another home match on the south side of the river Wear.

During their time at Groves Field, the Lads recorded a 2-1 win over North Eastern before thrashing Stanley Star 12-1 in the Northumberland and Durham Challenge Cup.

Groves Field, which is now a cricket and rugby ground, proved to be a good home for Sunderland as they won all of their four matches there.

Since moving over the river there have been rumours of a return to the south side, with many speculating that the Black Cats could return after announcing they would be leaving Roker Park.

The talk was that a potential site in Ryhope could be Sunderland’s new home, but eventually the Black Cats settled at the Stadium of Light.

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