Away days: Times we took over opposition stadiums

Sunderland are known for having one of the largest and most passionate fanbases in the country and they will have the opportunity to build on that reputation at MK Dons this weekend.

We have been given an allocation of 3,000 tickets, and fans can still get their hands on them at this link:

Ahead of the game, we have looked at five occasions in recent memory where Sunderland have taken over an opposition stadium with their ferocious support.

Blackpool, 1 January 2019

New years day last year saw Sunderland turn Blackpool red and white, as we started the new year with a bang.

Around 8,000 fans travelled down to Bloomfield Road, with the Black Cats outnumbering the home side by several thousand.

Those fans were rewarded with a 1-0 victory thanks to Josh Maja’s first half strike. 

Wimbledon, 11 May 1997

The final day of the 1996-97 season saw Sunderland in need of a result away at Selhurst Park if they were to avoid the drop.

Over 10,000 Sunderland fans packed out the ground in the hopes of cheering the team onto victory and survival.

Coventry needed a victory at White Hart Lane and they duly delivered with a 3-2 win while the Lads fell to a late defeat which relegated them.

Our haul of 40 points would have been enough in most Premier League seasons, but unfortunately, it was not to be on this occasion and the thousands of fans who had travelled were sent home sad and empty-handed. 

Barnsley, 10 March 2007

Back in early 2007, Sunderland were flying in the Championship and would eventually earn a promotion under the guidance of Roy Keane.

The Lads were targeting their ninth win in 11 Championship games, as they soared up the table and into promotion contention. 

Over 8,000 fans descended onto Oakwell and they never stopped making a noise from first to last minute.

Current Black Cat Grant Leadbitter fired the Lads ahead with a strike from range and David Connolly finished the game off in the last minute to send the travelling fans happy with a 2-0 victory.

Wigan, 5 April 2005

Sunderland and Wigan were both vying for promotion back in 2005 and they met at the JJB Stadium for a crucial game in April.

7,500 Lads fans travelled on a Tuesday night down to Wigan to see Mick McCarthy’s men take part in their biggest game of the season.

An early Marcus Stewart goal ended up settling the game, and Sunderland would go on to win the title and return to the Premier League come the end of the season. 

Everton, 17 March 2012

Martin O’Neill took the Sunderland job in 2011 and immediately improved the club’s fortunes, firing them up the table and away from danger.

That made the FA Cup an important competition for the Lads as it represented a real chance of winning some long overdue silverware. 

We drew Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final away at Goodison Park and that gave the fans a perfect opportunity to roar the team on.

Over 6,000 fans made the trip to Merseyside, and they were rewarded with a stunning Phil Bardsley opener in the first half.

A Tim Cahill goal (who else?) levelled it up and we had to do it all again at the Stadium of Light where Everton took the spoils with a 2-0 victory. 

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