Sunderland v Charlton Athletic: League One opener – live!

Sunderland’s fall has been vertiginous. They were playing Premier League football less than 15 months ago; now the six-time champions of England are about to begin only their second-ever season in the third tier.

But this need not become a disheartening experience. Because their 1987-88 season was F.U.N.! Sunderland bounced back at the first attempt under Denis Smith, topping the old Third Division in a high-scoring frenzy, Marco Gabbiadini and Eric Gates sharing 40 goals between them, defender John MacPhail chipping in with a penalty-assisted 16.

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via Football | The Guardian

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