Category Archives: Sunderland AFC

Through The Lens – Sunderland AFC 1898

Through The Lens - 1898

Through The Lens today takes a look at a rare glimpse of how Sunderland AFC were reported in the media in the 19th century.

A click on the image above will take you to a blow up of the first page of an article that appeared in The Golden Penny, a periodical of the time. It often featured football clubs and this one featured The Lads.

It gives a brief history of the club together with some cracking and rare images of both the team and individual players.


Check back in a couple of days and I’ll feature page 2 of the article.

Through The Lens – Sunderland v Red Star Belgrade 1951

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To celebrate recovery from the Second World War the Festival of Britain took place in May 1951, with a number of uplifting events. Included was a series of football matches. Sunderland AFC’s contribution to the festivities was a friendly against crack Yugoslav side Red Star Belgrade at Roker Park, a game that the hosts would win 1-0 with a goal from Ivor Broadis after 34 minutes. Here we see the Red Star President Mita Miljkovi_ signing an agreement of friendship with the Lord Mayor (Sir) Jack Cohen in attendance as well as Sunderland manager Bill Murray and the club chairman Stanley Ritson. The Red Star representatives include the manager, Ljubiša Broćić.