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Post  oldblackcat on 2016-11-02, 2:18 pm

With this season starting to look like a nightmare all you read or hear is doom and gloom.Hard to believe but there has been darker days for our club.The 19 point season? 15 point season?,the 1986/87 season?Definitely.

Lawrie MacMenemy had taken over in the 1985/86 season and Wearside fans had greeted him as the new "Messiah" and in return he promised to take us out of the 2nd Division.We didn't know at the time but it would be down and not up.
The season never really got going at all even though we started brightly enough with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton.The next game should have told us what was in store however,a 6-1 thrashing at Blackburn.
We then had a mini revival and actually reached 5th place.Victories over Hull,Stoke,Plymouth and Birmingham giving us hope that promotion might just be on the cards.From then on in it was appalling.November and December brought 1 win in 10 games and we started slipping into the depths.4 wins in the next 7 games saw the Sunderland rollercoaster in full swing,but by the 17th March it all started to go wrong again and this time there would be no revival.
We travelled to Stoke and lost 3-0,the first defeat in a run of 5 of 6 games.By the 11th April a 2-1 home defeat by Sheff utd was only watched by a hardcore 8,554 fans.The club was in deep trouble and MacMenemy left. Lawries record was poor,in 77 games we only won 23 times and accumulated 88 points from a possible 231.
Bob Stokoe returned.We thought he had 7 games to save us,little did we know it would turn into 9.The next 4 games saw a 3-2 defeat at Bradford followed by a draw at home to Leeds,a narrow 1-0 victory at Shrewsbury and then another 3-2 defeat off Bradford,this time at home.
On the 2nd May we had a narrow 1-0 win at home against Crystal Palace and followed up with a 1-1 draw at Millwall which left us needing at home win on the last day of the season against Barnsley.We needed to win,could we,would we do it? We took the lead,scored again,missed a penalty....and lost 3-2.
It was confirmed Sunderland would face Gillingham in the play-offs.The first leg was at Priestfield stadium and in front of 13,804 fans,Mark Proctor scored twice.It wasn't enough,a Tony Cascarino hat-trick saw us lose 3-2.
The 2nd leg at Roker saw 25,470 turn up.Within the first 5 minutes Gillingham went 1-0 up however Eric Gates scored twice and things were on the up.After half an hour Sunderland had a penalty....and missed.Then Gillingham had a penalty and Hesford saved it,only for the rebound to be put in, 2-2! Just 2 minutes were remaining and with the score still 2-2 Sunderland were staring relegation in the face when a looping Gary Bennett header found the net to make it 3-2 to us.The crowd went crazy and we thought we would go on to win.We wouldn't.In extra time Cascarino scored to put Gillingham back level and although Keith Berchin scored to put us back in the lead we needed to score a 5th.We didn't get it.It ended 6-6 on aggregate and Gillingham went through to the play-off finals on away goals.
The once great Sunderland who, until 1958 were the only club never to have played outside the top flight,had now embarrassingly dropped into the 3rd Division.Dark days indeed!!

Not had much time lately but hopefully there's more to come Very Happy
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Post  Hieronymus on 2016-11-02, 2:31 pm

Aye. those were indeed the darkest days, but the hope I have is that after that dark time we had almost a golden age. Where we scored goals for fun, and won points every game. 

Maybe Moyes will somehow uncover/sign the new Gabbiadini in January, someone for the fans to enthuse over; who wins us games and once again rescues us from oblivion. But I fear not this time, and not this manager  Crying or Very sad
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