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Last Sunderland XI to win the Championship: Where are they now?

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Last Sunderland XI to win the Championship: Where are they now?

Post  Silvers on 2017-05-08, 4:25 pm

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After a decade of top flight football, Sunderland have finally been relegated from the Premier League and will spend next season in the Championship. The Black Cats will most likely finish the season dead last, but one positive for the Mackems can be found if you look into their past. The last time the club finished 20th in the Premier League, the won the Championship the following season. Here is the starting XI that sealed the title on the final day for Sunderland back in 2006-07

Marton Fulop
In goal for Sunderland that day, as they thrashed an already relegated Luton Town side 5-0, was Marton Fulop. The Hungarian made 45 league appearances in four years at the Stadium of Light, one of which was on-loan. After that, he went on to play for Ipswich Town, West Brom and Asteras Tripoli, before putting his career on hold when he had a malignant tumour removed from his arm. Fulop tragically lost his life in 2015 at the age of just 32.
Stephen Wright
Former Liverpool youngster Stephen Wright joined Sunderland in 2002, and went on to spend six years with the club, mostly serving as a back-up utility player. Capped by England at three different youth levels, following spells with the likes of Coventry City and Brentford, the 37-year-old defender is now playing in the semi-professional Welsh Premier League for Aberystwyth Town.
Danny Collins
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Danny Collins during his time at Rotherham United

A stalwart for Sunderland during their title winning campaign and two further seasons in the Premier League before heading to Stoke City, Danny Collins was a mainstay in the Black Cats defence whilst others came and went. A former Wales international, Collins has since played for Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United, before joining his current club Grimsby Town.
Jonny Evans
From Grimsby Town to the Premier League, Jonny Evans spent the 2006-07 season on-loan at Sunderland from Manchester United. The Northern Ireland international made almost 200 appearances for United before being snapped up by West Bromwich Albion, where he has been mightily impressive ever since.
Nyron Nosworthy
A very popular player among the Mackem faithful at one time, Nyron Nosworthy was a regular fixture for the Black Cats in their relegation season and subsequent promotion, before eventually being frozen out and heading to Watford. Now aged 36, the Jamaican defender retired in 2016 following a spell with Dagenham & Redbridge.
Grant Leadbitter
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A Sunderland boy, Grant Leadbitter came through the ranks with his boyhood club and went on to 123 games for the club, even drawing comparisons to Paul Scholes at one time. He left the club in 2009 to join Ipswich Town, before returning to the North East with Middlesbrough in 2012. Aged 31, Leadbitter is still at Boro and will likely get more game time in the Championship next season than he did this term in the Premier League.
Carlos Edwards
Another player who left Sunderland for Ipswich Town following Roy Keane's move to the Tractor Boys, Carlos Edwards is a Trinidadian international, who has won 90 caps for his country and played 50 league games for Sunderland. After five years at Ipswich, Edwards moved on to League One play-off finalists Millwall, but left the club in 2016 and is currently a free agent.
Dean Whitehead
Oxfordshire-born midfielder Dean Whitehead started his career with Oxford United, before joining Sunderland in 2004. Whitehead played exactly 200 games for the Black Cats before heading to Stoke City. Currently at Huddersfield Town, the 35-year-old has been a bit-part player during a very impressive campaign under David Wagner.
Daryl Murphy 
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Daryl Murphy scores for Newcastle United

Irish international Daryl Murphy has committed the cardinal sin of swapping Sunderland for Newcastle United, albeit not in an immediate switch. The 34-year-old former Championship Golden Boot winner spent five years at the Stadium of Light, later turning out for Sheffield Wednesday, Celtic and Ipswich, before being signed by Rafa Benitez at Newcastle in 2016.
Anthony Stokes
Another man who turned out for Celtic after leaving the Stadium of Light, Anthony Stokes spent just a couple of seasons at Sunderland, making fewer than 40 league appearances. Following seven years in the Scottish Premiership, Stokes joined Blackburn Rovers in 2016, who were relegated to League One at the weekend. 
Dwight Yorke
The second Trinidad and Tobago international to turn out for Sunderland on the final day of the 2006-07 season, Dwight Yorke is best remembered for his four years at Manchester United and prior success with Aston Villa. Now aged 45, Sunderland were the forwards last club, joining them after a brief spell in Sydney. Yorke has since been employed as assistant manager by the Trinidad and Tobago national team but left that post in 2010. 

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