Matches played at Roker Park, Sunderland

 

Date of matchType of matchName of teamName of teamScoreAttendance
18 February 1899Home ChampionshipEnglandIreland13-214,000
7 February 1906

FA Cup 2nd round

(venue switched)

Gainsborough TrinitySunderland0-310,000
23 October 1920Home ChampionshipEnglandIreland2-022,000
9 December 1925FA Cup 1st round 3rd replayBlyth SpartansHartlepools United2-11,653
28 October 1936FA Charity ShieldSunderlandArsenal2-130,000
15 November 1950Home ChampionshipEnglandWales4-259,137
15 March 1952

Home Youth Championship

(postponed from 2/2/52 due to frozen pitch)

EnglandScotland3-1-
3 March 1954International 'B' matchEnglandScotland1-121,048
30 March 1955FA Cup semi-final replayNewcastle UnitedYork City2-059,239
25 October 1956International youth matchEnglandHungary2-1-
11 November 1959International under-23 matchEnglandFrance2-026,495
13 July 1966World Cup finals group stageItalyChile2-030,000
16 July 1966World Cup finals group stageUSSRItaly1-027,800
20 July 1966World Cup finals group stageUSSRChile2-122,000
23 July 1966World Cup finals quarter-finalUSSRHungary2-126,844
5 December 1966FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayBishop AucklandBlyth Spartans

3-3

(aet)

2,831
8 December 1966FA Cup 1st round 3rd replayBishop AucklandBlyth Spartans4-11,560
4 March 1970

International under-23 match

(abandoned after 62 mins due to snow)

EnglandScotland3-112,885
19 April 1971

Olympic friendly

SunderlandGreat Britain3-2-
27 November 1972FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayScunthorpe UnitedHartlepool

2-1

(aet)

7,917
3 August 1974Texaco Cup Group DSunderlandNewcastle United

2-1

28,738
6 August 1974Texaco Cup Group DSunderlandMiddlesbrough

0-1

22,828
9 August 1975Anglo-Scottish Cup English qualifiers Group 1SunderlandCarlisle United

0-1

12,673
5 August 1978Anglo-Scottish Cup English qualifiers Group 2SunderlandBolton Wanderers

2-0

7,260
11 August 1979Anglo-Scottish Cup English qualifiers Group 2SunderlandOldham Athletic

1-2

7,964
26 March 1980International 'B' matchEnglandSpain

1-0

14,807
1 October 1985Full Members Cup Northern section Group 3

Sunderland

(win 3-2 on pens.)

Grimsby Town

2-1

(aet)

11,571
16 September 1986Full Members Cup 1st round

Sunderland

(win 8-7 on pens.)

Barnsley

1-1

(aet)

6,904
14 November 1989Zenith Data Systems Cup 1st round

Sunderland

Port Vale

1-2

7,035
24 April 1990International 'B' matchEnglandCzechoslovakia

2-0

15,080
16 October 1990UEFA international youth tournamentEnglandBelgium

0-0

-
23 April 1996International under-21 friendlyEnglandCroatia

0-1

4,376

 

Roker Park was Sunderland AFC’s sixth ground. Previously farmland, the club began developing the site in 1898, opening that September with a Grandstand, the Clock Stand opposite, and open terraces behind each goal.

 

Nearest the camera in this view is the Roker End. It was built in 1911 using reinforced concrete supports, replacing the original solid bank of terracing. Opposite is the Fulwell End, which was extended in 1925 and roofed in 1966 for the World Cup.

 

The Grandstand was rebuilt in 1929 as the Main Stand, designed by the renowned architect Archibald Leitch. Opposite is the new Clock Stand, shown here under construction in July 1936. It was opened two months later.