SAFC and the year that was 2019….

Sunderland 2019 review

SAFC And The Year That Was 2019

Anyone taking the time to read this will know exactly how 2019 panned out, they will also know what went wrong, so what’s the point of this article? As always the answer is very little point, but since March 16th of this year I’ve been writing most days about all things SAFC, so it seemed only right to have a quick look back at the year that was 2019. 

SAFCBlog has always tried to give an alternative & independent view, so rather than review the year, I thought I’d just look at the key moments…..

Failure to win promotion and our current league position dictate that 2019 was ultimately a failure? Inaugural year of SAFCBlog, but thinking back 2019 was better than the previous 2 years, (although this is obviously relative).

SAFC 2019


  • A 1-0 win at Blackpool suggested we had the bottle to win ugly
  • Maja leaving and Grigg arriving, (obviously with the value of considerable hindsight), was pivotal in our season
  • With Maja gone, we drew the next 3 games 1-1

Josh Maja Sunderland goal machine

Josh Maja – a deadly finisher

Will Grigg goal drought for Sunderland 2019

Will Grigg – rubbish


  • We just needed to kick on, but too many draws were starting to take their toll. We had 4 home games against poor teams, (Wimbledon, Blackpool, Accrington and Gillingham), just winning 2 of these stalled us.
Sunderland 2019 too many draws

Accrington were desperately poor, this draw hurt us


  • 8 points from 12, including a great draw on the coldest night ever recorded away at Barnsley, we might even catch Luton at this rate?


Sunderland win at Rochdale

Looking good……..SAFC 2019

SAFC 2019 the wheels come off against Coventry

Complete shambles…….Even the name of winning goal scorer for a Coventry felt like a piss take?


  • Job well done against Portsmouth
  • I was absolutely convinced we would beat Charlton at Wembley, even when gifted the lead after 2 minutes – we didn’t look like winning and didn’t deserve to win. What really disappointed is that after a long, long season it was so important that….. we had no regrets, we left nothing on the pitch, we didn’t let it pass us by, we did ourselves proud – sadly we didn’t do this, fair play to Charlton – Bowyer did a fantastic job and they deserved the win – but fucking hell it was painful, really painful

Gutted……..SAFC 2019

Stewart Donald at Wembley SAFC 2019

Well, that’s the job fucked then?”


  • Probably needed to add pace to the team and we didn’t


  • SD dodged the transfer window by diverting attention to the sale of the club, at least our leader won’t be doing that again come January???
  • 1-1 against a strong Oxford team isn’t the end of the world – sadly the manner of the day, the feel of the game, the feeling of same old same old …… just felt like we’d never been away?
Sunderland draw 1 - 1

“It’s like we’ve never been away?”

  • It’s easy to forget how well we started the season? August saw a return of DDWWWW


  • Things came to a natural end for the best dressed manager in football

Bolton – absolutely desperate

Lincoln the end for Jack Ross

Lincoln – significantly worse than the Bolton game


Sunderland 2019 review

We can’t score goals and we don’t even have one of these at our disposal


  • Strange month with only 4 games, (due to cup exit and Bury demise)
  • Hopefully Sunday is the lift off we need?
SAFC Blog following Sunderland AFC

SAFC 2019

Football = Brilliant

So as 2019 draws to a close what happens next year? We’ve got 7 games in January – huge month ahead. Truth is it’s impossible to say, but………..

………we won’t spend any money, we won’t change manager, there’s loads wrong at the club. BUT……on Sunday we saw every player giving everything for the team backed by a tremendous support. 

That’s good enough for me… let’s win tomorrow and then who knows where we can go? 

A new year will likely see a new owner – but nowt really changes come 3 pm on a Saturday. Happy New Year to everyone, enjoy 2020, football is great – but it is just a game – keep smiling and always try to do the right thing.

Fleetwood review online tomorrow night.


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