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English football club based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, North East England. He currently plays in EFL League One.
Professor James Allan founded the club in October 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers AFC. However, evidence suggests that he formally registered the club just under a year later, on 25 September 1880. This time it was renamed the Sunderland AFC and became open to more people than teachers in October 1880. .
The Black Cats joined the Football League, (then first division), in the 1890-1891 season and a year later the team was crowned champion. This achievement led The Times (British tabloid) to describe them as "a wonderfully good team".
Sunderland successfully defended the title the following season, with the help of the club's then centre-forward, Scotsman John Campbell. The forward broke the 30-goal mark for the second time in consecutive seasons. Along the way, they became the first team to score 100 goals in a season, a feat not equaled until 1919–20, when West Bromwich Albion set a new record.
The club still came close to winning a third consecutive league championship in the 1893–94 season, finishing second behind Aston Villa. However, they regained the title in the 1894–95 season, finishing the season ahead of Everton. Campbell went on to become the league's top scorer for the third time and the team's main standout in its first three wins.
New House, New Titles and Scandal
In 1898, the club moved to what would become its home for nearly a century (99 years to be specific), Roker Park. Initially, the land had a capacity of 30,000. However, over the following decades it was continually expanded and at its peak would have an official crowd of over 75,000 in the sixth round of the FA Cup against Derby County on 8 March 1933.
After a second place in the national championship in 1900–01, the club won its fourth league title in the 1901–02 season.
In 1904, Sunderland's management became embroiled in a payment scandal involving gambler Andrew McCombie. The club reportedly gave the player £1000 (£10,900) to help him start his own business, on the understanding that he would refund the money. return the money, claiming it was a gift.
The Football Association concluded, during the investigation, that McCombie received the money in return for a “re-sign/win/draw bonus”, which violated Association rules. Sunderland received a £2500 (£27,100) penalty and six directors, suspended for two and a half years, for failing to show a true record of the club's financial dealings. Mackie too was suspended for three months for his involvement in the case