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2008–09 Sunderland A.F.C. season

The 2008–09 season was the 112th season in Sunderland A.F.C.'s history and 104th in the league system of English football.

Sunderland A.F.C.
2008–09 season
ChairmanNiall Quinn
ManagerRoy Keane
(until 4 December)[1]
Ricky Sbragia
(from 4 December)
StadiumStadium of Light
Premier League16th
FA CupFourth round
League CupFourth round

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In preparation for their Premier League campaign, Sunderland spent around £40,000,000 in the 2007–08 season. Signings included the club's record signing of Craig Gordon for £9,000,000,[2] Michael Chopra for £5,000,000,[3] and Kieran Richardson for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £5,500,000.[4] Roy Keane began his manegerial tenure in the Premier League with a win over Tottenham Hotspur through a last minute goal from Michael Chopra.[5] In an attempt to bolster their goalscoring chances, Sunderland signed Kenwyne Jones from Southampton for £6,000,000.[6] The club came close to their first Tyne-Wear derby victory at home in 17 years when they drew with Newcastle United. They had taken the lead before half time, but Shola Ameobi equalised an hour into the game. Michael Chopra missed the opportunity to win the game by heading the ball onto the crossbar.[7]

A tribute was paid to 1973 FA Cup Final goalscorer Ian Porterfield in a game against Reading. Sunderland marked the occasion by winning 2–1.[8] A win over Aston Villa sparked a three-game winning streak,[9] when Sunderland overcame West Ham United and Fulham to extend their lead over the relegation area.[10][11] They sealed their Premier League safety in a 3–2 win over local rivals Middlesbrough through a 90th-minute goal from Daryl Murphy.[12] They finished the season in fifteenth place, on 39 points.[13]

Match resultsEdit

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Pre-seasonEdit

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 20 July 2008 Sporting CP Away 3–1 O'Donovan, Nosworthy, Stokes [14]
2 22 July 2008 Vitória de Setúbal Away 1–1 Richardson [15]
3 28 July 2008 Cobh Ramblers Away 4–0 Murphy, Stokes (2), O'Donovan [16]
4 30 July 2008 Nottingham Forest Away 1–0 12,573 Richardson [17]
5 3 August 2008 Ajax Home 0–1 19,768 [18]
6 7 August 2008 Athlone Town Away 6–0 Richardson, Chopra (2), Leadbitter, Diouf, Murphy [19]
7 9 August 2008 Shamrock Rovers Away Postponed [20]

Premier LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
14 Portsmouth 38 10 11 17 38 57 −19 41
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 10 11 17 40 60 −20 41
16 Sunderland 38 9 9 20 34 54 −20 36
17 Hull City 38 8 11 19 39 64 −25 35
18 Newcastle United (R) 38 7 13 18 40 59 −19 34 Relegation to the Football League Championship
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 9 9 20 34 54  −20 36 6 3 10 21 25  −4 3 6 10 13 29  −16

Last updated: 4 December 2018.
Source: 11v11

Results per matchdayEdit

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAAHHAAHHAHAAH
ResultLWLDWLDDWLLLWLLLWWDLDLWDWDLDLLLLWLLDLL
Position18121816611141291014171116181817121415131411131110121314141717151516161616
Source: Statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 16 August 2008 Liverpool Home 0–1 43,259 [21]
2 23 August 2008 Tottenham Hotspur Away 2–1 36,064 Richardson, Cissé [22]
3 31 August 2008 Manchester City Home 0–3 39,622 [23]
4 13 September 2008 Wigan Athletic Away 1–1 18,015 Bramble (O.G.) [24]
5 20 September 2008 Middlesbrough Home 2–0 38,388 Chopra (2) [25]
6 27 September 2008 Aston Villa Away 1–2 38,706 Cissé [26]
7 4 October 2008 Arsenal Home 1–1 40,199 Leadbitter [27]
8 18 October 2008 Fulham Away 0–0 25,116 [28]
9 25 October 2008 Newcastle United Home 2–1 47,936 Cissé, Richardson [29]
10 29 October 2008 Stoke City Away 0–1 26,731 [30]
11 1 November 2008 Chelsea Away 0–5 41,693 [31]
12 8 November 2008 Portsmouth Home 1–2 37,712 Cissé [32]
13 15 November 2008 Blackburn Rovers Away 2–1 21,798 Jones, Cissé [33]
14 23 November 2008 West Ham United Home 0–1 35,222 [34]
15 29 November 2008 Bolton Wanderers Home 1–4 35,457 Cissé [35]
16 6 December 2008 Manchester United Away 0–1 75,400 [36]
17 13 December 2008 West Bromwich Albion Home 4–0 36,280 Jones (2), Andy Reid, Cissé [37]
18 20 December 2008 Hull City Away 4–1 24,917 Malbranque, Zayatte (O.G.), Jones, Cissé [38]
19 26 December 2008 Blackburn Rovers Home 0–0 44,680 [39]
20 28 December 2008 Everton Away 0–3 39,146 [40]
21 10 January 2009 Middlesbrough Away 1–1 29,310 Jones [41]
22 17 January 2009 Aston Villa Home 1–2 40,350 Collins [42]
23 27 January 2009 Fulham Home 1–0 36,539 Jones [43]
24 1 February 2009 Newcastle Away 1–1 52,084 Cissé [44]
25 7 February 2009 Stoke City Home 2–0 38,350 Jones, Healy [45]
26 21 February 2009 Arsenal Away 0–0 60,104 [46]
27 3 March 2009 Liverpool Away 0–2 41,587 [47]
28 8 March 2009 Tottenham Hotspur Home 1–1 37,894 Richardson [48]
29 14 March 2009 Wigan Athletic Home 1–2 39,266 Leadbitter [49]
30 22 March 2009 Manchester City Away 0–1 43,017 [50]
31 4 April 2009 West Ham United Away 0–2 34,761 [51]
32 11 April 2009 Manchester United Home 1–2 45,408 Jones [52]
33 18 April 2009 Hull City Home 1–0 42,855 Cissé [53]
34 25 April 2009 West Bromwich Albion Away 0–3 26,256 [54]
35 3 May 2009 Everton Home 0–2 41,313 [55]
36 9 May 2009 Bolton Wanderers Away 0–0 24,005 [56]
37 18 May 2009 Portsmouth Away 1–3 20,398 Jones [57]
38 24 May 2009 Chelsea Home 2–3 42,468 Richardson, Jones [58]

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
3 3 January 2009 Bolton Wanderers Home 2–1 20,685 Jones, Cissé [59]
4 24 January 2009 Blackburn Rovers Home 0–0 22,634 [60]
4 4 February 2009 Blackburn Rovers Away 1–2
(replay)
10,112 Healy [61]

League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
2 27 August 2008 Nottingham Forest Away 2–1 (aet) 9,198 Bardsley, Healy [62]
3 23 September 2008 Northampton Town Home 2–2
4–3 (pen)
21,082 Stokes (2) [63]
4 12 November 2008 Blackburn Rovers Home 1–2 18,555 Jones [64]

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

Squad at end of season.[65]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Craig Gordon
2   DF Phil Bardsley[notes 1]
3   DF George McCartney
4   MF Teemu Tainio
5   DF Nyron Nosworthy[notes 2]
6   MF Dean Whitehead (captain)
7   MF Carlos Edwards
8   MF Steed Malbranque[notes 3]
9   FW Djibril Cissé (on loan from Marseille)
10   MF Kieran Richardson
12   DF Tal Ben Haim (on loan from Manchester City)
13   GK Darren Ward[notes 4]
14   FW Daryl Murphy
15   DF Danny Collins[notes 5]
17   FW Kenwyne Jones
18   MF Grant Leadbitter
19   MF Dwight Yorke
20   MF Andy Reid
21   DF Calum Davenport (on loan from West Ham United)
23   FW David Healy
No. Position Player
24   GK Trevor Carson
25   DF Jean-Yves Mvoto
26   DF Anton Ferdinand
29   DF Peter Hartley
30   DF Paul McShane
31   FW David Connolly[notes 6]
32   GK Márton Fülöp
34   MF Jack Colback
35   DF Michael Kay
36   MF Nathan Luscombe
37   MF Robbie Weir
38   MF Jamie Chandler
39   FW Martyn Waghorn
40   FW David Dowson
41   MF David Meyler
43   MF Conor Hourihane
44   FW Anthony Stokes
45   MF Jordan Cook
46   GK Nick Colgan

Left club during seasonEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11   FW El Hadji Diouf (to Blackburn Rovers)
12   MF Liam Miller (to Queens Park Rangers)
16   FW Michael Chopra (on loan to Cardiff City)
21   DF Pascal Chimbonda (to Tottenham Hotspur)
22   DF Danny Higginbotham (to Stoke City)
26   MF Dickson Etuhu (to Fulham)
27   DF Russell Anderson (on loan to Burnley)
28   MF Graham Kavanagh (to Carlisle United)
No. Position Player
33   DF Michael Liddle[notes 7] (on loan to Carlisle United)
42   MF Jordan Henderson (on loan to Coventry City)
45   FW Rade Prica (to Rosenborg)
  MF Ross Wallace (to Preston North End)
  MF Arnau Riera (on loan to Falkirk)
  DF Greg Halford (on loan to Sheffield United)
  FW Roy O'Donovan (on loan to Blackpool)

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Craig Gordon 14 0 12 0 1 0 1 0
32 GK   Márton Fülöp 30 0 26 0 2 0 2 0
Defenders
2 DF   Phil Bardsley 33 1 27+1 0 1+1 0 3 1
3 DF   George McCartney 18 0 16 0 1+1 0 0 0
5 DF   Nyron Nosworthy 20 0 16 0 1 0 3 0
7 DF   Carlos Edwards 26 0 6+16 0 3 0 1 0
12 DF   Tal Ben Haim 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF   Danny Collins 41 1 35 1 3 0 3 0
21 DF   Calum Davenport 8 0 7+1 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF   Anton Ferdinand 36 0 31 0 3 0 2 0
30 DF   Paul McShane 3 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF   Michael Kay 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
4 MF   Teemu Tainio 22 0 18+3 0 0+1 0 0 0
6 MF   Dean Whitehead 38 0 30+4 0 1 0 3 0
8 MF   Steed Malbranque 40 1 34+2 1 2 0 2 0
10 MF   Kieran Richardson 35 4 31+1 4 1 0 1+1 0
18 MF   Grant Leadbitter 28 2 12+11 2 2 0 1+2 0
20 MF   Andy Reid 38 1 20+12 1 2+1 0 2+1 0
36 MF   Nathan Luscombe 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
42 MF   Jordan Henderson 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 1 0
Forwards
9 FW   Djibril Cissé 38 11 29+6 10 1 1 2 0
14 FW   Daryl Murphy 27 0 6+17 0 1 0 2+1 0
17 FW   Kenwyne Jones 32 12 25+4 10 1+1 1 1 1
19 FW   Dwight Yorke 8 0 4+3 0 0+1 0 0 0
23 FW   David Healy 14 3 0+10 1 2 1 1+1 1
39 FW   Martyn Waghorn 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
44 FW   Anthony Stokes 3 2 0+2 0 0 0 0+1 2
Players transferred out during the season
11 FW   El Hadji Diouf 16 0 11+3 0 1 0 1 0
12 MF   Liam Miller 4 0 1+2 0 0 0 0+1 0
16 FW   Michael Chopra 8 2 1+5 2 1 0 0+1 0
21 DF   Pascal Chimbonda 16 0 13 0 2 0 1 0
22 DF   Danny Higginbotham 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 31 May 2009
Source: Competitions

Goal scorersEdit

Nation Number Name Premier League League Cup FA Cup Total
  17 Kenwyne Jones 10 1 1 12
  9 Djibril Cissé 10 0 1 11
  10 Kieran Richardson 4 0 0 4
  23 David Healy 1 1 1 3
  18 Grant Leadbitter 2 0 0 2
  16 Michael Chopra 2 0 0 2
  44 Anthony Stokes 0 2 0 2
/ / Own goals 2 0 0 2
  8 Steed Malbranque 1 0 0 1
  15 Danny Collins 1 0 0 1
  20 Andy Reid 1 0 0 1
  2 Phil Bardsley 0 1 0 1
/ / TOTALS 34 5 3 42

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Date Pos Name From Fee Notes
4 June 2008 DF Michael Kay Youth system [66]
4 June 2008 MF Jordan Henderson Youth system [66]
4 June 2008 MF Nathan Luscombe Youth system [66]
4 June 2008 FW Jordan Cook Youth system [66]
4 June 2008 DF Michael Liddle Youth system [66]
4 June 2008 MF Jack Colback Youth system [66]
4 June 2008 DF Niall McArdle Youth system [66]
23 July 2008 MF Teemu Tainio Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed fee [67]
24 July 2008 GK Nick Colgan Ipswich Town Free [68]
25 July 2008 MF David Meyler Cork City Undisclosed fee [69]
26 July 2008 DF Pascal Chimbonda Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed fee [70]
28 July 2008 FW El Hadji Diouf Bolton Wanderers Undisclosed fee [71]
30 July 2008 MF Steed Malbranque Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed fee [72]
21 August 2008 FW David Healy Fulham Undisclosed fee [73]
27 August 2008 DF Anton Ferdinand West Ham United Undisclosed fee [74]
1 September 2008 DF George McCartney West Ham United Undisclosed fee [75]

OutEdit

Date Pos Name To Fee Notes
8 May 2008 DF Stephen Wright Coventry City Released [76]
8 May 2008 DF Ian Harte Released [76]
8 May 2008 DF Stanislav Varga Released [76]
8 May 2008 FW Andrew Cole Nottingham Forest Free [76]
8 May 2008 DF Gavin Donogue Released [76]
8 May 2008 MF Billy Dennehy Released [76]
8 May 2008 MF Jake Richardson Released [76]
8 May 2008 DF Jack Pelter Released [76]
29 August 2008 MF Dickson Etuhu Fulham Undisclosed fee [77]
1 September 2008 DF Danny Higginbotham Stoke City Undisclosed fee [78]
9 January 2009 MF Graham Kavanagh Carlisle United Mutual consent [79]
12 January 2009 MF Ross Wallace Preston North End Undisclosed fee [80]
15 January 2009 MF Liam Miller Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed fee [81]
26 January 2009 DF Pascal Chimbonda Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed fee [82]
30 January 2009 FW El Hadji Diouf Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed fee [83]

Loans inEdit

Date Pos Name From Length Notes
21 August 2008 FW Djibril Cissé Marseille End of season [84]
1 February 2009 DF Tal Ben Haim Manchester City End of season [85]
2 February 2009 DF Calum Davenport West Ham United End of season [86]

Loans outEdit

Date Pos Name To Length Notes
2 July 2008 DF Greg Halford Sheffield United End of season [87]
22 July 2008 MF Arnau Riera Falkirk End of season [88]
31 July 2008 MF Ross Wallace Preston North End End of season [89]
8 August 2008 FW Roy O'Donovan Dundee United End of season [90]
14 August 2008 GK Trevor Carson Chesterfield 19 December 2008 [91][92]
27 August 2008 DF Russell Anderson Burnley End of season [93]
30 August 2008 DF Paul McShane Hull City 15 January 2009 [94][95]
2 October 2008 MF Carlos Edwards Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 November 2008 [96][97]
10 October 2008 MF Graham Kavanagh Carlisle United 3 January 2009 [98][99]
17 October 2008 FW Anthony Stokes Sheffield United 1 January 2009 [100]
6 November 2008 FW Michael Chopra Cardiff City 1 January 2009 [101]
14 November 2008 DF Michael Liddle Carlisle United End of season [102][103]
17 November 2008 FW Martyn Waghorn Charlton Athletic 17 January 2009 [104][105]
9 January 2009 FW Roy O'Donovan Blackpool End of season [106]
28 January 2009 MF Jordan Henderson Coventry City End of season [107][108]
2 February 2009 FW Michael Chopra Cardiff City End of season [109]
2 March 2009 FW Anthony Stokes Crystal Palace End of season [110]
2 March 2009 GK Darren Ward Wolverhampton Wanderers End of season [111]

See alsoEdit

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bardsley was born in Salford, England, but also qualifies to represent Scotland internationally through his father and would make his international debut for Scotland in October 2010.
  2. ^ Nosworthy was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally through his father and Guyana through his mother and was called up by Jamaica in 2007 before making his international debut for Jamaica in May 2012.
  3. ^ Malbranque was born in Mouscron, Belgium, but also qualified to represent France internationally and has represented them at U-16, U-18, and U-21 level.
  4. ^ Ward was born in Worksop, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in June 2000.
  5. ^ Collins was born in Chester, England, and represented the England C team, but also qualifies to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in February 2005.
  6. ^ Connolly was born in Brent, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in May 1996.
  7. ^ Liddle was born in Hounslow, Belgium, but also qualifies to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-21 level.