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2017–18 Sunderland A.F.C. season

The 2017–18 season was Sunderland's 139th season in existence, and their first season in the Championship since 2006 after relegation from the Premier League[3] the previous season. Along with competing in the Championship, the club will also participate in the FA Cup and EFL Cup. The season covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Sunderland
2017–18 season
ChairmanEllis Short
(until 29 April 2018)
Stewart Donald
(from 29 April 2018)
ManagerSimon Grayson
(until 31 October)[1]
Robbie Stockdale
(from 31 October 2017–19 November 2017)
Chris Coleman
(from 19 November 2017–29 April 2018)[2]
Robbie Stockdale
(from 29 April 2018)
StadiumStadium of Light
Championship24th (relegated)
FA CupThird Round
(knocked out by Middlesbrough)
EFL CupThird round
(knocked out by Everton)
Top goalscorerLeague: Lewis Grabban (11)
All: Lewis Grabban (11)

Simon Grayson began the season as Sunderland manager, following the departure of David Moyes in May 2017. However, he did not complete the full season, instead being sacked towards the end of October after only one win in his first 15 league matches saw Sunderland rooted to the bottom of the table. He was replaced by former Wales manager Chris Coleman.

Sunderland suffered a second successive relegation on 21 April 2018 after a 2–1 home defeat to fellow struggling side Burton Albion, losing after having led the match 1–0. Results elsewhere meant that they would compete in League One in the 2018/19 season.[4]

The events of the season formed the backdrop to the documentary series Sunderland 'Til I Die which was released on Netflix on 14 December 2018.

Contents

First team squadEdit

Ages are as of 04 August 2017

Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Age at Season Start Ends Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Jason Steele   GK 26 2021   Blackburn Rovers
12 Lee Camp   GK 32 2018   Cardiff City (loan)
25 Robbin Ruiter   GK 30 2019   Utrecht
32 Max Stryjek   GK 21 2019   Polonia Warsaw
Defenders
2 Billy Jones   RB 30 2018   West Bromwich Albion
3 Bryan Oviedo   LB 27 2020   Everton
4 Paddy McNair   CB 22 2020   Manchester United
15 Brendan Galloway   LB 21 2018   Everton (loan)
16 John O'Shea   CB 36 2018   Manchester United
18 Tyias Browning   RB 23 2018   Everton (loan)
21 Adam Matthews   RB 25 2019   Celtic
22 Donald Love   RB 22 2020   Manchester United
23 Lamine Koné   CB 28 2020   Lorient
35 Jake Clarke-Salter   CB 19 2018   Chelsea (loan)
36 Marc Wilson   CB 29 2018   AFC Bournemouth
Midfielders
6 Lee Cattermole (C)   DM 29 2021   Wigan Athletic
7 Jonny Williams   CM 23 2018   Crystal Palace (loan)
8 Jack Rodwell   CM 26 2019   Manchester City
11 Kazenga LuaLua   LW 26 2018   Brighton & Hove Albion
13 Callum McManaman   LW 26 2019   West Bromwich Albion
14 Duncan Watmore   RW 23 2020   Altrincham
19 Aiden McGeady   LW 31 2020   Everton
24 Darron Gibson   CM 29 2018   Everton
26 George Honeyman   AM 22 2019 Academy
27 Lynden Gooch   AM 21 2019 Academy
28 Ethan Robson   CM 21 2018 Academy
40 Elliot Embleton   CM 18 2019 Academy
53 Ovie Ejaria   CM 19 2018   Liverpool (loan)
Forwards
9 Ashley Fletcher   ST 21 2018   Middlesbrough (loan)
20 Josh Maja   ST 18 2019   Manchester City
29 Joel Asoro   ST 18 2019   IF Brommapojkarna

New contractsEdit

No. Pos Player Until Source
26 Midfielder   George Honeyman June 2019 [5]
16 Defender   John O'Shea June 2018 [6]

Pre-season friendliesEdit

As of 6 July 2017, Sunderland have announced eight pre-season friendlies against Bury,[7] Hibernian,[8] Livingston, Bradford City, Scunthorpe United,[9] St Johnstone,[10] Celtic[11] and Hartlepool United.[12]

CompetitionsEdit

ChampionshipEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
20 Reading 46 10 14 22 48 70 −22 44
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 10 13 23 39 74 −35 43
22 Barnsley (R) 46 9 14 23 48 72 −24 41 Relegation to EFL League One
23 Burton Albion (R) 46 10 11 25 38 81 −43 41
24 Sunderland (R) 46 7 16 23 52 80 −28 37
Source: English Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(R) Relegated.

Result summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 7 16 23 52 80  −28 37 3 7 13 23 39  −16 4 9 10 29 41  −12

Last updated: 13 January 2019.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by matchdayEdit

Matchday12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundHAAHAHHAHAAHAHHAHAAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
ResultDWDLLLLDLLDDDLDLDLWLDWDLWLLWLLDLLDDLLLWLDDDLLW
Position156612192020212223232323232224242422232321222221242422232323232424242424242323232324242424
Source: 11v11.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

The fixtures for the 2017–18 season were released on 21 June 2017.[13]

FA CupEdit

In the FA Cup, Sunderland entered the competition in the third round and were drawn away to Middlesbrough.[14]

EFL CupEdit

On 16 June 2017, Sunderland were drawn away to Bury in the first round.[15][16] A trip to Carlisle United was announced for the second round.[17] A third away trip in the competition against Everton was drawn for the third round.[18]

Squad statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

The list is sorted by league goals and then shirt number when total goals are equal.

  • = Player left club mid-season

Last updated on 30 May 2018.

Rnk Pos No. Player Championship FA Cup EFL Cup Total
1 FW 11   Lewis Grabban 12 0 0 12
2 MF 19   Aiden McGeady 7 0 0 7
MF 26   George Honeyman 6 0 1 7
4 MF 4   Paddy McNair 5 0 0 5
5 FW 29   Joel Asoro 3 0 0 3
6 DF 3   Bryan Oviedo 2 0 0 2
FW 9   James Vaughan* 2 0 0 2
FW 9   Ashley Fletcher 2 0 0 2
MF 27   Lynden Gooch 1 0 1 2
10 DF 2   Billy Jones 1 0 0 1
MF 6   Lee Cattermole 1 0 0 1
MF 7   Jonny Williams 1 0 0 1
MF 8   Jack Rodwell 1 0 0 1
MF 13   Callum McManaman 1 0 0 1
DF 16   John O'Shea 1 0 0 1
FW 20   Josh Maja 1 0 0 1
DF 21   Adam Matthews 1 0 0 1
MF 53   Ovie Ejaria 1 0 0 1
DF 22   Donald Love 0 0 1 1
Own Goals 3 0 3 1
Total 52 0 3 55

Appearances and goalsEdit

Last updated on 7 May 2018.[19][20][21]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup EFL Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Jason Steele 18 0 15 0 1 0 2 0
2 DF   Billy Jones 24 1 19+3 1 1 0 1 0
3 DF   Bryan Oviedo 36 2 31+3 2 1 0 1 0
4 DF   Paddy McNair 16 5 12+4 5 0 0 0 0
6 MF   Lee Cattermole 35 1 34+1 1 0 0 0 0
7 MF   Jonny Williams 13 1 7+5 1 0+1 0 0 0
8 MF   Jack Rodwell 3 1 1+1 1 1 0 0 0
9 FW   Ashley Fletcher 16 2 15+1 2 0 0 0 0
11 MF   Kazenga LuaLua 6 0 0+6 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK   Lee Camp 12 0 11+1 0 0 0 0 0
13 MF   Callum McManaman 26 1 13+11 1 0+1 0 1 0
14 MF   Duncan Watmore 6 0 4+2 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF   Brendan Galloway 8 0 5+2 0 1 0 0 0
16 DF   John O'Shea 40 1 34+3 1 2 0 1 0
18 DF   Tyias Browning 29 0 26+1 0 1 0 1 0
19 MF   Aiden McGeady 37 7 28+7 7 1+1 0 0 0
20 FW   Josh Maja 18 1 6+11 1 0 0 1 0
21 DF   Adam Matthews 37 1 25+9 1 3 0 0 0
22 DF   Donald Love 14 1 11 0 2 1 1 0
23 DF   Lamine Koné 26 0 24 0 1+1 0 0 0
25 GK   Robbin Ruiter 21 0 20 0 1 0 0 0
26 MF   George Honeyman 45 7 37+5 6 2 1 1 0
27 MF   Lynden Gooch 27 2 12+12 1 2+1 1 0 0
28 MF   Ethan Robson 11 0 6+3 0 0+1 0 1 0
29 FW   Joel Asoro 29 3 11+15 3 1+1 0 0+1 0
35 DF   Jake Clarke-Salter 11 0 8+3 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF   Marc Wilson 22 0 20+1 0 0 0 1 0
37 MF   Bali Mumba 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
40 MF   Elliot Embleton 3 0 0+2 0 0 0 0+1 0
41 DF   Denver Hume 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
52 MF   Luke Molyneux 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
53 MF   Ovie Ejaria 11 1 9+2 1 0 0 0 0
Players who have played for Sunderland this season but are currently out on loan:
5 DF   Papy Djilobodji 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
10 MF   Wahbi Khazri 5 0 0+3 0 2 0 0 0
17 MF   Didier N'Dong 21 0 16+2 0 3 0 0 0
Players who have played for Sunderland this season but have left the club:
9 FW   James Vaughan 27 2 15+8 2 1+2 0 0+1 0
11 FW   Lewis Grabban 20 12 18+1 12 1 0 0 0
24 MF   Darron Gibson 18 0 12+3 0 3 0 0 0

Disciplinary recordEdit

As of 30 September 2017
No. Pos. Name Championship FA Cup EFL Cup Total
                               
1 GK Jason Steele 1                 1  
3 DF Bryan Oviedo 2                 2  
5 DF Papy Djilobodji             1     1  
6 MF Lee Cattermole 2                 2  
7 MF Jonny Williams 1                 1  
8 MF Jack Rodwell 1                 1  
9 FW James Vaughan 3           1     4  
10 MF Wahbi Khazri 1           2     3  
15 DF Brendan Galloway 2                 2  
17 MF Didier N'Dong 1           1     2  
18 DF Tyias Browning 1           1     2  
19 RW Aiden McGeady 2                 2  
23 DF Lamine Koné 2                 2  
24 MF Darron Gibson             1     1  
27 MF Lynden Gooch 1                 1  
36 DF Marc Wilson 1                 1  
Total 21 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 28 0 0

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
13 July 2017 LW   Aiden McGeady   Everton £250,000 [22]
13 July 2017 ST   James Vaughan   Bury £500,000 [22]
26 July 2017 GK   Jason Steele   Blackburn Rovers £500,000 [23]
2 August 2017 GK   Robbin Ruiter   Utrecht Free [24]
31 August 2017 CB   Marc Wilson   AFC Bournemouth Free [25]
31 August 2017 LW   Callum McManaman   West Bromwich Albion Free [26]
25 January 2018 LW   Kazenga LuaLua   Brighton & Hove Albion Free [27]

Loans inEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name From Until Ref.
5 July 2017 LB   Brendan Galloway   Everton 30 June 2018 [28]
8 July 2017 RB   Tyias Browning   Everton 30 June 2018 [29]
26 July 2017 ST   Lewis Grabban   AFC Bournemouth 5 January 2018 [30]
31 August 2017 AM   Jonny Williams   Crystal Palace 30 June 2018 [31]
8 January 2018 CB   Jake Clarke-Salter   Chelsea 30 June 2018 [32]
31 January 2018 CM   Ovie Ejaria   Liverpool 30 June 2018 [33]
31 January 2018 ST   Ashley Fletcher   Middlesbrough 30 June 2018 [34]
31 January 2018 GK   Lee Camp   Cardiff City 30 June 2018

Transfers outEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 CB   Joleon Lescott Free agent Released [35]
1 July 2017 DM   Jan Kirchhoff Free agent Released [35]
1 July 2017 CM   Sebastian Larsson   Hull City Free [35]
1 July 2017 RW   Will Buckley   Bolton Wanderers Free [36]
1 July 2017 LW   Steven Pienaar   Bidvest Wits Free [35]
1 July 2017 ST   Victor Anichebe   Beijing Enterprises Free [37]
1 July 2017 GK   Jordan Pickford   Everton £30,000,000 [38]
1 July 2017 ST   Jermain Defoe   AFC Bournemouth Free [39]
19 July 2017 GK   Vito Mannone   Reading £2,000,000 [40]
12 January 2018 GK   Mika Free agent Released [41]
12 January 2018 FW   James Vaughan   Wigan Athletic £300,000 [42]

Loans outEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name To Until Ref.
1 July 2017 LW   Fabio Borini   Milan 30 June 2018 [43]
7 August 2017 RW   Jeremain Lens   Beşiktaş 30 June 2018 [44]
30 August 2017 CB   Michael Ledger   Hartlepool United 30 June 2018 [45]
31 August 2017 GK   Max Stryjek   Accrington Stanley 18 January 2018 [46]
31 August 2017 CB   Papy Djilobodji   Dijon 30 June 2018 [47]
31 August 2017 AM   Wahbi Khazri   Rennes 30 June 2018 [48]
20 October 2017 ST   Andrew Nelson   Harrogate Town 17 November 2017 [49]
2 January 2018   Falkirk End of season [50]
7 December 2017 GK   James Talbot   Darlington 30 June 2018 [51]
20 January 2018 DF   Tom Beadling   Dunfermline Athletic 30 June 2018 [52]
31 January 2018 MF   Dider Ndong   Watford 30 June 2018 [53]

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