2006–07 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland A.F.C.
2006–07 season
Chairman Niall Quinn
Manager Niall Quinn (until 30 August)
Roy Keane (from 28 August)
Championship 1st (88 points, promoted to the Premier League)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: David Connolly (13)
All: David Connolly (13)
Highest home attendance 44,448 (v Burnley, 27 April 2007)
Lowest home attendance 24,242 (v West Bromwich Albion, 28 August 2007)

The 2006–07 season was the 112th full season in Sunderland A.F.C.'s history and their 106th in the league system of English football. After recording a record low total of 15 points in the 2005–06 season, Sunderland finished bottom of the league were relegated to the Football League Championship.

Background[edit]

Sunderland began the 2005–06 season with Mick McCarthy as manager, having been promoted as champions the previous season.[1] Before the start of the season, McCarthy recruited Daryl Murphy,[2] Nyron Nosworthy,[3] Jonathan Stead,[4] Kelvin Davis,[5] Tommy Miller,[6] Martin Woods,[7] Alan Stubbs,[8] Joe Murphy and Andy Gray.[9][10] Their first match back in the Premier League came against Charlton Athletic where they were beaten 3–1.[11] Sunderland's first victory of the season came in the Tees-Wear derby, when goals from Tommy Miller and Julio Arca saw them to a 2–0 victory.[12] After this win, they had to wait until January to record their next victory when they beat West Bromwich Albion.[13]

On 6 March 2006, McCarthy was sacked, and former player Kevin Ball was brought in for the final ten games of the season.[14] In a match against Fulham heavy snow forced the game to be abandoned while Sunderland were 1–0 down. The rearranged fixture was won by Sunderland, as they narrowly avoided being the only Premier League club to not win a home game.[15] They finished the season with 15 points, which was a record low until Derby County broke it with 11 points in the 2007–08 season. This also broke their own record low number of points, beating the 19 points they achieved in 2002–03.[16]

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Much of the summer had involved rumours of a take over deal between former player Niall Quinn and a consortium consisting of mainly Irish businessmen.[17] Talks were confirmed between Quinn and the club on 28 April,[18] and a takeover fee of £10,000,000 was later agreed.[19] Just days before the takeover was complete, Quinn himself was appointed manager, with the start of the Championship looming.[20] Quinn and the Drumaville Consortium completed the £10,000,000 takeover for 72.59% of the club's shares on 27 July.[21] The pre-season transfer activity started with five signings for Sunderland, and three players being transferred to other clubs. They recruited experienced players Kenny Cunningham,[22] Darren Ward and Robbie Elliott for free transfers.[23][24] Trevor Carson and Peter Hartley were promoted through the club's youth system.[25] Sunderland allowed Kelvin Davis to join Southampton for £1,250,000,[26] and former fan favourite Julio Arca left to join rivals Middlesbrough.[27]

As Kevin Ball returned into his coaching role at the club, Kevin Richardson took charge of pre-season affairs.[28] Their first pre-season match was against non-league Forest Green Rovers, which Sunderland won 3–0 with goals from Liam Lawrence, Daryl Murphy and Dean Whitehead.[29] This was followed up by a 2–0 win against Rotherham United; Daryl Murphy and Jonathan Stead were the scorers.[30] Murphy continued his pre-season scoring streak with a goal against Irish outfit Shelbourne; Rory Delap scored the other goal in a 2–0 victory.[31] Sunderland finished their pre-season schedule with a 3–0 win over Carlisle United. Jonathan Stead, Liam Lawrence and Grant Leadbitter were the scorers, giving Sunderland an unbeaten pre-season record scoring ten goals, and not conceding any goals.[32]

August[edit]

Sunderland's season started against Coventry City on 6 August 2006. They had taken the lead with a goal from Daryl Murphy, but ended up losing the match 2–1.[33] On 8 August, Sunderland signed Clive Clarke from West Ham United for £400,000.[34] Captain George McCartney went the opposite way for £1,000,000 after eight seasons at Sunderland.[34] Sunderland's next game was against Birmingham City on 9 August, they lost the game 1–0.[35] They further bolstered their squad with the signing of Barcalona B player Arnau Riera for a free transfer.[36] Sunderland continued their poor start to the season with a defeat against Plymouth Argyle on 12 August. They initially led the match after a Daryl Murphy goal, but finished up 3–2 losers; Stephen Elliott was the other scorer for Sunderland.[37] They recorded their fourth defeat in as many games against Southend United on 19 August, being beaten 3–1. Jonathan Stead grabbed a consolation goal late on, but Sunderland went to the bottom of the league.[38] On 22 August Sunderland began their League Cup campaign against Bury who were bottom of the Football League, they were beaten 2–0; Arnau Riera was sent of after making his first start for the club.[39] Quinn secured the signings of William Mocquet from Le Havre for an undisclosed fee,[40] and Tobias Hysén from Djurgårdens for £1,700,000.[41] He also allowed Kevin Kyle to join Coventry City for £600,000.[42]

With prospective manager Roy Keane watching in the crowd, Sunderland and Quinn achieved their first victories of the season. They beat West Bromwich Albion 2–0 on 28 August with goals from Dean Whitehead and Neill Collins.[43] Keane was appointed Sunderland manager on the same day, signing a three year contract, with Tony Loughlan as assistant manager.[44] On the transfer window deadline day, Keane secured the signings of Dwight Yorke from Sydney,[45] Ross Wallace and Stanislav Varga from Celtic for a combined fee of £1,100,000.[46] He also brought in Liam Miller from Manchester United,[47] Graham Kavanagh and David Connolly whom both joined from Wigan Athletic.[48][49]

September[edit]

With a strengthened squad, Keane achieved his first win as a manager over Derby County on 9 September, when Chris Brown and debutant Ross Wallace scored.[50] Sunderland continued their successful start under the new manager with a 3–0 win over Leeds United on 13 September. The goals came from new recruits Graham Kavanagh and Liam Miller while Stephen Elliott grabbed the other goal.[51] Their next opponents were Leicester City on 16 September. This game was Keane's first at home, and Tobias Hysén scored a goal to make sure they remained unbeaten under him.[52] Sunderland experienced their first defeat under the new manager against Ipswich Town on 23 September. They originally took the lead through a Jason de Vos own goal, but were eventually beaten 3–1.[53] They returned to winning ways the next match on 30 September, as a Grant Leadbitter strike lead them to a 1–0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.[54]

October[edit]

During the break for international games, Sunderland allowed Rory Delap and Jonathan Stead to join Stoke City and Derby County respectively on loan deals.[55][56] They played their next match against Preston North End on 14 October, where they were beaten 4–1; Stanislav Varga scored the only Sunderland goal.[57] They then met Stoke City on 17 October where they were beaten 2–1 despite having taken the lead through a Dwight Yorke goal. Delap, who was making his debut after recently joining Stoke on loan from Sunderland, suffered a broken leg after a tackle from Robbie Elliott.[58] Sunderland themselves dipped into the loan market, signing left back Lewin Nyatanga from Derby County until January.[59] They played Barnsley on 21 October, and goals from Dean Whitehead and Chris Brown earned them a 2–0 win.[60] Sunderland achieved back-to-back wins when they beat Hull City 1–0 on 28 October. Ross Wallace scored a last minute goal but was sent off after removing his shirt in celebration.[61] Sunderland played Cardiff City next on 31 October, and were beaten 2–1. Manager Keane said "We were very, very poor. We lost it everywhere — the goal we gave away, our passing, our tackling, our movement; everything really was poor."[62]

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 15 July 2007 Forest Green Rovers Away 3–0 1,450 Lawrence, Murphy, Whitehead [29]
2 19 July 2007 Rotherham United Away 2–0 Murphy, Stead [30]
3 24 July 2007 Shelbourne Away 2–0 Murphy, Delap [31]
4 29 July 2007 Carlisle United Away 3–0 7,036 Stead, Lawrence, Leadbitter [32]

Championship[edit]

Sunderland recorded the highest average attendance during the 2006–07 Football League Championship season
Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 6 August 2006 Coventry City Away 1–2 22,366 Murphy [33]
2 9 August 2006 Birmingham City Home 0–1 26,668 [35]
3 12 August 2006 Plymouth Argyle Home 2–3 24,377 Murphy, Elliott [37]
4 19 August 2006 Southend United Away 1–3 9,848 Stead [38]
5 28 August 2006 West Bromwich Albion Home 2–0 24,242 Whitehead, N. Collins [43]
6 9 September 2006 Derby County Away 2–1 26,502 Brown, Wallace [50]
7 13 September 2006 Leeds United Away 3–0 23,037 Miller, Kavanagh, Elliott [51]
8 16 September 2006 Leicester City Home 1–1 35,104 Hysen [52]
9 23 September 2006 Ipswich Town Away 1–3 23,311 De Vos (O.G.) [53]
10 30 September 2006 Sheffield Wednesday Home 1–0 36,764 Leadbitter [54]
11 14 October 2006 Preston North End Away 1–4 19,603 Varga [57]
12 17 October 2006 Stoke City Away 1–2 14,482 Yorke [58]
13 21 October 2006 Barnsley Home 2–0 27,918 Whitehead, Brown [60]
14 28 October 2006 Hull City Away 1–0 25,512 Wallace [61]
15 31 October 2006 Cardiff City Home 1–2 26,528 Brown [62]
16 4 November 2006 Norwich City Away 0–1 24,852 [63]
17 11 November 2006 Southampton Home 1–1 25,667 Wallace [64]
18 18 November 2006 Colchester United Home 3–1 25,197 Elliott (2), Connolly [65]
19 24 November 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers Away 1–1 27,203 Elliott [66]
20 28 November 2006 Queens Park Rangers Away 2–1 13,108 Murphy, Leadbitter [67]
21 2 December 2006 Norwich City Home 1–0 27,934 Murphy [68]
22 9 December 2006 Luton Town Home 2–1 30,445 Murphy, Connolly [69]
23 16 December 2006 Burnley Away 2–2 14,798 Leadbitter, Connolly [70]
24 22 December 2006 Crystal Palace Away 0–1 17,439 [71]
25 26 December 2006 Leeds United Home 2–0 40,116 Connolly, Leadbitter [72]
26 30 December 2006 Preston North End Home 0–1 30,460 [73]
27 1 January 2007 Leicester City Away 2–0 21,975 Hysén, Connolly [74]
28 13 January 2007 Ipswich Town Home 1–0 27,604 Connolly [75]
29 20 January 2007 Sheffield Wednesday Away 4–2 29,103 Yorke, Hysén, Connolly, Edwards [76]
30 30 January 2007 Crystal Palace Home 0–0 26,958 [77]
31 3 February 2007 Coventry City Home 2–0 33,591 Yorke, Edwards [78]
32 10 February 2007 Plymouth Argyle Away 2–0 15,247 Connolly, Stokes [79]
33 17 February 2007 Southend United Home 4–0 33,376 Connolly, Hysen, John (2) [80]
34 20 February 2007 Birmingham City Away 1–1 20,941 Edwards [81]
35 24 February 2007 Derby County Home 2–1 36,049 Connolly, Miller [82]
36 3 March 2007 West Bromwich Albion Away 2–1 23,252 Yorke, John [83]
37 10 March 2007 Barnsley Away 2–0 18,207 Leadbitter, Connolly [84]
38 13 March 2007 Stoke City Home 2–2 31,358 Whitehead, Murphy [85]
39 17 March 2007 Hull City Home 2–0 38,488 Evans, John [86]
40 31 March 2007 Cardiff City Away 1–0 19,353 Wallace [87]
41 7 April 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers Home 2–1 40,748 Murphy, Wallace [88]
42 9 April 2007 Southampton Away 2–1 25,766 Edwards, Leadbitter [89]
43 14 April 2007 Queens Park Rangers Home 2–1 39,206 Whitehead, Leadbitter [90]
44 21 April 2007 Colchester United Away 1–3 6,042 Yorke [91]
45 27 April 2007 Burnley Home 3–2 44,448 Murphy, Connolly, Edwards [92]
46 6 May 2007 Luton Town Away 5–0 10,260 Murphy (2), Stokes, Wallace, Connolly [93]

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
3 6 January 2007 Preston North End Away 0–1 10,318 [94]

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 22 August 2006 Bury Away 0–2 2,930 [39]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Sunderland (C) 46 27 7 12 76 47 +29 88 Promotion to Premier League
2 Birmingham City (P) 46 26 8 12 67 47 +20 86
3 Derby County (P) 46 25 9 12 62 46 +16 84 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 West Bromwich Albion 46 22 10 14 81 55 +26 76
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 59 56 +3 76
6 Southampton 46 21 12 13 77 53 +24 75
7 Preston North End 46 22 8 16 64 53 +11 74
8 Stoke City 46 19 16 11 62 41 +21 73
9 Sheffield Wednesday 46 20 11 15 70 66 +4 71
10 Colchester United 46 20 9 17 70 56 +14 69
11 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 16 13 63 62 +1 67
12 Crystal Palace 46 18 11 17 59 51 +8 65
13 Cardiff City 46 17 13 16 57 53 +4 64
14 Ipswich Town 46 18 8 20 64 59 +5 62
15 Burnley 46 15 12 19 52 49 +3 57
16 Norwich City 46 16 9 21 56 71 −15 57
17 Coventry City 46 16 8 22 47 62 −15 56
18 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 11 21 54 68 −14 53
19 Leicester City 46 13 14 19 49 64 −15 53
20 Barnsley 46 15 5 26 53 85 −32 50
21 Hull City 46 13 10 23 51 67 −16 49
22 Southend United (R) 46 10 12 24 47 80 −33 42 Relegation to League One
23 Luton Town (R) 46 10 10 26 53 81 −28 40
24 Leeds United (R) 46 13 7 26 46 72 −26 36

Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Leeds United deducted 10 points for entering administration.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Player details[edit]

All players at the club with season in progress included. Duplicate squad numbers indicate departed players and current players.[95][96]
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Ben Alnwick 11 (0) 0 0 0 1 0 12 (0) 0 0 0
2 DF England Stephen Wright 2 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 3 (1) 0 1 0
3 DF Northern Ireland George McCartney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF Wales Lewin Nyatanga 9 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 9 (2) 0 0 0
3 DF England Danny Simpson 13 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 13 (1) 0 2 0
4 MF Republic of Ireland Rory Delap 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 1 0
4 DF Northern Ireland Jonny Evans 18 1 0 1 0 0 19 1 3 0
5 DF Republic of Ireland Kenny Cunningham 11 0 0 0 1 0 12 0 1 0
6 DF Scotland Steven Caldwell 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
7 MF Republic of Ireland Liam Lawrence 10 (2) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 10 (3) 0 1 0
7 MF Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Edwards 15 5 0 (1) 0 0 0 15 (1) 5 1 0
8 MF England Dean Whitehead (c) 43 (2) 4 1 0 1 0 45 (2) 4 7 0
9 FW England Jonathan Stead 1 (4) 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 (5) 1 0 0
9 FW Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes 7 (7) 2 0 0 0 0 7 (7) 2 1 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Stephen Elliott 15 (9) 5 1 0 1 0 17 (9) 5 0 0
11 FW Republic of Ireland Daryl Murphy 27 (11) 10 1 0 1 0 29 (11) 10 1 0
12 DF England Nyron Nosworthy 27 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 27 (2) 0 4 0
13 GK Wales Darren Ward 30 0 1 0 0 0 31 0 0 0
14 MF England Tommy Miller 3 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 0 0 0
14 FW Trinidad and Tobago Stern John 10 (5) 4 0 0 0 0 10 (5) 4 0 0
15 DF Wales Danny Collins 36 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 36 (4) 0 4 0
16 FW Scotland Kevin Kyle 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
16 MF Sweden Tobias Hysén 15 (11) 4 1 0 0 0 16 (11) 0 0 0
17 MF England Andy Welsh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 MF France William Mocquet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF Spain Arnau Riera 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 1
20 FW England Chris Brown 10 (6) 0 0 0 0 0 10 (6) 0 4 0
20 FW Trinidad and Tobago Stern John 10 (5) 4 0 0 0 0 10 (5) 4 0 0
21 FW Scotland Kevin Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 DF Republic of Ireland Clive Clarke 2 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 2 (2) 0 0 0
23 MF England Grant Leadbitter 24 (20) 7 1 0 1 0 26 (20) 7 3 0
24 GK Northern Ireland Trevor Carson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF Scotland Neill Collins 6 (1) 1 0 0 1 0 7 (1) 1 0 0
26 DF England Robbie Elliott 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 0 0
27 DF Slovakia Stanislav Varga 20 1 1 0 0 0 21 1 7 0
28 DF England Dan Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh 10 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 10 (4) 1 3 0
29 DF England Peter Hartley 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
30 MF England Jake Richardson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF France Christian Bassila 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW Republic of Ireland David Connolly 30 (6) 13 1 0 0 0 31 (6) 13 1 0
32 GK Hungary Márton Fülöp 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
33 MF Scotland Ross Wallace 20 (12) 6 1 0 0 0 21 (12) 6 5 2
34 MF Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke 28 (4) 5 0 (1) 0 0 0 28 (5) 5 6 0
36 MF Republic of Ireland Liam Miller 24 (6) 2 1 0 0 0 25 (6) 2 7 1

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee Notes
23 May 2006 GK Trevor Carson Youth system [25]
23 May 2006 DF Peter Hartley Youth system [25]
19 July 2006 DF Kenny Cunningham Birmingham City Free [22]
4 August 2006 DF Darren Ward Norwich City Free [23]
4 August 2006 DF Robbie Elliott Newcastle United Free [24]
8 August 2006 DF Clive Clarke West Ham United £400,000 [34]
10 August 2006 MF Arnau Riera Barcelona B Free [36]
22 August 2006 MF William Mocquet Le Havre Undisclosed [40]
23 August 2006 MF Tobias Hysén Djurgårdens £1,700,000 [41]
31 August 2006 MF Dwight Yorke Sydney £200,000 [45]
31 August 2006 MF Graham Kavanagh Wigan Athletic £500,000 [48]
31 August 2006 DF Stanislav Varga Celtic £1,100,000 [46]
31 August 2006 MF Ross Wallace Celtic £1,100,000 [46]
31 August 2006 MF Liam Miller Manchester United Free [47]
31 August 2006 FW David Connolly Wigan Athletic £1,900,000 [49]
2 January 2007 GK Márton Fülöp Tottenham Hotspur £500,000 [97]
2 January 2007 MF Carlos Edwards Luton Town £1,500,000 [98]
8 January 2007 FW Anthony Stokes Arsenal £2,000,000 [99]
29 January 2007 FW Stern John Coventry City Undisclosed fee [100]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee Notes
21 July 2006 GK Kelvin Davis Southampton £1,250,000 [26]
26 July 2006 MF Julio Arca Middlesbrough £1,750,000 [27]
31 July 2006 MF Christian Bassila Larissa Free [101]
8 August 2006 DF George McCartney West Ham United £1,000,000 [34]
18 August 2006 DF Dan Smith Aberdeen Undisclosed fee [102]
25 August 2006 FW Kevin Kyle Coventry City £600,000 [42]
2 January 2007 DF Robbie Elliott Leeds United Free [103]
2 January 2007 MF Liam Lawrence Stoke City £650,000 [104]
2 January 2007 GK Ben Alnwick Tottenham Hotspur £900,000 [97]
5 January 2007 DF Neill Collins Wolverhampton Wanderers £150,000 [105]
9 January 2007 MF Rory Delap Stoke City Free [106]
11 January 2007 FW Jonathan Stead Sheffield United £1,250,000 [107]
11 January 2007 FW Chris Brown Norwich City £325,000 [108]
1 February 2007 DF Steven Caldwell Burnley £400,000 [109]
23 March 2007 MF Andy Welsh Toronto Free [110]

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos Name From To Notes
19 October 2006 DF Lewin Nyatanga Derby County 1 January 2007 [59]
23 November 2006 GK Márton Fülöp Tottenham Hotspur 1 January 2007 [111]
4 January 2007 DF Jonny Evans Manchester United End of season [112]
25 January 2007 DF Danny Simpson Manchester United End of season [113]

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Until Notes
11 October 2006 MF Rory Delap Stoke City 9 January 2007 [55]
13 October 2006 FW Jonathan Stead Derby County 2 January 2007 [56]
16 October 2006 MF Andy Welsh Leicester City 31 December 2006 [114]
23 October 2006 MF Clive Clarke Coventry City 1 January 2007 [115][116]
2 December 2006 DF Neill Collins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 January 2007 [117]
31 October 2006 FW Kevin Smith Wrexham 31 November 2006 [118]
14 November 2006 MF Tommy Miller Preston North End 1 January 2007 [119]
23 November 2006 MF William Mocquet Rochdale 4 January 2007 [120]
23 November 2006 MF Arnau Riera Southend United 1 January 2007 [121]
9 January 2007 FW Kevin Smith Dundee United 1 May 2007 [122]
23 March 2007 MF William Mocquet Bury End of season [123]

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