2008–09 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland A.F.C.
2008–09 season
Chairman Niall Quinn
Manager Roy Keane (until 4 December)[1]
Ricky Sbragia (from 4 December)
Stadium Stadium of Light
Premier League 16th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round

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

Background[edit]

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 results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season[edit]

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 League[edit]

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 Cup[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 FA Cup
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 Cup[edit]

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]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 9 15 45 45 0 51
9 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 42 45 −3 51
10 Manchester City 38 15 5 18 58 50 +8 50
11 Wigan Athletic 38 12 9 17 34 45 −11 45
12 Stoke City 38 12 9 17 38 55 −17 45
13 Bolton Wanderers 38 11 8 19 41 53 −12 41
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 Football League Championship 2009–10
19 Middlesbrough (R) 38 7 11 20 28 57 −29 32
20 West Bromwich Albion (R) 38 8 8 22 36 67 −31 32

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: .
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(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.

First-team squad[edit]

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

Left club during season[edit]

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

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

Goal scorers[edit]

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

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

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]

Out[edit]

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 in[edit]

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 out[edit]

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 also[edit]

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