Relating to the historical past of the Sunderland AFC, few have a deep data that equals that of the membership’s official historian Rob Mason.
And for the final eighteen months or so, he is been engaged on a brand new four-hundred-page A4 hardcover e book.Absolutely the document: the gamersdetailing the careers of each participant who proved to be in a aggressive match for the Lads and is now obtainable for pre-order.
In his footsteps’Absolute document ‘which was launched a number of years in the past and options each match of each season performed by Sunderland AFC, this re-creation is a successor to the 2001 e book. “All of the boys, and comprises biographies of each participant who has ever worn the red-and-white jersey in a aggressive sport, till the tip of the 2021/2022 season.
Individuals have been asking me for years if I’d make an AZ of all of the Sunderland gamers, and to be trustworthy, I’ve at all times thought, “This can be a rattling enterprise, I do not assume so!”
However I did. I loved doing it, but it surely was undoubtedly the best and most demanding e book I’ve ever written.
Since ‘All The Lads’ – written by non-Sunderland followers Garth Dykes and Doug Lamming – printed in 2001, over 330 gamers appeared for Sunderland, whereas new data emerged about lots of their predecessors, because of vital analysis and accessibility and availability on-line data.
I’ve the best respect for Garth Dykes and Doug Lamming and helped add some “shade” to the “All The Lads” tales. Nonetheless, since that e book was printed, there’s a vital quantity of recent data that has come to mild and I’ve discovered that fairly a bit of knowledge in “All The Lads” is inaccurate.
A few of them are very anorexic issues: dates of start, locations of start and issues like that, however typically there was different data that was incorrect and all of this was addressed on this e book as nicely.
“Absolute document: gamers”which features a preface by legendary goalkeeper and membership document holder Jimmy Montgomery, follows the extremely profitable e book. “Absolute document ‘which analyzes in depth every season that the Lads have performed.
Particulars for every participant who represented the membership embrace date of start, place of origin, date of signing for Sunderland, first and final membership match, worldwide honors received, plus an in depth account of their careers.
There are additionally a whole lot of bizarre tales and information about gamers.
For instance, which former Sunderland participant labored on Hollywood films and whose son was Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard?
You will must get a replica of the e book to search out out these solutions, I am afraid!
We discovered a whole lot of new tales and information concerning the gamers who’ve performed for Sunderland over time.
For instance, I believe everybody is aware of about Willie Watson, who represented England in each soccer and cricket, however I discovered a participant from Sunderland who performed for England in three sports activities – soccer, shinty and athletics!
We additionally discovered gamers who continued to bounce for a similar firm that employed Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel – there are infinite, uncommon tales there.
I believed I knew loads about Sunderland gamers over time, however I used to be amazed each time I discovered a couple of participant and thought, “I did not notice that!”
Whereas the roughly 400-page e book is a big learn, Rob says it will likely be attention-grabbing for folks to method it as a canopy, moderately than merely utilizing it as a reference e book.
We regularly examine gamers who’ve scored huge targets or produced well-known moments within the historical past of our membership, however there are additionally many attention-grabbing tales about different gamers, about which they’ve by no means been written intimately till now.
Up to now, I imply.
“Absolute document: gamers” is offered for pre-order now, and orders positioned till August 22, 2022 might have a reputation included within the e book, whereas the primary hundred orders positioned could have the copy signed by a membership legend – Dennis Tueart is lined as much as signal the primary fifty .
The e book is about to be printed in early November, so should you’re in search of a Christmas current for your self – or a Sunderland colleague – this may very well be it!