LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Wembley reaction and Accrington build-up as under-23 side face Wolves

Sunderland have finally done it – they are Wembley winners once again.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 5:31 pm

Lynden Gooch’s strike against Tranmere Rovers yesterday ensured that's the Black Cats lifted the Papa John’s Trophy and secured a first win at the national stadium since 1973.

The celebrations were somewhat muted without fans, but this was still a win and a weekend that meant a great deal to Sunderland’s players, staff, supporters and shareholders – with new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus enjoying the celebrations!

And while focus will quickly turn to the League One clash at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday evening, there’s still plenty more to dissect from the win at Wembley.

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Scroll down to find all the reaction to the cup triumph, as well as analysis and insight from our team who were at the game.

There’s also build-up to this week’s matches, with the Wearsiders still firmly in the League One promotion picture with 13 games to go.

RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer news (15 March)

Last updated: Monday, 15 March, 2021, 17:28

  • Sunderland have ended their Wembley hoodoo - after lifting the Papa John’s Trophy on Sunday
  • Lynden Gooch’s second half strike was enough to beat Tranmere Rovers
  • Focus now turns to a big game at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday evening

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Season curtailed for Sunderland Ladies

Sunderland Ladies have had their league campaign curtailed for a second consecutive season.

The FA announced their attention on Tuesday afternoon to bring an end to all league campaigns in tiers three to six, saying it is not deemed ‘viable’ to continue the season into May.

Sunderland are currently scheduled to return to action on April 4th, when they will begin their FA Cup campaign against Sheffield.

The winners of that tie will face Burnley or Fylde away a week later, with the winner of that fixture landing a clash with Manchester United on April 18th.

Read more HERE

Full-time at Wolves

Bowyer leaves Charlton

Lee Bowyer has resigned as manager of Charlton.

The Addicks are eighth in the League One table and drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury at the weekend.

Bowyer said: “It was a difficult decision to leave. Everyone knows how I feel about the club. I could have gone before but I felt it was the right thing to do to stay and help the club through the tough times we’ve been through.

“We had some amazing times and some tough times. It has been emotional leaving. I’d like to thank all the players that I’ve worked with and the staff for the hours and hours of hard work that they did. I also want to thank the supporters. We wouldn’t have had those great memories without them.”

Post-Wembley analysis from Phil Smith

Read the thoughts of our SAFC writer HERE

Goalless at the break

Sunderland’s U23s are in action today

Sunderland’s under-23 side are playing at Wolves today (1pm kick-off).

Benji Kimpioka and Josh Hawkes start for the Black Cats.

Confirmation of Angela Lowes' departure

Confirmation on Companies House that Angela Lowes has stepped down from her role as Finance Director on the board at Sunderland AFC.

The news broke earlier this month.

Portsmouth are reportedly lining up a move for former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel as the club’s new manager.

That’s according to The Portsmouth News, who states that Pompey are looking to offer Stendel a role as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Kenny Jackett was relieved of his duties on Sunday following losses to Sunderland in League One and Salford City in the Papa John’s Trophy final on Saturday.

However, it is said that the German is keen to be offered a long-term deal with the League One club at this stage.

The former Hearts boss applied for the Sunderland job last December after Phil Parkinson was sacked.

He was excellent yesterday

Today’s front page

Jordan Jones reports

Jordan Jones is reportedly attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs.

According to TEAMtalk, Barnsley, Cardiff, Stoke and Middlesbrough are all keeping tabs on the Northern Ireland international

Jones has made an impressive start to his Sunderland career and scored in the Black Cats’ 2-0 win over Portsmouth.

Go on, enjoy it again. You know you want to...

Watch the incredible celebration scenes as Sunderland beat Tranmere Rovers to lift Papa John's Trophy

Sunderland’s players celebrated in style as they lifted the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley.

What was the verdict from Tranmere?

Keith Hill praised his Tranmere Rovers side for their efforts against Sunderland – and said the scoreline was simply a ‘scoreboard failure’.

The League Two side more than held their own in the Papa John’s Trophy final, but were beaten after Aiden McGeady’s fine through ball allowed Lynden Gooch to score the game’s only goal.

“We’ve played against one of the elite teams in League One and we’ve come up just short. One moment has changed the course of the game,” he said.

“I’m so proud of the players. They’ve given me everything since I walked into the building and I’m extremely proud of them.

“Like I said, the only disappointment is the emotional value to the scoreboard – performance-wise, exceptional.”

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