Sunderlands previous 10 league positions heading into Christmas Day  and where they finished that season

Sunderland’s previous 10 league positions heading into Christmas Day – and where they finished that season

Sunderland fans can enjoy their Christmas knowing promotion from League One at the first attempt remains firmly on the cards.

Jack Ross' side, with the clear aim of promotion from England's third tier, are on course to do so - but how have the Black Cats ranked in recent years on Christmas Day? Scroll and click through the pages as we look back at the club's Xmas position over the previous 10 seasons.

13th with 21 points on Christmas Day, Sunderland ended the season in 16th, two points above relegated Tyne Wear rivals Newcastle United.

1. 2008/09 (Premier League)

13th with 21 points on Christmas Day, Sunderland ended the season in 16th, two points above relegated Tyne Wear rivals Newcastle United.
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Despite a run of 14 games without a win between November-February, the Black Cats occupied 10th spot at Christmas before dropping to 13th by the end of the term.

2. 2009/10 (Premier League)

Despite a run of 14 games without a win between November-February, the Black Cats occupied 10th spot at Christmas before dropping to 13th by the end of the term.
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Christmas delight as Sunderland ranked 6th on Christmas Day, however hopes of an European finish were dashed by a 10th place finish.

3. 2010/11 (Premier League)

Christmas delight as Sunderland ranked 6th on Christmas Day, however hopes of an European finish were dashed by a 10th place finish.
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15th at Christmas, a solid December and January courtesy of Martin ONeills introduction guided Sunderland clear of relegation danger in 13th.

4. 11/12 (Premier League)

15th at Christmas, a solid December and January courtesy of Martin ONeills introduction guided Sunderland clear of relegation danger in 13th.
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