Sunderland AFC: The Absolute Record - the book that captures an illustrious history in remarkable detail

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We have never had easier access to endless data and statistics.

From soccerbase to wikipedia, the internet is stacked with information on Sunderland's long and proud history.

Yet any supporter will have those moments when the one they really want and need eludes them.

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Sunderland AFC: The Absolute Record, is a weighty (literally and figuratively) tome that frankly, can answer any question and settle any debate that you could ever wish to have.

Sunderland AFC: The absolute recordSunderland AFC: The absolute record
Sunderland AFC: The absolute record

Compiled by Rob Mason, club historian, alongside Mike Gibson and Barry Jackson, the book contains a breakdown of every season Sunderland have competed in, from their early cup ties of the 1880s right through to the present day.

Every goal, every result, and every player to wear the red-and-white shirt is recorded in exhaustive detail.

The end result is the definitive resource on Sunderland's illustrious past.

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It serves as both an easily-accessible resource for any statistical query, while giving a comprehensive overview of any stories you have may missed along the way.

You can learn about the seasons you may have missed, and relive those where you kicked every ball.

The book offers a number of new additions to the complete record, written by the same authors in 2013, with everything from FA Youth Cup results to manager win ratios documented.

The final word can go to Niall Quinn, who has written a foreword for the book in which he reflects on his unique connection with the club and its support.

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"This reference book traces the entire history of the club from the very beginning of its existence," he writes.

"Every league and cup appearance of each player is listed with match details and seasons put into context. Added to this is an extensive section covering everything from abandoned games to youngest players and it seems everything in between.

"It is a book that that comprehensively covers the history of a club that will always have a place on my heart. It is a must have for every Sunderland fan."

Priced at £30, Sunderland AFC: The Absolute Record will be available in bookshops when the current national lockdown restrictions end on December 2nd.

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The book can also be purchased online, however, at

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