2017–18 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland
2017–18 season
ChairmanEllis Short
(until 29 April 2018)
Stewart Donald
(from 29 April 2018)
ManagerSimon Grayson
(until 31 October)[1]
Robbie Stockdale
(from 31 October 2017–19 November 2017)
Chris Coleman
(from 19 November 2017–29 April 2018)[2]
Robbie Stockdale
(from 29 April 2018)
StadiumStadium of Light
Championship24th (relegated)
FA CupThird Round
(knocked out by Middlesbrough)
EFL CupThird round
(knocked out by Everton)
Top goalscorerLeague: Lewis Grabban (11)
All: Lewis Grabban (11)

The 2017–18 season was Sunderland's 139th season in existence, and their first season in the Championship since 2006 after relegation from the Premier League[3] the previous season. Along with competing in the Championship, the club will also participate in the FA Cup and EFL Cup; the season covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Simon Grayson began the season as Sunderland manager, following the departure of David Moyes in May 2017. However, he did not complete the full season, instead being sacked towards the end of October after only one win in his first 15 league matches saw Sunderland rooted to the bottom of the table, he was replaced by former Wales manager Chris Coleman.

Sunderland suffered a second successive relegation on 21 April 2018 after a 2–1 home defeat to fellow struggling side Burton Albion, losing after having led the match 1–0. Results elsewhere meant that they would compete in League One in the 2018/19 season.[4]

The events of the season formed the backdrop to the documentary series Sunderland 'Til I Die which was released on Netflix on 14 December 2018.

First team squad[edit]

Ages are as of 04 August 2017

Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Age at Season Start Ends Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Jason Steele England GK 26 2021 England Blackburn Rovers
12 Lee Camp Northern Ireland GK 32 2018 England Cardiff City (loan)
25 Robbin Ruiter Netherlands GK 30 2019 Netherlands Utrecht
32 Max Stryjek Poland GK 21 2019 Poland Polonia Warsaw
Defenders
2 Billy Jones England RB 30 2018 England West Bromwich Albion
3 Bryan Oviedo Costa Rica LB 27 2020 England Everton
4 Paddy McNair Northern Ireland CB 22 2020 England Manchester United
15 Brendan Galloway England LB 21 2018 England Everton (loan)
16 John O'Shea Republic of Ireland CB 36 2018 England Manchester United
18 Tyias Browning England RB 23 2018 England Everton (loan)
21 Adam Matthews Wales RB 25 2019 Scotland Celtic
22 Donald Love Scotland RB 22 2020 England Manchester United
23 Lamine Koné Ivory Coast CB 28 2020 France Lorient
35 Jake Clarke-Salter England CB 19 2018 England Chelsea (loan)
36 Marc Wilson Republic of Ireland CB 29 2018 England AFC Bournemouth
Midfielders
6 Lee Cattermole (C) England DM 29 2021 England Wigan Athletic
7 Jonny Williams Wales CM 23 2018 England Crystal Palace (loan)
8 Jack Rodwell England CM 26 2019 England Manchester City
11 Kazenga LuaLua Democratic Republic of the Congo LW 26 2018 England Brighton & Hove Albion
13 Callum McManaman England LW 26 2019 England West Bromwich Albion
14 Duncan Watmore England RW 23 2020 England Altrincham
19 Aiden McGeady Republic of Ireland LW 31 2020 England Everton
24 Darron Gibson Republic of Ireland CM 29 2018 England Everton
26 George Honeyman England AM 22 2019 Academy
27 Lynden Gooch United States AM 21 2019 Academy
28 Ethan Robson England CM 21 2018 Academy
40 Elliot Embleton England CM 18 2019 Academy
53 Ovie Ejaria England CM 19 2018 England Liverpool (loan)
Forwards
9 Ashley Fletcher England ST 21 2018 England Middlesbrough (loan)
20 Josh Maja England ST 18 2019 England Manchester City
29 Joel Asoro Sweden ST 18 2019 Sweden IF Brommapojkarna

New contracts[edit]

No. Pos Player Until Source
26 Midfielder England George Honeyman June 2019 [5]
16 Defender Republic of Ireland John O'Shea June 2018 [6]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

As of 6 July 2017, Sunderland have announced eight pre-season friendlies against Bury,[7] Hibernian,[8] Livingston, Bradford City, Scunthorpe United,[9] St Johnstone,[10] Celtic[11] and Hartlepool United.[12]

Competitions[edit]

Championship[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
20 Reading 46 10 14 22 48 70 −22 44
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 10 13 23 39 74 −35 43
22 Barnsley (R) 46 9 14 23 48 72 −24 41 Relegation to EFL League One
23 Burton Albion (R) 46 10 11 25 38 81 −43 41
24 Sunderland (R) 46 7 16 23 52 80 −28 37
Source: English Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(R) Relegated.

Result summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 7 16 23 52 80  −28 37 3 7 13 23 39  −16 4 9 10 29 41  −12

Last updated: 13 January 2019.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by round[edit]

Matchday12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundHAAHAHHAHAAHAHHAHAAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
ResultDWDLLLLDLLDDDLDLDLWLDWDLWLLWLLDLLDDLLLWLDDDLLW
Position156612192020212223232323232224242422232321222221242422232323232424242424242323232324242424
Source: 11v11.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

The fixtures for the 2017–18 season were released on 21 June 2017.[13]

FA Cup[edit]

In the FA Cup, Sunderland entered the competition in the third round and were drawn away to Middlesbrough.[14]

EFL Cup[edit]

On 16 June 2017, Sunderland were drawn away to Bury in the first round.[15][16] A trip to Carlisle United was announced for the second round.[17] A third away trip in the competition against Everton was drawn for the third round.[18]

Squad statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

The list is sorted by league goals and then shirt number when total goals are equal.

  • = Player left club mid-season

Last updated on 30 May 2018.

Rnk Pos No. Player Championship FA Cup EFL Cup Total
1 FW 11 England Lewis Grabban 12 0 0 12
2 MF 19 Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady 7 0 0 7
MF 26 England George Honeyman 6 0 1 7
4 MF 4 Northern Ireland Paddy McNair 5 0 0 5
5 FW 29 Sweden Joel Asoro 3 0 0 3
6 DF 3 Costa Rica Bryan Oviedo 2 0 0 2
FW 9 England James Vaughan* 2 0 0 2
FW 9 England Ashley Fletcher 2 0 0 2
MF 27 United States Lynden Gooch 1 0 1 2
10 DF 2 England Billy Jones 1 0 0 1
MF 6 England Lee Cattermole 1 0 0 1
MF 7 Wales Jonny Williams 1 0 0 1
MF 8 England Jack Rodwell 1 0 0 1
MF 13 England Callum McManaman 1 0 0 1
DF 16 Republic of Ireland John O'Shea 1 0 0 1
FW 20 Nigeria Josh Maja 1 0 0 1
DF 21 Wales Adam Matthews 1 0 0 1
MF 53 England Ovie Ejaria 1 0 0 1
DF 22 Scotland Donald Love 0 0 1 1
Own Goals 3 0 3 1
Total 52 0 3 55

Appearances and goals[edit]

Last updated on 7 May 2018.[19][20][21]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup EFL Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Jason Steele 18 0 15 0 1 0 2 0
2 DF England Billy Jones 24 1 19+3 1 1 0 1 0
3 DF Costa Rica Bryan Oviedo 36 2 31+3 2 1 0 1 0
4 DF Northern Ireland Paddy McNair 16 5 12+4 5 0 0 0 0
6 MF England Lee Cattermole 35 1 34+1 1 0 0 0 0
7 MF Wales Jonny Williams 13 1 7+5 1 0+1 0 0 0
8 MF England Jack Rodwell 3 1 1+1 1 1 0 0 0
9 FW England Ashley Fletcher 16 2 15+1 2 0 0 0 0
11 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua 6 0 0+6 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK Northern Ireland Lee Camp 12 0 11+1 0 0 0 0 0
13 MF England Callum McManaman 26 1 13+11 1 0+1 0 1 0
14 MF England Duncan Watmore 6 0 4+2 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF England Brendan Galloway 8 0 5+2 0 1 0 0 0
16 DF Republic of Ireland John O'Shea 40 1 34+3 1 2 0 1 0
18 DF England Tyias Browning 29 0 26+1 0 1 0 1 0
19 MF Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady 37 7 28+7 7 1+1 0 0 0
20 FW England Josh Maja 18 1 6+11 1 0 0 1 0
21 DF Wales Adam Matthews 37 1 25+9 1 3 0 0 0
22 DF Scotland Donald Love 14 1 11 0 2 1 1 0
23 DF Ivory Coast Lamine Koné 26 0 24 0 1+1 0 0 0
25 GK Netherlands Robbin Ruiter 21 0 20 0 1 0 0 0
26 MF England George Honeyman 45 7 37+5 6 2 1 1 0
27 MF United States Lynden Gooch 27 2 12+12 1 2+1 1 0 0
28 MF England Ethan Robson 11 0 6+3 0 0+1 0 1 0
29 FW Sweden Joel Asoro 29 3 11+15 3 1+1 0 0+1 0
35 DF England Jake Clarke-Salter 11 0 8+3 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF Republic of Ireland Marc Wilson 22 0 20+1 0 0 0 1 0
37 MF England Bali Mumba 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
40 MF England Elliot Embleton 3 0 0+2 0 0 0 0+1 0
41 DF England Denver Hume 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
52 MF England Luke Molyneux 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
53 MF England Ovie Ejaria 11 1 9+2 1 0 0 0 0
Players who have played for Sunderland this season but are currently out on loan:
5 DF Senegal Papy Djilobodji 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
10 MF Tunisia Wahbi Khazri 5 0 0+3 0 2 0 0 0
17 MF Gabon Didier N'Dong 21 0 16+2 0 3 0 0 0
Players who have played for Sunderland this season but have left the club:
9 FW England James Vaughan 27 2 15+8 2 1+2 0 0+1 0
11 FW England Lewis Grabban 20 12 18+1 12 1 0 0 0
24 MF Republic of Ireland Darron Gibson 18 0 12+3 0 3 0 0 0

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 30 September 2017
No. Pos. Name Championship FA Cup EFL Cup Total
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card
1 GK Jason Steele 1                 1  
3 DF Bryan Oviedo 2                 2  
5 DF Papy Djilobodji             1     1  
6 MF Lee Cattermole 2                 2  
7 MF Jonny Williams 1                 1  
8 MF Jack Rodwell 1                 1  
9 FW James Vaughan 3           1     4  
10 MF Wahbi Khazri 1           2     3  
15 DF Brendan Galloway 2                 2  
17 MF Didier N'Dong 1           1     2  
18 DF Tyias Browning 1           1     2  
19 RW Aiden McGeady 2                 2  
23 DF Lamine Koné 2                 2  
24 MF Darron Gibson             1     1  
27 MF Lynden Gooch 1                 1  
36 DF Marc Wilson 1                 1  
Total 21 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 28 0 0

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
13 July 2017 LW Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady England Everton £250,000 [22]
13 July 2017 ST England James Vaughan England Bury £500,000 [22]
26 July 2017 GK England Jason Steele England Blackburn Rovers £500,000 [23]
2 August 2017 GK Netherlands Robbin Ruiter Netherlands Utrecht Free [24]
31 August 2017 CB Republic of Ireland Marc Wilson England AFC Bournemouth Free [25]
31 August 2017 LW England Callum McManaman England West Bromwich Albion Free [26]
25 January 2018 LW Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua England Brighton & Hove Albion Free [27]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Until Ref.
5 July 2017 LB England Brendan Galloway England Everton 30 June 2018 [28]
8 July 2017 RB England Tyias Browning England Everton 30 June 2018 [29]
26 July 2017 ST England Lewis Grabban England AFC Bournemouth 5 January 2018 [30]
31 August 2017 AM Wales Jonny Williams England Crystal Palace 30 June 2018 [31]
8 January 2018 CB England Jake Clarke-Salter England Chelsea 30 June 2018 [32]
31 January 2018 CM England Ovie Ejaria England Liverpool 30 June 2018 [33]
31 January 2018 ST England Ashley Fletcher England Middlesbrough 30 June 2018 [34]
31 January 2018 GK Northern Ireland Lee Camp England Cardiff City 30 June 2018

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 CB England Joleon Lescott Free agent Released [35]
1 July 2017 DM Germany Jan Kirchhoff Free agent Released [35]
1 July 2017 CM Sweden Sebastian Larsson England Hull City Free [35]
1 July 2017 RW England Will Buckley England Bolton Wanderers Free [36]
1 July 2017 LW South Africa Steven Pienaar South Africa Bidvest Wits Free [35]
1 July 2017 ST Nigeria Victor Anichebe China Beijing Enterprises Free [37]
1 July 2017 GK England Jordan Pickford England Everton £30,000,000 [38]
1 July 2017 ST England Jermain Defoe England AFC Bournemouth Free [39]
19 July 2017 GK Italy Vito Mannone England Reading £2,000,000 [40]
12 January 2018 GK Portugal Mika Free agent Released [41]
12 January 2018 FW England James Vaughan England Wigan Athletic £300,000 [42]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Position Nationality Name To Until Ref.
1 July 2017 LW Italy Fabio Borini Italy Milan 30 June 2018 [43]
7 August 2017 RW Netherlands Jeremain Lens Turkey Beşiktaş 30 June 2018 [44]
30 August 2017 CB England Michael Ledger England Hartlepool United 30 June 2018 [45]
31 August 2017 GK Poland Max Stryjek England Accrington Stanley 18 January 2018 [46]
31 August 2017 CB Senegal Papy Djilobodji France Dijon 30 June 2018 [47]
31 August 2017 AM Tunisia Wahbi Khazri France Rennes 30 June 2018 [48]
20 October 2017 ST England Andrew Nelson England Harrogate Town 17 November 2017 [49]
2 January 2018 Scotland Falkirk End of season [50]
7 December 2017 GK Republic of Ireland James Talbot England Darlington 30 June 2018 [51]
20 January 2018 DF Australia Tom Beadling Scotland Dunfermline Athletic 30 June 2018 [52]
31 January 2018 MF Gabon Dider Ndong England Watford 30 June 2018 [53]

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