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This book seeks to discover whether the 1912/13 Sunderland team were the best to ever wear the red and white stripes. That season the Rokerites came the closest to winning the coveted league and cup double, yet the names of Albert Milton, Frank Cuggy, Jackie Mordue and the rest of Sunderland’s league champions and FA Cup finalists that season have long since been forgotten by many. This book looks at the matches and the characters that shaped an immensely successful season for Sunderland AFC and its followers as well as the political, economic and social turmoil of pre-war Britain.


Paul Days and Mark Metcalf are both Sunderland season ticket holders. Together they collaborated on the acclaimed ‘Total Football: Sunderland AFC 1935-37’ - published in 2008. Paul is the author of Sunderland AFC: The Official History and The Sunderland Miscellany, while Mark has penned the biographies of Black Cat legends Charlie Hurley and Stan Anderson and is a prolific writer of football books.

He currently freelances for national newspapers in between writing his second book.

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