It’s happened again. It’s happened again! For the second consecutive season, Sunderland AFC has been relegated. It official after the Black Cats surrendered a 1-0 lead in the final five minutes against Burton Albion to lose 2-1 at the ironically named Stadium of Light. It will play in the EFL League One next fall, England’s third football division.
Sunderland has only dropped to the English third division once in 1987, and the club won promotion the following year. The club had never suffered relegation in consecutive years. And the club looks likely to finish at the bottom of the table for a second straight year.
Newcastle locals have been quick to mock the Wearsiders for their insults in 2016 following the Magpies relegation. Defender Paul Dummett even joined in.
As this Guardian article points out in fantastic detail, these are harrowing times for the Black Cats. Sunderland pulled off several stunning escapes to avoid relegation over the past decade. But the club did nothing to fix its issues, and Father Time has struck with a vengeance. Unless new ownership revitalizes Sunderland, the Tyne-Wear Derby might be over as we know it.