Welcome to the official home of the Sunderland Former Players Association.
The Sunderland Former Players Association was founded in 1999 and, from the outset, it was established that every player who had been a professional with Sunderland AFC would be welcomed as a member. The Association decided it was important to recognise every ex-player, not just those who had played in the first team. That approach has proved very successful and membership now stands at over 150, including quite a few ex-players who live overseas. The recent introduction of professional women's football has resulted in membership becoming available to anyone who has been a profession with the Club Ladies team.
Sunderland supporters are widely recognised as being tremendously loyal and helpful to the Club and players. The ex-players who founded the Association appreciate this and have made it a priority to reach out to help, wherever possible, local (and in some cases, national) charities and good causes. To date at least £40,000 has been raised and donated to, for example, The Tilly Lockey Appeal, Grace House, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and Guide Dogs for the Blind. In addition the Association provides an annual Christmas treat for approximately 40 youngsters who take on the responsibility of caring for family members. Individual ex-players also willingly attend award ceremonies and other fund raising events as representatives of the Association. Organisations are invited to contact us if they wish to involve a Former Player in any events or activities.
This website and our Facebook Page offer news about future events involving the ex-players as well as information and photographs (where available) of supporters and ex-players who have taken part in past activities. The two sites also gives access to a comprehensive archive of Sunderland Football Club and its players, and together provide a forum for fans and member to exchange views and answer direct questions.
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Sunderland Former Players were saddened to hear of the passing of Corny O'Donnell. Corny's Funeral arrangements are as follows:-
Friday 9 March, 11am St Augustines, Wealcroft, Felling NE10 8QS
12.00 Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Road, Gateshead, NE8 4TQ