James Gillespie contributed the most goals in the 1896-1897 Football League Division 1 season netting 10 (0.3 goals per game). With a goalscoring average of 1.1 goals per game the Black Cats netted a total of 21 goals at Newcastle Road conceding 21 (0), away from home scoring 13 and conceding 26 (-13) with an away goalscoring average of 0.4 and an overall goalscoring average of 1.1 goals per game.
The season finished in 1897 with 7 wins, a win ratio of 23.33%, the Sunderland AFC faithful at Newcastle Road enjoyed 4 wins and the travelling support saw 3.
Of the 30 games played the Black Cats managed 9 draws by the end of the 1896-1897 season, 6 at Newcastle Road and 3 away from home.
In total SAFC lost 14 games, 5 games lost at Newcastle Road (21 goals conceded) and 9 games lost away (26 goals conceded).