Craig Russell contributed the most goals in the 1996-1997 FA Carling Premiership season netting 4 (0.1 goals per game). With a goalscoring average of 0.9 goals per game the Rokerites netted a total of 20 goals at Roker Park conceding 18 (2), away from home scoring 15 and conceding 35 (-20) with an away goalscoring average of 0.4 and an overall goalscoring average of 0.9 goals per game.
The season finished in 1997 with 10 wins, a win ratio of 26.32%, the Sunderland AFC faithful at Roker Park enjoyed 7 wins and the travelling support saw 3.
Of the 38 games played the Rokerites managed 10 draws by the end of the 1996-1997 season, 6 at Roker Park and 4 away from home.
In total SAFC lost 18 games, 6 games lost at Roker Park (18 goals conceded) and 12 games lost away (35 goals conceded).