Monsieur Salut introduces the full fixtures list for next season, starting with Charlton at home, remembers an ambitious pre-match request from Boy George (a Charlton fan) and reproduces the will-we-go-up? poll …
It’s hardly Man City at the Etihad or even Derby County at the Stadium of Light.
But at least Sunderland’s unwelcome visit to the third tier, for only the second time in club history, kicks off with a home game and the opposition is Charlton Athletic, beaten playoff semifinalists last season.
With that element of importance – big club negotiating troubled waters versus once biggish club, both trying to recreate past glory – comes a first taste of televised action for Sunderland in the 2018-2019 League One season. The game has been switched to a 1230pm kickoff.
Most of us of a certain age have seen plenty of Sunderland versus Charlton over the years, at Roker Park or the SoL and at the Valley. I recall spotting Boy George, a Charlton fan, at the Seaburn hotel before one home encounter a few years ago.
Photo by By Dean Stockings [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Memory tells me it was the one we won 3-2 in May 2001, the last home tie of our second Premier League seventh-top season under Peter Reid. I remember with at least as much accuracy what vegetable he wanted served with his lunch, and didn’t get: fresh, steamed broccoli. “You’ll be lucky,” said my wife, behind him at the bar as he ordered.
After the Aug 4 picture, two divisions lower than in those days, SAFC travel to Luton while the Carabao (League) Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday has been moved to Thursday 16 Aug (also at home, also to be televised). The season ends with a trip to Southend on May 4. Promotion party at the seaside? We’ll see.
Here is the full list, with all games as usual liable to be switched. The link for season tickets (I still cannot bring myself to call them season cards) is https://www.safc.com/tickets/season-cards-1819:
Sat Aug 4 Charlton Athletic (H)
Sat Aug 11 Luton Town (A)
Sat Aug 18 Scunthorpe United (H)
Tue Aug 21 Gillingham (A)
Sat Aug 25 AFC Wimbledon (A)
Sat Sep 1 Oxford United (H)
Sat Sep 8 Fleetwood Town (H)
Sat Sep 15 Burton Albion (A)
Sat Sep 22 Rochdale (H)
Sat Sep 29 Coventry City (A)
Tue Oct 2 Peterborough United (H)
Sat Oct 6 Bradford City (A)
Sat Oct 13 Blackpool (H)
Sat Oct 20 Shrewsbury Town (A)
Tue Oct 23 Doncaster Rovers (A)
Sat Oct 27 Southend United (H)
Sat Nov 3 Plymouth Argyle (A)
Sat Nov 17 Wycombe Wanderers (H)
Sat Nov 24 Walsall (A)
Tue Nov 27 Barnsley (H)
Sat Dec 8 Accrington Stanley (A)
Sat Dec 15 Bristol Rovers (H)
Sat Dec 22 Portsmouth (A)
Wed Dec 26 Bradford City H
Sat Dec 29 Shrewsbury Town (H)
Tue Jan 1 Blackpool (A)
Sat Jan 5 Charlton Athletic (A)
Sat Jan 12 Luton Town (H)
Sat Jan 19 Scunthorpe United (A)
Sat Jan 26 Gillingham (H)
Sat Feb 2 AFC Wimbledon (H)
Sat Feb 9 Oxford United (A)
Sat Feb 16 Accrington Stanley (H)
Sat Feb 23 Bristol Rovers (A)
Sat Mar 2 Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sat Mar 9 Wycombe Wanderers (A)
Tue Mar 12 Barnsley (A)
Sat Mar 16 Walsall (H)
Sat Mar 23 Fleetwood Town (A)
Sat Mar 30 Burton Albion (H)
Sat Apr 6 Rochdale (A)
Sat Apr 13 Coventry City (H)
Fri Apr 19 Doncaster Rovers (H)
Mon Apr 22 Peterborough United (A)
Sat Apr 27 Portsmouth (H)
Sat May 4 Southend United (A)
* Photo by Mrs Logic: her images of Wearside and the North East generally are a constant source of inspiration and have often been published, with her consent, at Salut! Sunderland. To see more, start at this Flickr link.