great piece in the Mirror entitled "simply the
worst" detailing exactly how statistically rotten the mackems
Sunderland are poised to be record breakers eight times over after
a miserable streak that would have challenged even the statistical
powers of Norris McWhirter and the late Roy Castle.
"We have got some horrible records attached to us now and
it could get worse."
The words of Mick McCarthy - possibly referring to "Jack's
Army" the Italia '90 Irish world cup song - the worst record
he'd ever been involved in, until now.....
SEASON OF DESPAIR AT
STADIUM OF LIGHT
Premiership record this season:
P 38 W 4 D 7 L27 F21
A65 Pts 19
Last League win:
Beat Liverpool 2-1 on December 15 2002
Last League point:
Drew 0-0 with Blackburn on January 11 2003
Lowest points total
Watford, 24 in 1999-2000. Sunderland, 19.
Lowest goals total:
Leeds, 28 in 1996-97. Sunderland, scored 21.
Lowest number of
Swindon, 5 in 42 games in 1993-94. Sunderland, 4.
Leicester eight in 2000-01. Sunderland now 15.
Most own goals in
Three against Charlton in 3-1 defeat.
Longest run of
defeats: Was 9 in all competitions (November 23 1976 to
January 15 1977). Current squad have 13 in a row in all competitions
(February 8 2003-today), and 15 in a row in league (January 18-today).
Longest run without a
win: Was 14 games. Current squad have not won a game inside
90 minutes for 25 games since beating Liverpool on December 15.
Counting FA Cup games they last won in open play 18 games ago, beating
Bolton 2-0 in extra-time in the FA Cup third round (January 14), and
triumphed over Blackburn on penalties in the next round (February 5) 13
Worst start as
manager: Was Lawrie McMenemy who lost first 5 games and was
without a win in his first 7. Mick McCarthy has lost his first 9.
It could get even
worse: Worst losing streak in history of English league
football is 18 games, set by Darwen in Division Two in 1898-99.
If Sunderland lost their first three in Division One next season, they
will equal that record.