New Ownership

On 18th February 2021, the English Football League announced it had approved a transfer of overall control of Sunderland AFC to Kyril Louis-Dreyfus. The appropriate changes have been registered with Companies House.

A club statement confirmed :

Louis-Dreyfus becomes the club’s new Chairman with immediate effect, with Stewart Donald, Juan Sartori and Charlie Methven each retaining a minority shareholding.

Stewart Donald said: “I am delighted to welcome Kyril Louis-Dreyfus to the club as our new chairman and controlling shareholder. Kyril’s commitment, acumen and integrity convinced us to accept his proposal. His vision and desire to bring success back to Sunderland was obvious from the outset and his bid is the one that we feel gives the club the best chance of long-term success and sustainability.

“When we entered into negotiations with Ellis Short three years ago, Sunderland was nearly £200 million in debt, was losing £35 million per annum, and had all but been relegated to League One. Our plan was to work hard to turn around the finances of the club, put it on a stable footing and to get promoted back into the Championship. I am proud to say that we have achieved what we set out to in terms of SAFC’s finances – the club is debt-free, was breaking even prior to the pandemic and has retained its Category One Academy status. However, it is no secret that – despite spending the highest transfer fees and playing wages in League One history – progress on the pitch has not followed suit. That has been a bitter disappointment for us as owners, and we can only apologise for falling short in this regard.

“Whilst we certainly made mistakes, everything was done with the best of intentions with the view to deliver this aim, but we just fell short and in football, unfortunately, a miss is as good as a mile. However, with the club just having booked its third Wembley final in three seasons and still being in the hunt for promotion, the foundations are set for better times.  We hope and believe that the new management team, with Kyril at its head, can finally complete the turnaround and get the club climbing the divisions once again.”

Louis-Dreyfus commented: “I would like to thank Stewart, the Board of Directors and the EFL for their diligence and support throughout the recent process. I am proud to become a custodian of this esteemed institution, but I also recognise the significant responsibility that comes with it. Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Sunderland AFC’s history and although the current landscape facing football dictates that there are challenges to overcome, I am confident that together we can weather the present storm and put solid foundations in place to bring sustainable and long-term success to the club.”

New Season

The EFL has now announced the fixtures for the 2020/21 Season and Sunderland’s can be seen in full at :

https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2020/august/2020-21-league-one-fixtures

The first three fixtures will be behind closed doors but there is potentially a bonus for London Branch members in the away game against Charlton on Saturday 3rd October.

If the Government allow stadia to open to reduced capacities in October then this could be the first game when fans are able to watch the team live. This will of course depend on the arrangements Charlton are able to agree with their local Licensing Committee and indeed whether, for safety and travel reasons, a proportion of away fans are included in their Covid-safe arrangements.

SAFC have had discussions with supporter representatives about opening up the Stadium of Light and further details on this, potentially for the home game on 10th October, will be announced when available.

Ticket Refunds

Sunderland AFC would like to thank supporters for their continued patience and advise them of the following details relating to the 2019-20 refund process.

As previously announced, all season card holders are entitled to a pro-rata refund for the club’s cancelled home fixtures against Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley and Peterborough United. 

And supporters that purchased single match tickets for the club’s remaining games – home and away – are entitled to a full refund. 

The refund process will take place via the following phases: 

PHASE ONE: Home match tickets – 6 July ‘til 17 July
PHASE TWO: 
Away match tickets – 27 July ‘til 7 August
PHASE THREE: 
Season cards – 17 August ‘til 28 August

If a supporter is eligible for a refund, a credit balance will be applied to the ‘Account Cashback’ section within their online ticketing account in line with the dates above. 

This process applies to all ticket purchases, including those made in person, by cash payment and via Direct Debit. 

After logging in, supporters must enter the bank details they wish to use for the refund transaction before the expiry of each phase, after which point all cashback refunds will be processed. 

Meanwhile, our commercial team are currently in the process of contacting our commercial clients in order to talk through the options available to them. 

The Stadium of Light Box Office remains closed to the public and further information regarding its re-opening will be announced in due course.

We would like to once again thank supporters for their continued patience and understanding throughout what remains an incredibly challenging time for us all.

Coventry Game Tickets

Coventry City v. Sunderland

Sunday 1st March at Birmingham’s St. Andrews Stadium, kick-off 12 noon


The 3000 tickets made available for this game will be on sale as follows :

Season Card Holders with 25 or more Black Cat Points may buy tickets between 9.00 a.m. on Monday 10th February and 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday 11th February.

Season Card Holders with 10 or more Black Cat Points may buy tickets between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday 12th February.

All Season Card Holders and Members may buy tickets between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Thursday 13th February.

General Sale of remaining tickets will commence at 9.00 a.m. on Friday 14th February.

Tickets are priced at :

Adults £20; Over 60s, Under 22s, Students with NUS Cards and Armed Forces £15; Under 18s £10

Applications for tickets can be made by using the online system at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/safc/ or by contacting the club on 0191-551 5004. (Visa, Mastercard, Delta and Switch cards are accepted for which a transaction charge and postage charge will be levied.) Alternatively, tickets can be obtained from the Stadium of Light ticket office, by fax on 0191 551 5150 or in writing to ‘Sales, PO BOX 165, Sunderland SR5 1WF’






Oxford United Tickets

Oxford United v. Sunderland

Saturday 15th February 2020 ; kick-off 3.00 p.m.


The 1800 tickets made available for this game will be on sale as follows :

Season Card Holders with 50 or more Black Cat Points may buy tickets between 9.00 a.m. on Thursday 23rd January and 4.30 p.m. on Friday 24th January.

Season Card Holders with 30 or more Black Cat Points may buy tickets between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Monday 27th January.

Season Card Holders with 10 or more Black Cat Points may buy tickets between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday 28th January.

All Season Card Holders and Members may buy tickets between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday 29th January.

General Sale of remaining tickets will commence at 9.00 a.m. on Thursday 30th January.

Tickets are priced at :

Adults £24; O65s £17; Under 22s £16; Under 18s £14 ; Under 13s £10 ; Under 7s £6

Applications for tickets can be made by using the online system at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/safc/ or by contacting the club on 0191-551 5004. (Visa, Mastercard, Delta and Switch cards are accepted for which a transaction charge and postage charge will be levied.) Alternatively, tickets can be obtained from the Stadium of Light ticket office, by fax on 0191 551 5150 or in writing to ‘Sales, PO BOX 165, Sunderland SR5 1WF’