However, Moyes, who will be without Jermain Defoe because of a calf problem and Adnan Januzaj through suspension, has been pleased with elements of what he has seen from the £8m man and has been impressed with the attitude of a player who has been thrown in at the deep end since the unexpected departure of Younès Kaboul.

Sunderland's record home attendance is 75,200 for a sixth round replay FA Cup match against Derby County on 8 March 1933.[158]

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Moyes, who was less than impressed with the timing of the news, said: “He had the statutory checks with the cardiologists and the FA panel of cardiologists looked at it and advised us really late on Sunday that he should not play until further tests had taken place.

“It would have been worse if he was someone who was saying: ‘No, I’ve got nothing to do with this.’ He’s trying to improve himself, so for me that’s better that way that it is the other way.”

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The club has an official quarterly magazine, called the Legion of Light, which season ticket holders receive for no cost.[147] One of the club's current fanzine is A Love Supreme.[148] Others in the past have been It's The Hope I Can't Stand, It's An Easy One For Norman/It's An Easy One For Given, Sex and Chocolate, Wise Men Say and The Roker Roar (later The Wearside Roar).[149]

“Cardiologists who sit on the FA Consensus Panel are hugely respected and vastly experienced specialists who place the patient at the very centre of their care and their only concern will be in regard to the well-being of that individual.”

A Sunderland supporter, Billy Morris, took a black cat in his top pocket as a good luck charm to the 1937 FA Cup final in which Sunderland brought home the trophy for the first time.[159] During the 1960s a black cat lived in Roker Park, fed and watered by the football club.[159] Since the 1960s the emblem of the Sunderland A.F.C. Supporters Association has been a black cat.[162]

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The late 1950s saw a sharp downturn in Sunderland's fortunes, and the club was once again implicated in a major financial scandal in 1957.[17] Found guilty of making payments to players in excess of the maximum wage, they were fined £5,000 (£109,000 today), and their chairman and three directors were suspended.[16][33][34] The following year, Sunderland were relegated from the highest division for the first time in their 68-year league history.[35]

The Sunderland manager, David Moyes, cited “medical reasons” after the game but would not elaborate, although he revealed on Tuesday morning that Van Aanholt was stood down after medical chiefs had looked at the results of regulation cardiology tests and decided further investigation was required.

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Patrick van Aanholt could return to action on Wednesday night after being withdrawn from the Sunderland team at the last minute on the advice of heart specialists.

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“We are just surprised that the FA panel didn’t contact me or contact my doctor until 3.55pm on Sunday afternoon. I have never in my career been put in a situation like that ever, so we had that to deal with.

However, following England's disappointing performance at Euro 2016, on 22 July 2016 Allardyce was appointed the new England manager, replacing Roy Hodgson. The following day, David Moyes was announced as Allardyce's replacement as Sunderland manager.[120]

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The point was won in a match against Middlesbrough, and they finished in fifteenth place.[24] Halliday improved his goal scoring to 43 goals in 42 games the following season,[25] an all-time Sunderland record for goals scored in a single season.[26]

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Sunderland won their first FA Cup in 1937 with a 3–1 victory over Preston North End, and remained in the top league for 68 successive seasons until they were relegated for the first time in 1958. Sunderland's most notable trophy after the Second World War was their second FA Cup in 1973, when the club secured a 1–0 victory over Leeds United. The team has won the second tier title five times in that period and the third tier title once.

Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt was pulled out of the 1-0 loss at Tottenham because of "medical advice from cardiologists".

The following are the honours Sunderland have achieved since their foundation in 1879.[173][174][175]

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The 26-year-old full-back found himself at the centre of a whirl of speculation at Tottenham on Sunday afternoon when after being sent out to warm up, he was told he would not be playing after all.

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“On occasion, clubs may seek independent advice on a player’s cardiac health from an expert cardiologist who sits on the FA Consensus Panel, which is an expert body in this area.

He said: “Yes, we know he has made a few mistakes, but to be fair to the boy, he’s accepted them.

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“We just can’t understand why the message would come to us at that time, 30 minutes before the kick-off.”