Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Sunderland make history...

Sunderland make history...

Not for the last time this season Sunderland have made Premiership history. When Mike Riley decided to halt proceedings due to the weather in the match against Fulham the other day, this was the first time ever in Premiership history.

Never before had a Premiership game had been abandoned due to the weather. While three games have been halted by floodlight failure in the league's 14-year history, never had the elements resulted in a match being abandonned.

It was also the first time a match had been abandonned at the Stadium of Light since it opened in 1997.

However, match official Mike Riley believes the decision was the correct one, and desputes claims the match should never have started,

'We thought we would get the game started in the hope it might clear up, but the longer the game went on you could see the ball was not rolling and the players could not keep their footing.

'The likelihood was that someone would get injured. We tried to carry on, but conditions did not improve and we had to stop the game. Both managers said it was the right decision.

'The players on both sides were unhappy with the conditions.'

However by this time an injury had already occured, with suggestions that Rory Delap's collision with George McCartney was in fact due to the blizzard conditions. The Irish international, who has been one of Sunderland's star performers since arriving from Southampton, suffered a broken nose in the incident and was forced off.

Regarding this Riley continued,

'No-one mentioned to me on the pitch that the injury might have been caused by the conditions.

'Talking to people afterwards, they said it might have been a contributory factor. At the time, I saw two players going for the ball, slipping and colliding.

'It's the sort of thing that could have happened on a bright, sunny day in August, but it was obvious the underfoot conditions did not help.'

Delap is fighting to be fit for this Friday's trip to Manchester United, and boss Kevin Ball will be hoping the midfielder will recover in time to help Sunderland pull-off an unlikely win and put off relegation once again.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Wednesday April 12 2006
Time: 1:04PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Defoe's Get Out Of Jail Free Card

Defoe would almost certainly leave Sunderland in the event of Premier League relegation but this could come without the club gaining a penny from the likes of West Ham.

Watmore The Saviour

Watmore isn't going to be the saviour for Sunderland as he'll not play a part in our Premier League survival bid but that didn't stop him from saving three people in Barbados.

EFL Cup To Fast Track Video Assistance?

It's been reported this week that the Football Association could now fast track video assistant referee help for match day officials in the League Cup.

Officials - Watford v Sunderland (1/4/17)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Watford and Sunderland this Saturday.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Sunderland
Write For Vital Sunderland
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford v Sunderland
Suggested By:
Sunderland win50%
Watford win50%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 28 22 3 3 69 38
2 Spurs 28 17 8 3 59 34
3 Man City 28 17 6 5 57 24
4 Liverpool 29 16 8 5 56 25
5 Man Utd 27 14 10 3 52 19
6 Arsenal 27 15 5 7 50 22
7 Everton 29 14 8 7 50 21
8 WBA 29 12 7 10 43 1
9 Stoke 29 9 9 11 36 -9
10 Southampton 27 9 6 12 33 -3
11 AFC Bournemouth 29 9 6 14 33 -12
12 West Ham 29 9 6 14 33 -12
13 Burnley 29 9 5 15 32 -11
14 Watford 28 8 7 13 31 -15
15 Leicester City 28 8 6 14 30 -14
16 Crystal Palace 28 8 4 16 28 -10
17 Swansea 29 8 3 18 27 -27
18 Hull City 29 6 6 17 24 -32
19 Middlesbrough 28 4 10 14 22 -13
20 Sunderland 28 5 5 18 20 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 9 2017 1:30PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 15 2017 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 26 2017 7:45PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football