Sunderland AFC transfer news LIVE: Club release ticket details outside Gillingham as Benji Kimpioka goes on loan


The Black Cats make the long trip to Portsmouth on Saturday in a bid to extend their early lead atop League One.

Lee Johnson’s men have beaten Cheltenham Town five times in the middle of the week to maintain their strong start to the season.

Ross Stewart scored twice for the Black Cats after Bailey Wright’s first game header to put the hosts in full control at half-time.

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Second-half goals from Luke O’Nien and substitute Leon Dajaku, his first for the club, then put even more shine on the score.

The result put Johnson’s side atop the third tier table after nine games, with Wigan failing to beat Sheffield on Wednesday at the DW Stadium.

Johnson spoke to the press Wednesday ahead of the trip to Fratton Park.

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Last update: Friday October 01st, 2021, 12:42 PM

  • Sunderland striker Benji Kimpioka has joined Southend United on loan
  • The Black Cats beat Cheltenham Town 5-0 on Tuesday night at the Stadium of Light in League One
  • The Wearsiders return to action in level three against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday

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Gillingham Shock Ticket Details via

Tickets for the next trip from Sunderland to Gillingham will go on sale from 10 a.m. on Friday October 1 for season card holders with over 45 BCP.

Lee Johnson’s side will travel to Kent on Saturday, October 16 at 3 p.m. in their next away Championship game after Saturday’s trip to Fratton Park.

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We released TWO podcasts this week!

Hear from Sunderland Echo writers Phil Smith and Joe Nicholson in the first of our podcasts recorded earlier this week.

Our second podcast features Black Cats fans Dave Lawrence and Michael Bowers!

They both listen perfectly before the trip to Portsmouth!

Connor Wickham undergoes surgery

Former Black Cats forward Connor Wickham underwent surgery just weeks on signing a deal with Preston North End.

The forward underwent surgery to repair a damaged hamstring.

The former Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday man suffered an injury minutes after his full debut against Cheltenham in the Carabao Cup.

Wickham had made a replacement championship appearance for the North End before the injury.

He was grabbed from behind by a challenge as his leg was fully extended, causing damage to the upper hamstring of his right leg.

After seeing a specialist, Whickham underwent surgery on the injury and posted on Instagram.

He said: “To say I’m gutted is an understatement but I’m grateful to have been in the hands of the best, the operation was a success and I’m already on my way home.

“I know I will give whatever I get on the pitch as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who contacted us in recent days. I really like CW21.

Wickham signed a four-month contract at North End earlier this month, after training with them as an experimenter in a bid to secure a deal.

He enjoyed a four-campaign stint at the Stadium of Light – with loans to Leeds United and Sheffield on Wednesday in between – following an £ 8million transfer from Ipswich Town in 2011.

The fees broke Ipswich’s record for transfer fees recovered and broke the transfer record for an EFL player moving to a Premier League club at the time.

What a player he was for Sunderland!

Blackburn Rovers were interested in Frederik Alves as defender opens up on Sunderland switch and David Moyes post

Frederik Alves, on loan at West Ham, has revealed the conversations he had with David Moyes before his move to Sunderland.

There were offers for Alves of NY Red Bulls, Blackburn and several other championship clubs over the summer.

But after speaking directly with former Black Cats boss Moyes, the Danish defender opted to move to Wearside to join head coach Lee Johnson.

Alves had trained with West Ham’s first team for the six months leading up to his summer move, with the Sunderland loaner attempting to gain minutes before returning to fight for his place in London.

The 21-year-old center-back made his Sunderland debut against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup last month and started in the next round against Wigan Athletic.

The Denmark Under-21 international also came on in the second half as Johnson’s men beat Cheltenham Town by five on Tuesday night.

Alves, however, is keen to learn in League One and has spoken to a Danish outlet. on the move to the Stadium of Light.

“Moyes and I agreed Sunderland was a better place for me.

“For every home game there are around 30,000 spectators and I am part of a team that is not tight.

“We would love to be at the top of the league, and that would give me the opportunity to play and get off to a good start next season.

“The main reason is that I have to have playing time and with the playing time the goal is for me to have significant experience and get to know English football.”


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