Sunderland ‘Til I Die – Preview
With the many football documentaries spawning at present, such as ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’ and ‘First Team: Juventus’, Sunderland Association Football Club is getting their own series, released on Netflix on December, 14.
The documentary follows SAFC in a ‘fly on the wall’ type fashion, filming their catastrophic, 2017/18 ‘double relegation’ season in the Sky Bet English Championship that had followed their exit from the Premier League.
It also follows the story of the loyal fans, who, no matter how bad it gets for them, stick with the club through thick and thin and never leave its side. The trailer suggests they’ve turned their love for football into a sort of religion, with priests and supporters praying ‘for Sunderland and our city’ in what looks like Sunday Mass, showing the love that the community has for their team and the sport.
Using a mix of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of dressing room team talks and training sessions, the documentary looks to be a great watch for any avid football fan, regardless of whether they support Sunderland, as it follows the prides, pains and passions of a doomed campaign.
This may not be a easy pill to swallow (and a nightmare some fans may not want to sit through again) but as an insight into the club during its darkest time, it should be on the must-watch list for the toughest SAFC fans.