It’s been mooted to be in the pipeline for a while now, but production company Fulwell73 have finally confirmed that they are making a behind-the-scenes documentary centred around Sunderland’s godawful 2017/18 season.
Similar to Man City’s ‘All Or Nothing’ Amazon jaunt, the eight-part Netflix series – entitled ‘Sunderland Til I Die’ – will focus on the pain and the capitulation brought about by the Black Cats’ back-to-back relegation from the Championship down into League One.
Having been relegated from the Premier League the previous year, Sunderland responded by playing dead for a year as the club plopped into the third tier for the first time in 30 years.
Finally able to announce that we are indeed making an 8 part series with @netflix that followed @SunderlandAFC through last season called “Sunderland Til I Die”, lots more info to follow! pic.twitter.com/kz8SI6RFsR
— Fulwell 73 (@Fulwell73) 23 August 2018
The banterous 2017/18 campaign takes in Simon Grayson being sacked 15 minutes after full-time, Chris Coleman’s thankless task thereafter, owner Ellis Short attempting to sell the club for nothing, a tipsy Darron Gibson calling the club “f**king shite” while arguing with fans in a pub and Darron Gibson getting pinched for drink-driving for the second time in three years.
There’s also other entertaining miscellanea such as a Newcastle supporter winning his rival club’s half-time competition and then celebrating like Alan Shearer in front of the Stadium of Light crowd, and one Sunderland fan staging an actual dirty protest up in the terraces after a 3-1 home defeat against Reading.
Unlike City’s shiny exercise in anodyne corporate propaganda, ‘Sunderland Til I Die’ will be doubtlessly well worth a watch.