Facing pressure from passionate supporters, Sunderland begin a new season in the second tier of English football following a disappointing relegation.
After a promising start to the season, the roster’s lack of depth is exposed. With money short, the team scrambles for help in the transfer window.
Frustration mounts among the players and fans as the team falls into the relegation zone, leaving manager Simon Grayson in a precarious position.
A major shakeup brings renewed hope to the Stadium of Light, but as Christmas approaches, the team still seeks its first home win of the year.
The winter transfer window proves difficult when ownership refuses to put money in the club and a rarely used player collects on a massive contract.
Injuries mount as the team struggles to move clear of the relegation zone, but a key player's return to the lineup could provide a spark.
Desperation kicks in as the season winds down. A familiar face returns in an opposing jersey, while a current player makes an unfortunate mistake.
With organizational upheaval on the horizon, coaches, players and staff consider their futures as fans pledge to stand behind the "lads" forever.
New owner Stewart Donald and director Charlie Methven begin the arduous task of bringing the club out of financial ruin while succeeding on the field.
Stewart’s frustrations with agents mount during the club’s contract negotiations with key players, including young goal-scoring leader Josh Maja.
Amid concerns about the front office culture, Charlie puts an aggressive marketing plan in place to draw the largest crowd in third division history.
In need of a striker to bolster the club's promotion bid, Stewart races against time to sign a key player by the January transfer deadline.
The team's run to a trophy final at Wembley Stadium brings pride and excitement to the long-suffering fans, who travel in huge numbers to London.
A singular focus on promotion consumes the players, management and fans, who don't want to endure another season in League One.