Sassco organise non-regular football and basketball games in the region and regularly take part in overseas tours. The Sassco team used to take part competitively in regional leagues such as the Tyne & Wear League and the Wearside Combination Football League, but now no longer take an active role. The organisation also arranged a 6-a-side competition, which lasted for over ten years, but now take part in non-regular games and overseas futsal games.

Sassco - the name - was invented by John Hunt to encompass the various projects that the league had.

About the site

The original site was a simple holding page created using PageMill in 1999. However, with expansion, it changed into a frame based site, with the contents produced in Word.

Eventually in 2004, the site was converted to Dreamweaver and frames were abandoned. The look and feel of the site was re-designed and the elements remain to this day. The site was also widened to increase to 800px wide and eventually 1000px wide to cater for the new monitors. Now the site is responsive on mobile, tablet and desktop.

A radical overhaul was done during the summer of 2009. The site was converted into a content management system website. The core software was the Open Source Joomla software.

Another major update took place in 2012, with the site updated to the new Joomla version, as well as the addition of dedicated YouTube Channels and Facebook pages.

The current site is designed using the Favourite template and is now mobile friendly. The site is always in a constant state of "tidying up" and has old pages removed, archive sections arranged and so on.


Sassco 6-a-side took place in Downhill, North Sunderland from 1999 to 2011. The ethos of the competition was to take small sided football seriously. There was a ban on teams with ridiculous names and a strict kit rule was enforced. Added to this, the league provided customised footballs, a fully fledged website which became the focal point of the league and video recorded games which eventually made their way, fully titled, on YouTube, once the technology caught up.

A brief Season 17 was revived with three teams in 2015 and plans are to arrange a tournament in 2016. The Downhill Complex is now closed, so a different venue will be selected.

An 11-a-side team was a spin off from the six-a-side back in 2002. Made up of players exclusively from the 6-a-side leagues, the team had a difficult first season, dogged by financial worries in an expensive league. But a sponsorship deal with EMS Europe helped the funding and eventually the team levelled out with a core squad of some very loyal players. With two seasons behind them and an enforced break in 2004-2005, the team kicked of in the WCFL in August 2005 with the backing of global recruitment giant, Manpower. For 2006-2007, the new revived side, with sponsorship from Milltech (courtesy of Dave Watson) saw some superb results and a very content side who genuinely enjoyed their football.

In the 2007-2008 Season, the sponsor was MJS Claims. The team again finished mid-table in the lower division. In the 2008-2009 Season, the sponsor was iKobo. The team also finished in the top half of the table, but ultimately failed in it's goal of challenging for promotion.

The side had continued in the WCFL and iKobo became the first 11-a-side sponsor to renew it's deal with the team. The Bunker UK became the teams' last sponsor, before the team ceased to operate as a competitive team in 2010 and reverted to being a touring and pre-season team, playing tour games and friendly games. The team is due to play at the Stadium of Light in May 2016 as part of an event organised by Sunderland AFC.

The team also undertook it's first and ambitious overseas tour in Malta in 2008. It was such a success that another tour took place in Portugal in 2009, and subsequent small-sided (futsal) tours to Spain in 2010, Italy in 2011, Germany in 2012, France in 2013, Denmark in 2014 and the USA in 2015. The next tour is due to take place in Switzerland in 2016.

In 2010, the Sassco Lightning basketball team was also formed and took part in several exhibition games and continues to today. 

All the teams and leagues were based at the Community Sports Complex, more commonly known as the Downhill astroturf, located in North Sunderland.

Davinder Sangha
General Manager, December 2014

Season 20 League

Saturday Season 20 - 13th March 2018

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Season 20 to span a number of months After the resounding success from the recent Season 19 Tournament, the particpants requested more regular events.. Therefore the plan is to have a league containing four/five...Read More

Redhouse Fusion win Season 19…

Sassco Tournaments - 11th March 2018

Redhouse Fusion, Champions of Season 19

Slightly older, but worthy winners. The regular league at Downhill ended back in 2011 on a cold, wet and miserable February evening, concluding 17 seasons of weekly football. Since then, a small...Read More

Israel Tour 2018 Itinerary.

Israel Tour 2018 - 1st March 2018

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Fligghts, football and where Jesus was born. Our five day odyssey in the Holy Land is part of a busy month of May, so we have tentatively planned our schedule. Football...Read More

Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur sq…

11-a-side - 1st March 2018

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A full set of players! Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur have announced their large squad for the game v at the Stadium of Light on the 17th May. They will be bringing a total...Read More

The FA People's Cup at Goals …

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 25th February 2018

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Sassco cruised through the group, but eliminated in the knock-out stage. A far better performance this year, with the team comprising of Kevin Cooper, Curtis Newbold, Davinder Sangha, Aden Bannister and Jake Dyke. Game More

Stadium of Light - Rules, Iti…

11-a-side - 24th February 2018

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The rules and regulations for Play on the Pitch 2018 have been passed on from Sunderland AFC. Those who took part last year, will know what to expect. Rules of Play Squads...Read More

Team shirts for the SAFC Game…

11-a-side - 23rd February 2018

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Game confirmed! The game has now been officially confirmed and booked in to the Stadium of Light for the 17th May 2018. The kick off is 7:00pm. Our illustrious guests, Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, have...Read More

Season 19 tournament

Sassco Tournaments - 16th February 2018

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Season 19 in March 2018 The League, albeit in a tournament format and 5-a-side, is back in action after a long hiatus, since the summer of 2016. It's now played over...Read More

Line-up: Sunderland AFC Stadi…

11-a-side - 7th February 2018

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3 Absent, but 3 in. Delighted to have confirmed 11 Sassco players for the Play on the Pitch event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, in May 2018. The team is scheduled to...Read More v Knattspyrnufél…

11-a-side - 26th January 2018

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Our first overseas guests? Not 100% confirmed, but Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, a semi-professional side which defeated Sassco in the Iceland Tour 2017 in one game (Sassco won the other) are looking to travel...Read More 8 Sunderland Dea…

11-a-side - 10th September 2017

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Avoiding the wire above the pitch and Bear avoiding the goal. There were a couple of challenges in our repeat game v Sunderland Deaf: Avoiding hitting the two pieces of wire...Read More 2 Sunderland Dea…

11-a-side - 13th August 2017

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The Harpers return and both last a full game (nearly). Our O35's 11-a-side adventure ended in a whimper, so it was good to be invited to a full 90 minute session...Read More 2 Bishop Juniors…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 22nd July 2017

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  Martin Smith: over 300 pro appearances. David Duke over 200 pro appearances. Stubba: Priceless! We were struggling again. This time, we'd lost half the side from last week, due to holidays...Read More 3 South Tyne Bui…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 15th July 2017

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McDermont concussed - wakes up thinking he's Danny Dichio. It was when he was off getting no treatment that we scored the winner. The game was up and down up to...Read More 4 Sunderland O35…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 1st July 2017

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Finally, we managed to get a win, However, the circumstances were all too familiar, with new faces coming in, but this time slotting in perfectly. Team talk was just about who was...Read More

Beach football / volleyball i…

Israel Tour 2018 - 25th June 2017

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We're playing the official version of "Footvolley" in Tel Aviv. Our half arsed attempt at normal volleyball on our France Tour 2013 will be a distance memory when we'll be allowed...Read More 0 Washington AFC…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 24th June 2017

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McDermont foaming at the mouth. Another disappointing game topped off with McDermont foaming at the mouth, requesting to be subbed, then fannying around in the box to concede the fourth goal. The...Read More

Tel Aviv-Yafo תל אביב-יפו Ser…

Israel Tour 2018 - 22nd June 2017

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Three game series in The Holy Land.  The first games have been arranged in Tel Aviv and will most likely be taking place at a venue called Goal Time, located in...Read More 1 Sunderland O35…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 17th June 2017

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Searing heat, another injury and McDermont roars like a kangaroo to hit the crossbar. It was quite disappointing. We were missing a few from last week: Barker, Dan Smith and Dave...Read More 1 Absolute Home …

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 10th June 2017

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Disputed penalty, and it wasn't McDermont this time. A solid performance, again, from Sassco against, arguably, the strongest team in the competition. We were up against it and had three enforced changes...Read More

Terrorism in the UK. Why it h…

Various Articles - 4th June 2017

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The questions about these violent acts are constant: Why? What can we do? And so on. I think the solution could be more simpler than anyone thinks, or dares to suggest...Read More 1 South Tyne Bui…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 3rd June 2017

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Last competitive game was 6 years, 9 months, and 19 days ago. Yes, a total of, approximately, 2484 days, 17 hours and 30 minutes had lapsed since Sassco played it's last...Read More

Near miss in the final moment…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 28th May 2017

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Tired legs took effect the following day, as we faced an identical schedule, which was increasingly gruelling. Also, the majority of the team were out on the lash until around...Read More

Triumph on Day 1 of the Knatt…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 28th May 2017

WP 20170527 17 55 50 Pro LI 2nsp 282 had a gruelling four match schedule, and despite Dixon being rudely awoken with a frying pan, and using a player provided by the opponents, they triumphed with a clean...Read More

Sassco win at the Stadium of …

11-a-side - 21st May 2017

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Sassco's most glorious moment in their 18 year history. Sassco 11-a-side, finally won their first game in over a year, and what a place to do it in. It was their first...Read More

Stadium of Light 2017 shirts …

11-a-side - 12th May 2017

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Delighted to announce that the shirts supplied by Woven Inc. have arrived and are ready for our second game at the Stadium of Light on 18th May.

Opening game v South Tyne Bui…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 10th May 2017

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Sassco return to action on the 3rd June at 10am against South Tyne Building Supplies. Squad has been confirmed with the following players: 1. Davinder Sangha 2. Chris Dixon 3. Marc McDermont...Read More

Stadium of Light Rules, Itine…

11-a-side - 4th May 2017

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The rules and regulations for Play on the Pitch 2017 have been passed on from Sunderland AFC. Those who took part last year, will know what to expect. Rules of Play Squads...Read More

Iceland Tour map and Golden C…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 30th April 2017

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The main venues are shown below for the Iceland Tour. The apartment is shown, plus the football venue, main bus terminal, as well as hotel and airport. Below this map is...Read More


11-a-side - 28th April 2017

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A hastily arranged game against Mark Muers' U35 team, Washington United FC. We really cobbled a team together. High hopes were for the Stadium of Light team, but Smith, Sangha, Dixon...Read More

Woven Inc to supply Sassco's …

11-a-side - 20th April 2017

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Please to announce that Woven Inc, one of the UK leaders in custom workwear and fashion clothing based in Washington, are supplying the AWDis kit for our game at the...Read More

Sassco 11-a-side are back?

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 31st March 2017

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We're looking to revive the 11-a-side team in, albeit, an over 35 format. Durham FA are organising a 50 minute game league, which is played on a Saturday morning at Durham...Read More


11-a-side - 25th March 2017

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Sassco travelled to the beyond (i.e. Walker Dome) to take on the Northumbria University Officer Training Corp team. A team which we somehow defeated 6-1 last year, albeit with what...Read More

Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur To…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 20th March 2017

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The dates and times have been just about confirmed with a five team tournament set over two days. The teams involved, alongside are Þrottur, Breidablik, FC Sækó and Öspin. The dates...Read More

AWDis football kit choices fo…

11-a-side - 8th March 2017

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We have a number of choices for our game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in May. Last year, we chose orange as the sponsor colour, but our opponents are looking at...Read More

Sunderland AFC Stadium of Lig…

11-a-side - 28th February 2017

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Delighted to have confirmed 11 Sassco players for the Play on the Pitch event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, in May 2017. The team is scheduled to play against a similar...Read More

The FA People's Cup at Goals …

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 24th February 2017

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Sassco took part in their first FA People's Cup, a 5-a-side competition played at Goals Sunderland on Sunday 26th February, but failed to get a Quarter Final spot. The team comprised...Read More

Official match ball for Icela…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 15th December 2016

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Ready to grace the glaciers. It's back to basics with the 70's retro look for our Iceland Tour 2017 match ball. The ball contains the Iceland Tour logo, as well as...Read More

5-a-side defeat against Sunde…

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 4th November 2016

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A game requested by Sunderland Deaf FC, who are taking part in a the Rudolph 5-a-side tournament in Derby, was arranged at the outdoor pitches at Everyone Active Washington. The Sassco team...Read More

Iceland Tour football kit by …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 26th August 2016

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A little while away, but the initial design for the Iceland Tour 2017 football team kit is ready. The jerseys will be provided by the Just Cool by AWDis brand, supplied...Read More

Icelandair from Manchester an…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 13th August 2016

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The flights were changed slightly. Originally, we were due back on the 30th May 2017, but as the flight was cancelled, a few panicked communications later saw it changed to...Read More

First team ever to use Just C…

11-a-side - 7th August 2016

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New shirt for the nomadic 11-a-side team. Sassco have had branded team kits and custom made team shirts since the foundation back in 1999. So we are now proud to announce...Read More

Iceland Tour 2017 football sq…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 27th July 2016

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The six players for the Iceland Tour 2017 are detailed below:   Kevin Cooper Joins again after taking part in four recent tours. Superb between the sticks. Davinder Sangha Organiser (as expected) and defender in...Read More

Cricket score = bad defences.

11-a-side - 24th July 2016

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Our regular tri or bi-annual game took place again, but this time off the 3G (or is it 4G) and on to grass at Castle View, where we suffered a...Read More

Games against Breiðablik UBK …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 23rd July 2016

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Really delighted to announce two games in Iceland for the 2017 tour. Games will take place in and around Reykjavik. The first one arranged was against Breiðablik UBK arranged by Andrés Pétursson...Read More

Tactical headquarters in Reyk…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 7th July 2016

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We've provisionally booked a two bedroom apartment in Reykjavik, which will hold 6 people (Booked tickets yet, Tim?). The apartment is close to shopping, bakery, ATM, etc. Bus stop is also...Read More

Defeated again; Dave Gourlay …

11-a-side - 3rd July 2016

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Plenty of dinosaurs were dug out for Sassco's difficult game against O'Briens, a team organised by Steve Farrer (himself a rare dinosaur), and containing a lot of ex-Redhouse FC players. For...Read More

Post Brexit Guide on dealing …

Various Articles - 29th June 2016

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With the recent Britain exiting Europe, or Brexit Referendum, result leading in an increase in racism. I think it would be responsible to part with some advice for ethnic minorities...Read More

Tel Aviv, Israel in 2018

Israel Tour 2018 - 27th June 2016

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Finally, we'll be setting foot on hallowed ground in the Summer of 2018, with Tel Aviv being the venue. Israel was actually an early choice back in 2009/2010, but other...Read More

Posithread win Season 18.

Sassco Tournaments - 25th June 2016

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With a revival of the Sassco League, albeit in 5-a-side format, five teams entered and the tournament was reasonably successful, despite no referees, a flare up, slight confusion over the...Read More

Season 18 tournament in June.

Sassco Tournaments - 17th June 2016

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Downhill Complex is a distant memory now, but Sassco 6-a-side keeps failing to die off. Now it's a 5-a-side tournament played over a few hours in the new Everyone Active venue...Read More

Microsoft Band / Health GPS t…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 11th June 2016

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During the Switzerland Tour, the Microsoft Band was in action and with GPS tracking during the Geneva Tournament, here are the results from my ultra-cautious approach during three 20 minute...Read More

Defeated at the Stadium of Li…

11-a-side - 11th June 2016

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Trepidation meant I wanted everyone to be at the stadium early. All arrived promptly, probably because their subs were £163 each. But it was a bit of a hiccup from...Read More

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