Only 23 months ago, Sunderland fans were finding it hilarious.
Paying for a plane to fly over St James Park, putting banners on the Tyne Bridge and saying ‘Enjoy Burton’.
As it happens, Newcastle fans did ‘Enjoy Burton’.
Hard fought wins home and away brought six points, that contributed to NUFC bouncing straight back to the Premier League as champions of the second tier.
Moving back to the present day, if Sunderland enjoy yet another defeat this Saturday, at home to Burton, it will almost certainly confirm their relegation to League One.
Even a win for the Mackems would still see them needing a miracle, bookies have Sunderland as short as 1/100 to be relegated, as they are six points off safety (seven if Barnsley win their game in hand) and only three games to play.
Meanwhile, Tuesday night was a momentous moment for Accrington Stanley.
For the first time in their history they are set to play in the third tier of English football, against Sunderland.
Gaining promotion with a 2-0 win over Yeovil, incredible to think that only as far back as May 2017, Sunderland were 61 places higher in the 92 club league set-up.
‘Accrington Stanley clinched promotion to League One for the first time in their history as striker Billy Kee’s double saw them beat Yeovil Town.
Next season’s third-tier football will be the highest level Stanley have played at since their reformation in 1968, having resigned from the English Football League for financial reasons in 1962.’
Of the other clubs Sunderland fans are set to enjoy once relegation is confirmed:
Peterborough United – Reunion with their old friend Steven Taylor
Shrewsbury (unless they get promoted)
Gillingam (31 years since THAT play-off game)
Wycombe Wanderers (If promoted)
Lincoln (If promoted)
Notts County (If promoted – and a potential reunion with Shola Ameobi if he decides to give it another season – he turns 37 in October)
So Sunderland fans, enjoy your summer, and don’t forget to send us a postcard from Accrington Stanley next season.