In a world ravaged by uncertainty
and doubt, football whilst unpredictable, continues to boast some comforting
absolutes. Lionel Messi is good, West Ham will forever disappoint and Sunderland
will always take part in a gripping documentary that chronicles an inevitably
Netflix has returned with a second season
of Sunderland Til’ I Die and given that the first season documented Sunderland’s
relegation from the Championship (following relegation from the Premier League),
this time round it’s Sunderland’s ultimately unsuccessful season in League One
that is on display.
Despite the dismal tale of
Sunderland’s on-pitch exploits, the series faithfully encapsulates what
football means to the city of Sunderland and the club's largely working-class fanbase.
Whilst, all documentaries construct
narratives and toy with reality, unlike the 6-part advertisement that is Manchester
City’s All or Nothing series, Sunderland Til’ I Die is an honest, unvarnished
and unfiltered glimpse into modern football.
However, the much-acclaimed series isn’t
just for the avid football fan. Given the relatability of both the club and the
city’s struggles, Sunderland Til’ I Die makes for utterly compelling viewing
for anyone …who has a Netflix subscription.
Sunderland have faced a real lesson
in how it can all go wrong so very quickly. But what have we learned?