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Bournemouth and Watford; Norwich and Leicester. What about Aston Villa? And what about us?

There’s a week to go, more or less, to the big kick-off so it’s time to revisit our dodgy numbers relegation stakes. 6,373 votes were cast in our poll, with Bournemouth and Watford being consistently clear favourites for the drop since the early days:

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Hutch’s one word ratings: new boys only bright spots at Doncaster

Malcolm Dawson writes…he’s back. Our man of few words with his summation of last night’s players’ performances. Rob Hutchison was at the Keepmoat and as equally unimpressed as Pete Sixsmith whose report you can read here. The plan is that Rob’s marks and one word ratings will appear after every Sunderland game he attends in [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: gloomy outlook after Doncaster display

Malcolm Dawson writes…I was tied up until 5.00pm but considered making the trip to South Yorkshire until first hand reports of hold ups on the A19 and A1(M) and the prospect of my Wednesday fix of real ale and pub trivia made my mind up for me. By the sound of it I made a [...]

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Dick’s Doncaster Advochaat: every silver lining has a cloud!

Malcolm Dawson writes…what do we want from pre-season friendlies? Well I would like to see some indication that the team has an idea as to how it’s going to play, the manager has an idea who his starting XI is and that we supporters can derive at least some satisfaction from the performances and some [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: done over by Doncaster!

Pete Sixsmith had already seen the first team pre-season when they came from behind to beat Evostik Premier League side Darlington at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland. Having decided to not to make the trip to the U.S.A. and Canada here was his second opportunity to see how the Lads were progressing in their build up [...]

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Sixer’s Travels: Mandron hits two more in Boston, Lens prepares Doncaster debut

Pete Sixsmith isn’t envious of those who followed Sunderland’s pre-season tour, Ha’way Out West. After all, he’s had his share of exotic travel, too, rounding it all off with the Doncaster first-team friendly tonight … The first team went to California and Ontario; the Development Squad had to make do with Consett and Boston – [...]

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George Pitcher: the Geordie a Tunisian waiter learned to call ‘Sunderland’

Last December, we reported the death of an electronic friend, a fellow-Sunderland supporter known from the Blackcats e-mail forum for [...]

Bravo Sunderland Lasses and Salut! Sunderland Lads on two table-topping performances

Jake’s Ales What a difference a day makes On Saturday, with Monsieur Salut grappling with the aftermath of a house [...]

Sunderland out West: the sweetest hangover I just can’t get over

Malcolm Dawson writes…..we were expecting a match report sometime on Thursday but time differences being what they are, not much [...]

Taylor Made on Sunderland in Toronto: a worrying postscript with Leicester looming

What a pity that pigeon post from such remote parts of Canada as Toronto has become so unreliable. Bill Taylor, [...]

Sixer’s travels: cross border incursion – Mackems in Kirkudbright

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith and I returned to the wind tunnel that is Tow Law on Friday night where Shildon [...]

Sunderland pre-season: Sixer remembers a sad trip to Spain

Peter Sixsmith’s pre-season is well under way. He has already seen the Lads play at Darlington and the Development Squad [...]