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Our best defenders: part 2, in praise of John O’Shea

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

We started our season at Leicester with a line up that included Seb Coates and Costel Pantsilimon. Substitutes included Adam Matthews, who came on for Billy Jones. By the time we got to the final game Seb Coates, Costel Pantsilimon and Adam Matthews were no longer at the club. Billy Jones, subbed 12 games previously and subsequently dropped, came […]

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Bill Richardson RIP: long lost to Wearside, never to SAFC

Salut! Sunderland wishes to record the sad loss of Bill Richardson, a long-time Wearside exile who remained a passionate supporter of the club he left behind in a country he never revisited. He retired only last year but died yesterday (Tuesday June 21), apparently after suffering a stroke … In our Mackem Diaspora series, Bill […]

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Does Lawrie McMenemy really think blaming Roker Park cockroaches can sway us?

Our cherished former manager Lawrie McMenemy may have apologised before for all I know for his part in dumping Sunderland AFC into the Third Division. He’s at it again (or should that be for the first time?). Who can remember those relegation playoffs against Gillingham without wincing, whether they were present or following from afar? […]

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Brexit or Bremain? Midsummer follies with Sunderland’s European Union

Malcolm Dawson writes……the germ of an idea came to me as I pondered my stance on the upcoming referendum. I wanted to form an objective view as to whether or not it was better to remain within the EU or if in fact leaving was the better option. But all I was getting from both […]

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Your verdicts: Sunderland’s kit and are Burnley, Hull, Watford for drop?

This post has no purpose beyond letting everyone know they can not only have a punt on the outcome of matches at Euro 2016 by checking out Online Soccer Betting but still vote in our two current polls. One, which has already attracted a lot of interest, invites your views on who will go down […]

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Our best defenders: Part 1, individual comparisons

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

When I did my analysis of our midfield I said it would probably be one of two posts but there was so much to collect and compare that I decided to split the second part into two. To begin, I’m using stats from  hosted stats.com, Squawka.com and my own sums to look at individual performances. Who do you think is better […]

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Sunderland’s new kits: ‘I like them – do you?’

Who agrees with me that the home kit for 2015-2016 is a significant improvement on last season’s version?

Fixture list: Newcastle gone, our nearest to a derby, Middlesbrough, comes early

Pete Sixsmith, quick off the mark, has already booked one must-do trip of recent seasons – if I say the […]

Talk about tough: Manchester City away to start, Chelsea away to finish

Once again, the fixtures list is not particularly kind to Sunderland. Very well, we all hope we won’t need points […]

Euro 2016: Sunderland exile Giaccherini makes the difference for Italy vs Belgium

Salut! Sunderland is always open to suggestions for posts from outside interests. Please welcome Cartridge People at whose invitation Pete […]

Jeremain Lens: our best midfielder (or maybe not)

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

  Blame Rob, who suggested we needed an article on squad analysis when I did my last review of “relegation […]

Euro 2016: Sixer on England yobs, warlike Russians, reckless Cana and (elsewhere) Yedlin

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith makes 10 points from the opening sequence of the Euros but I seem to have […]