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Chance encounter with Wayne Entwistle as SuperKev destroyed Bury, sealing promotion

James Bentley is the author of an imminent book about one of the best seasons in the history of Bury, albeit one overshadowed, as he now explains, by grim events in British football. One of the stars of the Bury squad, jusrt 15 strong, was Wayne Etwistle, who made 53 starting appearances for Sunderland between [...]

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Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty as a citizen of the European Capital of Culture (2008) to bring enlightenment to the denizens of the runners up, Newcastle-Gateshead. You’re one of them, by the way. The Angel of the North is part [...]

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Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. “Women are irrational, that’s all there is to that,” he sings. “Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags! They’re nothing but exasperating, irritating, vacillating, calculating, agitating. Maddening and infuriating [...]

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Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier League. Steven Fletcher gets it in the neck for posing with his brash new £260,000 Lamborghini parked next to his £160,000 Bentley in front of another brash possession, his house. And back at TalkSport, Adrian [...]

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The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some of the giants of English football seen in his student days. Let Ken reacquaint older readers with – and introduce younger ones to – some of the players who gave him such pleasure without ever [...]

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Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Wickham stars but West Ham snatch it

Monsieur Salut writes: whatever is to blame – school work, family obligations, a games console – Keir Bradwell has been quiet of late. Remember: he’s the one who does the Sunderland ratings at greater length than Rob Hutchison. Well, he’s back to entertain or irritate, according to taste; I feel he is hard on Fletcher, [...]

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The Chapman Report from West Ham: disappointing finale but no one ‘walked’

There seems consensus that Sunderland showed vast improvement at West Ham – they could hardly have been worse than a [...]

Hutch’s Patch: One word player ratings from West Ham

We’ve just passed the equinox and Rob Hutchison sees signs of new life as spring officially arrives. We weren’t totally [...]

Advochaat: Players ended up barefoot at West Ham!

Malcolm Dawson writes the new manager effect almost got us a result but not quite. I have a feeling the [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: West Ham 1 Sunderland 0. The nearly men

Another game without a goal for Sunderland but a draw seemed likely for Dick Advocaat in his first game in [...]

Nil Desperandum: Why relegation will not lead me to despair

Malcolm Dawson is of pre-Premiership pre-Sky vintage. He remembers a time when teams like Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Derby [...]

West Ham ‘Who are You?’: on Advocaat, Big Sam and Boleyn farewells

The air of collective pessimism that descended on Sunderland supporters last weekend may have been shifted a little by Dick [...]