Archive | February, 2007

Spring in the step

From Wearside to the Amazon and Antipodes, locations mentioned by BBC Radio Newc**tle’s Simon Pryde (left) during his commentary from the Stadium of Light on Saturday, people will be going back to work with smiles on their faces today. If, that is, they are Sunderland supporters and witnessed, heard or just heard about the last-gasp […]

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Poll’s apart

Graham Poll Picture: foubister Listening to French whinges about the quickly taken Giggs free kick against Lille, and hearing Juninho’s scathing criticism of Mike Riley as the man in the middle for AS Roma vs Lyon, I began wondering about the worst refereeing performances I have seen in a Sunderland game. It goes without saying […]

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Point made, points untaken

The text messages from Pete Sixsmith had me worried before the game started. He just seemed too cocky for a lifelong Sunderland supporter. “Sat in great pub in Lichfield,” ran the first. “Ha’way the Lads.” Then, just before kick-off at St Andrew’s, it was: “Fabulous following.” The realism – in other words pessimism – you […]

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On our way, we’re on our way……..

What better way to break into the top six at last? The word from the Stadium of Light, whether it came from live commentary – what a boon for the exiled fan – and Sixer’s Sevens or match reports was as encouraging as it could be. Filling up again… Picture: StewieD Here – yes, have […]

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Loneliness of the long-distance fan

So what did KHALID KHANNOUCHI, Moroccan-born winner of the London and Chicago marathons, do to deserve Sunderland as his team? Long after we met – at a distance – I am still not completely sure. Khalid Khannouchi in New York, with admirers Picture: beurremanie. (more…)

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Stoking those home fires…..

Looking back at the earlier posting Burst Bubble?, maybe a slightly harsh headline after one poorish result at home, I decided to add an answer to my own question. Get across that bridge! Picture: Bubble pop What, I originally asked, would it take to get the home fires burning again? The attendance of under 27,000 […]

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From the ashes

…..and for anyone who likes news of our old boys, Lilian Laslandes scored two goals for Nice in a 3-0 win over Troyes, giving his club hope of avoiding relegation from the French top flight. French footie Picture: fernandalevy The Journal du Dimanche said he was like a Phoenix rising from his own ashes, grabbing […]

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Irish grass: greener than the SoL’s?

Ian Todd, commenting on an earlier post, raises the interesting – and alarming – prospect that the Republic of Ireland might be looking enviously at our manager after the dismal showing against San Marino. Cork legend, Irish hero Picture: Kieran’sPhotos. There was, I hope, a tongue-in-cheek element to Ian’s remark. Roy Keane wouldn’t dream of […]

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Horrible history of author’s Mackem passion

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin the story of TERRY DEARY, star writer of children’s books that sell – and disappear from library shelves – faster than Enid Blyton. Guess who he supports. Even when things are grim – as they quickly became after this interview at the start of the 2002-2003 season. […]

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A thousand up

No cause to brag, but as I was adding Kate Adie to the Celebrity Supporters Revisited file, the little counter showing how many people have passed through my turnstiles clocked up its first 1,000. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can retrace some of the steps taken by people who have reached these shores. […]

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