Archive | August, 2007

We’re off……….Ha’way the Lads

King Charlie: mine, all mine Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan Well, the proof of the pudding is about to be served………. I am writing this in advance of today’s exciting, and desperately nervous, debut back in the Premiership. Yes, I’ll be there, provided the arrangements for a crazy weekend return to the UK hold up. And so […]

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Great Gaels sweep new support our way; but will it last?

Keano: pressure to succeed Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan A little while ago, Shane Breslin asked me to write an article for the Irish football website,, of which he is the editor*. Here he returns the favour…… Spurred on by almost blanket coverage in the mass media, Irish interest in the Sunderland story is holding its […]

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On tour with SAFC: picture postscript

While waiting for belated confirmation and comment from the official SAFC site – imminent surely – on our capture of Craig Gordon, and indeed while clinging to the hope that more news on the transfer front still lies between now and 12.45pm on Saturday, the temptation to add two more pictures from the Irish tour […]

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Draw with Juventus spurs Premier hopes

If only…… Picture: dkodigital That was the kind of result we could live with, 1-1 against Juventus in our final pre-season friendly before the opening match, Spurs at home on Saturday. All the more creditable because we held a lead until the very closing stages and even then had chances to win the game. Fortunately, […]

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On tour with SAFC: the West’s awake

Lehinch, Co Clare Picture:Mig_R By Pete Sixsmith From Cork to Galway and an easy drive via Limerick and Ennis, we stopped in the town of Gort which has a population of 6,000 of which 1,500 are Brazilians attracted by the meat packing factories in this area. We looked for Emerson Thome assuming that he would […]

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Sundireland: hands across the sea

The new edition of A Love Supreme is not only packed with great reading for traditional Sunderland fans. It comes, as the editorial proclaims, “drenched in Guinness” and is a must for all our Irish supporters, whether their allegiance is long established or has been inspired more recently by the Quinn/Keane/Drumaville transformation. As many will […]

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Of Billy Connolly, feathery dresses and Mag shame

The story of Sean Landless, boy actor and Sunderland daft, is another of those Celebrity Supporter profiles that need to be read as slices of history. But it is not for the want of trying that we have so far been unable to make contact with Sean and catch up on what became of the […]

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth Who are You? ‘We should be runaway favourites by now’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Peter Allen is my very good pal and partner-in-crime (if that’s the right way to describe our […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth: a question of points no longer in our hands

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Even as I wrote last week that we would remain masters of our destiny and go up automatically provided we […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention […]

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

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Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth ‘Who are You?’: a buildup that began in December

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THIS interview, from just before our 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park in December, was among many items lost when the […]

Jim Baxter: Dave Parnaby’s Appreciation

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Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

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