Archive | September, 2007

Ian Porterfield RIP

It is reported that Ian Porterfield has died after a long battle against cancer of the colon. This was an illness he bore with great fortitude, continuing with real passion to the last few weeks of his life to run the Armenian national football team. He was 61, and died in a hospice in Surrey. […]

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Andy Dawson

Here’s a tip for all literate Sunderland fans planning to attend Saturday’s home game against Reading. Forget or delay your pre-match pint. Don’t even think of joining the ridiculous queues at the official club shop. Still less waste your time at the shop’s little satellite stall between the ticket office and the East Stand turnstiles […]

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Internationals? No worries

Forgive me for being happy enough to be here instead of Wembley* Isn’t it relaxing to have a weekend with no game to worry about? This is what I wrote for the Guardian‘s Comment is Free web pages last time England played Israel. They gave it the headline: Cry God for Niall, Sunderland and St […]

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Points that need to be made

Reading at home on Saturday week (I’d forgotten about the internationals, since they mean so little to me – sorry). Then Boro away a week later and Blackburn at the SoL on Sept 29. What is the least number of points we need from these games? I remember going through the same mental arithmetic during […]

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Roy Keane and the great transfers debate (5)

We all want to be positive, and it is ridiculous to raise doubts about players who have impressed Roy Keane enough for him to buy them, but who have yet to turn out for us. But when the transfer deadline passed without the promised additional signing or two – unless the news media and club […]

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Promotion poll: Sunderland vie with Portsmouth but can Burton, Lincoln or Doncaster make top six?

Plenty of this from the Roker End last night.

John McCormick, associate editor, writes: things have quietened down with our ‘who to follow’ poll, as we might expect. Portsmouth, […]

McGeady: Aiden and abetting a new Sunderland promotion push

Jake: 'let's have a revolution - like winning some games'

Monsieur Salut writes: we all love a marquee signing, the arrival at the Stadium of Light of Light of a […]

A Salut! Sunderland welcome to Jordan WiIlis, Jack Ross’s third pre-season signing

Jake: 'sunnier times for Sunderland AFC'. Click the image to reach Salut! Sunderland's home page

Signing number three is another free, Jordan Willis, 24, a defender who played for Coventry City until the end of […]

Sunderland, Bolton and Bury. Our League One financial ramble has to end somewhere.

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

I didn’t know when I’d get back to this series but it seems appropriate to visit these three now, though […]

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