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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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 […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Peterborough United, London Road and the ABAX stadium

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John McCormick writes: It was an easy walk from our house to the railway bridge where, if you timed it […]

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