Archive | August, 2009

Soapbox: a sense of déjà vu

“… our performance was disappointing rather than dismal …”

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Who are you? We’re Stoke City (2)

Forget Eduardo’s criminal dive, Wenger’s squalid refusal to deplore it and lowlife goings on at Upton Park. Feast instead on part two of the preview by Stoke fans of Saturday’s Sunderland old and new boys’ reunion. We already know what they made of last season and the transfer dealings. Now let’s see what Simon “Northy” […]

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Who are you? We’re Stoke City (1)

Red and white stripes – but not ours … What a difference a new season makes. Last time round, we had a devil of a job persuading any Stoke City fan to contribute a “Who are you?” piece before we played them. This week, we’re spoilt for choice. But since Simon Northwood – also known […]

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Soapbox: that niceness in Norfolk, in full

“… Well, Craig Gordon is a better keeper than Marton Fulop. He’ll be in at Stoke…”

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Soapbox: it’s nice in Norfolk

Norwich fan at kick off: “Watching on TV. Can we just not get thrashed?

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Soapbox: edging there

Pete Sixsmith reports on three good points towards – er- the safety by Christmas we knew under Peter Reid, or at any rate in two of his seasons … By my calculations, only another 34 points needed before we can sleep in our beds, secure in the knowledge that Wear Tyne derbies will be off […]

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Who are you? We’re Norwich City (1)

“…Sunderland will be OK – you have a good manager and, though I hate to say it, a good strike force….”

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Who are you? We’re Norwich City (2)

…”She IS a decent sort. And that’s the problem. Thanks to her image as the nation’s favourite cuddly, friendly, inoffensive TV chef, she’s taken that and our Norfolk outlook on life and moulded the club in that image. ….”

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Who are you? We’re Blackburn

OK, Tuesday night brought us back down to earth with a bump. Chelski were just streets, if not boulevards or trunks roads, ahead of us in class. Blackburn, at this stage of our development, should be a fairer test of Bruce’s squad…. Last season, we seemed to play Rovers every other week, presenting us with […]

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Soapbox: I think I have seen the champions

“… They moved the ball beautifully and wherever it went, there was a Chelsea player, someone of the quality of Ballack or Kalou or Lampard. …”

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

Promotion at first attempt!

  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]