Archive | June, 2016

Italy’s star, SAFC’s underachiever. Where did it go wrong with Giaccherini?

How Jake saw Emanuele Giachherini

Sorry for the patchy appearance of new material here, John McCormick’s splendid efforts excepted. In the tetchy climate, I daren’t say what may, for most of the last week, have distracted some of us. Emanuele Giaccherini couldn’t always get a full game for Sunderland but stars for Italy at Euro 2016. Is it our fault […]

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Now the Euro Brexit for the pampered products of England’s failed academy

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

This is turning into one of the great modern stories: how a plucky little nation, scorned by the rest of Europe, lost to Iceland in Euro 16. — George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) June 27, 2016 Bravo George Caulkin, self-described ‘chronicler of misery for The Times (North East football, mainly)’, for that clever piece of gallows humour […]

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Not quite Real Madrid, not quite Barcelona. But better than Swansea and Stoke

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a timely review of Deloitte’s “Money League”, which usually comes out in January or February (it was January this year). But when there’s a battle to be fought there’s not much room, time or inclination to give some thought to a little piece of meaningless self-publicity, which […]

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Our best defenders: part 2, in praise of John O’Shea

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

We started our season at Leicester with a line up that included Seb Coates and Costel Pantsilimon. Substitutes included Adam Matthews, who came on for Billy Jones. By the time we got to the final game Seb Coates, Costel Pantsilimon and Adam Matthews were no longer at the club. Billy Jones, subbed 12 games previously and subsequently dropped, came […]

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Bill Richardson RIP: long lost to Wearside, never to SAFC


Salut! Sunderland wishes to record the sad loss of Bill Richardson, a long-time Wearside exile who remained a passionate supporter of the club he left behind in a country he never revisited. He retired only last year but died yesterday (Tuesday June 21), apparently after suffering a stroke … In our Mackem Diaspora series, Bill […]

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Does Lawrie McMenemy really think blaming Roker Park cockroaches can sway us?

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Our cherished former manager Lawrie McMenemy may have apologised before for all I know for his part in dumping Sunderland AFC into the Third Division. He’s at it again (or should that be for the first time?). Who can remember those relegation playoffs against Gillingham without wincing, whether they were present or following from afar? […]

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Brexit or Bremain? Midsummer follies with Sunderland’s European Union

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Malcolm Dawson writes……the germ of an idea came to me as I pondered my stance on the upcoming referendum. I wanted to form an objective view as to whether or not it was better to remain within the EU or if in fact leaving was the better option. But all I was getting from both […]

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Your verdicts: Sunderland’s kit and are Burnley, Hull, Watford for drop?

Take a bow, Jake. Your illustrations are a major factor

This post has no purpose beyond letting everyone know they can not only have a punt on the outcome of matches at Euro 2016 by checking out Online Soccer Betting but still vote in our two current polls. One, which has already attracted a lot of interest, invites your views on who will go down […]

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Our best defenders: Part 1, individual comparisons

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

When I did my analysis of our midfield I said it would probably be one of two posts but there was so much to collect and compare that I decided to split the second part into two. To begin, I’m using stats from  hosted, and my own sums to look at individual performances. Who do you think is better […]

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Sunderland’s new kits: ‘I like them – do you?’

Jermain: a star for both clubs

Who agrees with me that the home kit for 2015-2016 is a significant improvement on last season’s version? (more…)

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]