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The Lars Word: surviving Suarez, a Sunderland fan’s soft spot for Liverpool

Despite a curious but brief boyhood flirtation with Peterborough United, Monsieur Salut does not really approve of “second teams”. But he can think of Sunderland supporters who would share Lars Knutsen‘s declaration of more than grudging respect and admiration for Liverpool – plus a few who would profess to loathe them …

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Another team I like: Histon, conquerors of once-mighty Leeds

As I cleared the spam box of drivel about colon cleansing, quack weight loss treatments and fake designer handbags, it dawned on me that our own Pete Sixsmith isn’t the only Sunderland fan with a strong, occasionally stronger (like last night, when he gave Colchester a miss) attachment to non-league footie. Stephen “FTM” Thompson*, the […]

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Another team I like: (3) the Two Blues of Bishop Auckland

Long before Bill Taylor set up home in the other Toronto, the one that that isn’t quite capital of Canada, he lived near Toronto, Co Durham. In Bishop Auckland, to be precise, home of great conker trees in the Bishop’s park and – during his boyhood – the all-conquering Two Blues at Kingsway. Bishop Auckland […]

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Another team I like: (2) the Tour de France (teams)

Image: Le Rouleur Lent When I lived in Paris, part of the finale of the Tour de France took place in the street five floors beneath my front window. It left me cold. All it meant was that it was a lot harder to get around. Pete Sixsmith begs to differ, and just loves those […]

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Another team I like: (1) Peterborough United

Probably everyone has another team they’re fond of. Most regulars to these pages live, breathe, love Sunderland AFC. Some of us would not dream of having a “second club”. But there are equally loyal fans do who have such a thing in their lives, and indeed third or fourth clubs, too, and many of the […]

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Bravo Leicester, keep faith with Sunderland and this season’s real champions, Shildon

We can take our hats off to Leicester City, fully deserving Premier champs. We can pray those of us with […]

Sixer’s Stoke City soapbox: One point gained by a nervous team

Pete Sixsmith provides a grim read after his return from Stoke. All is not lost, and we are still in […]

SA’s essay: A precious point

John McCormick writes: I do believe Stoke’s goal should have been disallowed after Crouch climbed all over Kaboul. I’m not […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 1 Sunderland 1: Taking a chance

John McCormick writes: I thought beforehand that we could get at least a point from this game. But as the […]

A summer feast of football in France? Could it be yours

NB no comments allowed for this posting ….. Who fancies France this summer? By that, I don’t mean who reckons […]

Hillsborough (2): a Sunderland fan in Leppings Lane End as disaster struck

We have already heard from Pete Sixsmith how the official approach to football supporters that was reflected when 96 people […]