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Sunderland end of season review (5): a final whimper but ´I’d have settled for this in August’

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Rob Hutchison sees Sunderland away games a lot, a fact of life for many exiled down south. This is how he rated the season, ending lamely but exceeding his expectations after successive relegations. Check out best away days of the season as nominated by Rob’s son Louis and daughter Olivia at this link … Four […]

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Best Sunderland awaydays. Youth has its say

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Rob Hutchison is a regular visitor and contributor to these pages and his end of season review appears at this link. His daughter Olivia and son Louis are also known to our readers and have complemented their dad’s thoughts by recalling their best days on the road with Sunderland in the season mercifully ended … […]

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Rob’s one-word ratings after Sunderland lose to Portsmouth

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John McCormick writes: Colin e-mailed to ask if I could update the phone message Rob Hutchison sent after the game and which he’d managed to put up via his mobile. It seems a long time since Malcolm and I spent a pleasant pre-Accrington lunchtime in Rob and Olivia’s company and it’s always good to hear […]

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Luton v Sunderland Hutch’s one word ratings

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Rob Hutchison is a home and away regular and manages to encapsulate each of our players’ performances in the briefest of single word summaries. He was at Kenilworth Road yesterday to witness a hard fought draw with a Luton Town side who could be there or there abouts when the League 1 title is being […]

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Hutch’s patch from Leeds: Olivia checks in as we (just about) check out

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Rob Hutchison was driving, he told Olivia, who texted Colin, who group e-mailed asking if anyone could put this up and I (John Mac) picked up the message. That’s teamwork. Did we see any teamwork at Elland Road? I thought we were OK, Pete’s seven word text suggests we did and now we have some […]

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Hutch’s one word ratings from Millwall, with a message for Fletcher

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John McCormick writes: Rob Hutchison, or maybe his daughter Olivia, sent his post-match verdict to M Salut, who sent it on to me. Short and sweet it is; like the aforementioned Olivia and certainly not like me or that other Short we’ve come to question. And all the better for that: (more…)

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Hutch’s one-worders from Bristol City 3-3 SAFC. How equaliser made a daughter’s day

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Usually, if he’s there, Rob Hutchison dictates one-word player-by-player verdicts and his daughter Olivia passes them on to us. Today, he was absent. She was there – and how she enjoyed the last few minutes of a game we once seems destined to lose by a cricket score. ‘The worst 45 minutes of football followed […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings from Cardiff: hang your heads in shame Sunderland

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Olivia Hutchison has done nothing to deserve the pain inflicted on her by Sunderland AFC when she goes with her dad, Rob, to games, mostly away since they live in the south. Last year, you’ll recall, she even jumped out of a plane to raise funds for the Bradley Lowery fund. Yet today she was […]

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Hutch’s One-word ratings from Nottingham Forest v Sunderland

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John McCormick writes: Rob Hutchison did his one-words verdicts, passed them to Olivia, who forwarded them to M Salut, who put them into an email in the hope that someone would be able to get them up before tomorrow, which will be very busy. And I just happened to pick up the e-mail. Teamwork, eh. […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

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Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s first game in charge, I would have met up with not only Peter Sixsmith but Rob Hutchison and his daughter Olivia, all three familiar figures around these parts. My apologies for absence reached the Hutchisons […]

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Sunderland’s retained list: Who’s yet to take a walk? Who’s yet to arrive at our doors?

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We know there’s a lot of rebuilding to do. We know we have some expensive players on our books who […]

Salut! Sunderland presents: The best goal I ever scored/never scored

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John McCormick writes: It was M Salut himself who got me going, but only after Malcolm had chipped in with […]

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