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Hutch’s Patch: 10 out of 10 for SAFC fans at Liverpool

Jake: 'phew! ..But the Lads did well'

Here, in the continued absence of young Keir Bradwell (family commitments), Rob Hutchison again casts a minimalist view over the man-by-man SAFC performances in the spirited draw at Anfield. Monsieur Salut agrees with most, not all … (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch: grim one-word ratings after Manchester City walloping

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Rob Hutchison is a glass half-full kind of man. But he struggled to find much reason to applaud what he saw from the Sunderland side’s uneven contest with the aristos of Man City. Lee Cattermole got closest to a good rating but even his 6/10 reflects a display way short of what he’d produced against […]

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Hutch’s Patch: how many out of 10 for Cattermole vs Chelsea?

Jake: in the court of King Lee

Rob Hutchison had to watch on a stream but was quick off the mark with his one word player ratings. No quarrels from Monsieur Salut (though 10/10 for Catts would have been tempting), who wrote at ESPN ‘At no stage of this game, with the possible exception of an opening spell of compelling but ultimately […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Sunderland ratings vs Leicester. Guess who got 10/10

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So a Leicester-supporting pal says his lot were the better side but adds that it’s difficult to tell which of the two will go down. M Salut thought aloud at ESPN – http://www.espnfc.com/club/sunderland/366/blog/post/2158151/black-cats-fail-to-shine-at-leicester – neither side could grumble at the outcome. Here, with young Keir Bradwell absent on family duties, is what the older Rob […]

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Hutch’s Patch: a word apiece to sum up the Lads vs Everton

Jake: 'at least it wasn't 8-0, Rob'

No two people will ever agree on all of the talking points from Sunderland vs Everton. What we can say for certain is: * post-Osman, no lectures are permitted from any Everton manager, player or supporter on penalties wrongly given or denied * if we accept Howard did not handle the ball, there is at […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Fletch and Réveillère star in one-word Sunderland performance assessments

Jake: 'at least it wasn't 8-0, Rob'

Monsieur Salut: writes: Opinions. We’ve all got them. Nic Wiseman and I have been debating at twitter on the Palace goal. Was it a world-class save by Pantilimon undone by the rebound off Wes Brown, as he believes, or two-thirds of a great save which ended with a fumble, as I wrote – on the […]

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Hutch’s Patch: how the other half lives (and, in Bromley’s case, loses)

The long road. By Jake

No real football left Rob Hutchison at a loss over the weekend, until he was lured by the prospect of a carvery for £8 at the Hayes Lane ground of Bromley FC, from the Conference South. He enjoyed the day – as our Pete Sixsmith, who lightens the load of being a Sunderland supporter with […]

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Hutch’s Patch: all for safe standing. Can we also have sane sitting?

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Rob Hutchison always stands his round. What he cannot abide is the fellow Sunderland fan who insists on standing his ground and won’t accept that sitting is not just required by ground rules but a basic human courtesy to those behind who are no longer so good on their feet … (more…)

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From Rotherham to Wycombe Wanderers via Shrewsbury Town, Southend United and Tranmere Rovers: our third financial ramble

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Here are the last five of the clubs in League One apart from Blackpool, Bolton, Bury and Sunderland, who will […]

From MK Dons to Rochdale via Oxford, Peterborough and Portsmouth: it’s a short financial ramble

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It was on 18th June that I put up the first in this series, covering the League One clubs beginning […]

Rotherham: where better to celebrate Sunderland’s promotion?

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This time last year, we were wondering whether a May weekend in Southend would be our promotion party. We know […]

Lasses cannot play football. Will the Women’s World Cup finally bury this falsehood?

Beth Mead, the Kevin Phillips of Sunderland women's football*

Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope […]

An evening with Nyron and helping hands for a Sunderland school and the fans’ museum

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Roy Keane famously said the less time Nyron Nosworthy spent on the ball, the better for all concerned. He was […]

Rambling through Accrington, Coventry and Ipswich to Lincoln. How do Sunderland’s rivals shape up financially?

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League One comprises 24 clubs. Three of them, Bury, Bolton and Blackpool, are entering, exiting or plodging in the clarts […]

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