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Big Sam’s flight home – is Short shooting Sunderland in the foot again?

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Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson isn’t party to what goes on behind closed doors at the Stadium of Light. Like most supporters he relies on gossip and what is reported in the media. But that doesn’t stop him reflecting on events at the club and drawing his own conclusions. It had to happen didn’t it? It […]

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What’s happening at Sunderland AFC? Not much on the face of it

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With no interest in the final of the European Championships later this evening, Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson‘s thoughts have centered around the apparent lack of activity at the Stadium of Light. Is this a cause for concern or reassuring that the club is avoiding the pitfalls and mistakes of the past few close seasons? Reading […]

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Idle speculation to get me through the quiet days

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Malcolm Dawson, deputy editor, writes: this hiatus which falls between the end of season and the opening of the transfer window sees me scouring the media for scraps of gossip that may or may not indicate which way the club is going. Most of it will turn out to be idle speculation and bear little […]

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The Sunderland waiting game that is football’s version of the phoney war

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Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson shrugs off the torpor of the early close season, pre-transfer window, pre-fixures list and all, and considers what seems to be going right, and what more he’d like to see, in the world of Sunderland AFC … Back in 1939/40 at the outbreak of World War 2, the whole […]

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Sunderland’s Season review (2): reasons to be cheerful

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Here in the second of our end of season reviews, Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson hopes the club has learned from mistakes made over the past few seasons, that we have seen the last of the Director of Football model and that any newly appointed Chief Executive will have an understanding of football as well as […]

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View from the NW Corner: ideal opportunity to move Sunderland forward

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Malcolm Dawson writes……off the field activities have dominated the news coming out of all three of the North East’s big clubs (I’ll stretch a point and include Boro!) in the past two weeks. Last night’s game at Leicester might have put us back in the bottom three (but didn’t) but there’s no doubt it’ll be […]

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From The Boleyn to The SoL – how’s Big Sam doing?

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Malcolm Dawson writes….There is much discussion regarding what sort of reception Big Sam will get before and during tomorrow’s game at West Ham. With this the return fixture of what was to be Big Dick’s last game in charge on Wearside and it being Allardyce’s former club and all, it seems apposite to do a […]

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Summer signings Coates and Borini to leave? Giving Ellis short shrift

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Malcolm Dawson writes……it’s a proven fact that we all feel better when our chosen football team is doing well and that poor on field results can bring disappointment and depression. It may only be a game but football fans are stuck with their team. Some glory hunters might chop and change but the true supporter […]

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SAFC 3 Man City 0: Under 21s show how it’s done.

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Malcolm Dawson was about 6 when he went to his first ever live football match. He doesn’t remember much about it except that the home team was Eppleton Colliery Welfare and they played in light blue with two maroon bands – like the old West Ham change strip of the sixties. Following the disappointment of […]

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Summer Madness: an updated look at Sunderland’s foreign legionnaires

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Malcolm Dawson‘s revived series of reflections, first published in 2013, on the Good, Bad and Ugly among the foreign players he has seen in Sunderland colours has provided a fascinating summer distraction as we await news of more such signings, with maybe the odd Englishman thrown in. Here, our deputy editor updates the story to […]

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

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2-1 SAFC. Coleman sees measure of his task

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Pete Sixsmith saw Chris Coleman’s managership start in painfully familiar fashion, yet another bright start undone by yet another piece […]

Coleman’s challenge: turning football’s laughing stock into reasons to be cheerful

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Beyond blind faith, a commodity in large if diminishing supply among Sunderland supporters, perhaps the main source of hope for […]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: will Coleman deliver?

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Will Sunderland return to the tradition of the post-match manager’s e-mail under Chris Coleman? If so, will his first be […]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland Who are You?: Bruce’s winning feeling – and baffling tactics

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  Josh Henwood* was an Aston Villa ‘Who are You?’ interviewee more than seven years ago. Our clubs have fallen […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Aston Villa and Villa Park

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John McCormick writes: I suspected this would be one of the grounds that Pete Sixsmith counts among his favourites. After […]