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Relegation watch: Villa, plus two from Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland.

Another international weekend, another look at the bottom of the table. And, yes, we’re still there. In fact, looking at the numbers, it looks very much as if we’ll be there until the bitter end.

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NUFC and Middlesbrough over there, Bolton and Blackpool over here

We might have another blank weekend but it’s only two weeks since my last relegation watch  so, even though things are hotting up, what with Norwich drawing with Citeh and Rafa Benitez taking over the horse punchers after the dismally drawn out sacking of Steve McLaren (and this in the week Mr. Ashley was warned […]

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Villa plus Sunderland, Newcastle or Norwich? Maybe Bournemouth or Swansea? But not Watford, in our relegation watch

  Relegation poll results after the close of the summer transfer window   By now you must be getting bored with the graph above on the left, especially as it has been less than a month, and only three games, since it was last posted up.

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Good news from Liverpool (and Everton), sad news from Bolton, and is there a thaw at Blackpool?

The main thing for Sunderland fans this week must be the cancellation of Adam Johnson’s contract. The club has said it will make no further statement and nor will we. Instead, you can have my ramblings and a mini-tour of the NorthWest.

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Liverpool fans, spirit of Shankly; Liverpool FC, spirit of Rachman

I have to start by saying I think Liverpool’s a great place to live. I’ve no intention of leaving and wouldn’t swap it for a return to the North East, not for a minute. Other people appear to like it too, it’s increasingly a tourist destination, with the river, nightlife, national museums, the Beatles and […]

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Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle? Norwich, Swansea or Bournemouth? Not Watford, and ha’way Leicester

John McCormick writes: there’s no Premier League football this weekend, so it’s another chance to take stock and update my “relegation watch” series. If you’re new to the series and want to see how it began, or if you want to refresh your memory, you can try this link) By now regulars should be familiar with the first […]

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Beauties and Beasts: (7) Jermain Defoe and the shirt I want to buy

Beauties and Beasts: that’s the name of this series – see it here – of supporters’ recollections of different Sunderland shirts from years and even decades past. It was inspired by an idea from Classic Football Shirts, very welcome here as occasional competition sponsors. Their range of historic SAFC tops is a great internet outing […]

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Tottenham v Sunderland. The view from the Upper West Stand

John McCormick:

As Ed and the family headed off to Halifax for one birthday I headed down to London for another. When he was wandering round to find a pub in which to watch the game I was sitting in White Hart Lane’s West Stand watching the warm up. I stayed for two and a half hours. […]

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Who will start against Arsenal? Decisions to be made

A few managers ago, perhaps even as far back as last year, I got quite good at guessing the team. Maybe, you might think, it was because there were few good players to pick then. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

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The French Connection

John McCormick writes: “Salut Sunderland”. That, and the nom-de-plume of our leader, says enough but I’ll leave it to Colin to expand on his connections. Me, I have my own. My sister lived in France for many years. She married a Frenchman, she has French (oh, so French) children, she has French grandchildren.

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Sunderland v Chelsea Guess the Score: the reckoning

17 (17) Newcastle United 36 8 9 19 39 64 -25 33 18 (18) Sunderland 35 7 11 17 40 […]

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 […]