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McCormick’s Craic: will financial restrictions level the Premier League playing field?

By Jake

There was a time, when Sunderland was known as “The Team of All Talents” and upset the footballing authorities by flouting the financial restrictions in force at the time. Later they were “The Bank of England Team” and you can bet that the fact the players were subjected to a maximum wage didn’t stop them […]

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Sunderland, Newcastle safe (ish). And the losers are … QPR, Aston Villa plus Reading or Wigan

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It may not seem a good time to be predicting relegation for Reading (just after they’ve beaten us), QPR (buoyed by big new signings with an escapologist in charge) and Aston Villa (didn’t we somehow contrive to make even them seem half-decent?). But John McCormick has been pottering around with his blinding statistictal science again, […]

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Everton: what’s this about a bogey team?

There’s no football this weekend after our recent debacle at home to Bolton so, just to keep things ticking over before the Swansea “who are you”, here’s a quick trip down memory lane, or as it’s me, down fuzzy memory lane. The starting point was actually the vast number of posters (i.e. more than three […]

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It’s not Arsenal v Man City and it’s worth every penny

You can pay £62 to see Arsenal play Man City or for half of that you can go to Wigan, buy fish and chips followed by a round of drinks and then watch your team come away with the points. You won’t necessarily see Barcelona-style passing, although the weather and playing conditions might have as […]

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Transfer window or academy graduates? Making the grade and falling by the wayside

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

John McCormick takes a long, cool look at the way young would-be footballers’ dreams of top-flight careers are nurtured and, all too often, dashed … There have recently been comments that Martin O’Neill needed not only to get busy in the transfer window but also to start bringing in some of our academy players. The […]

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McCormick’s Craic: spot the difference in the relegation dog fight

By Jake

Following on from Pete Sixsmith’s comments on the Guardian’s take on Premier League statistics, John McCormick decided to do his own piece of number crunching and what follows is the fruit of his labours. His piece was completed before the Hackers disrupted the site and before the Spurs game kicked off. Last season was the […]

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A Christmas present for Sunderland and Arsenal fans, and maybe rugby-playing schoolboys

By Jake

John McCormick once again delves into Sunderland’s past to take a look at one of the greats who wore the famous red and white stripes. Charles Buchan, signed in 1912, still holds Sunderland’s all-time league goals record, with 209  and is second behind Bobby Gurney in the all time list of Sunderland goalscorers. (See http://www.safc.com/the-club/history/roll-of-honour […]

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Real Madrid and Barca = Div 1, Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea = Div 2. Where are we?

  John McCormick poses the questions and, clearly banishing all thought of action at the wrong end of the table, assesses the pros and cons of European qualification … (more…)

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Ten games in: Man City, Arsenal visited but Man Utd and Chelsea to come

Now this is not John McCormick at his most upbeat – not, at any rate, at the start of his review of the season so far. He’s been comparing and contrasting statistics again and what he comes up with would scare the living daylights out of most Sunderland supporters – if he hadn’t also identified […]

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Barred from losing a SAFC-Newcastle derby? Ask the Bard

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

Image: tonynetone (who had to doorstep William – or is it John McCormick? – for days to get this shot) Out of the Henrys who have ruled England, Henry II would have been of more interest to Stéphane Sessegnon, assuming our Sess shares Lorik Cana’s hunger for cultural and historical knowledge – Henry was born […]

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Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland Guess the Score: more misery or modest redemption?

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We went early with the latest of Pete Sixsmith’s chronicles of doom from the Stadium of Light. He’s off to […]

Sixer’s Brentford Soapbox: warmth from sunshine, warmth for Liam Miller, otherwise chilly

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Pete Sixsmith will be on his way tomorrow to watch his beloved rugby league. It rarely fails to put a […]

Sixer’s sevens: Brentford exploit our defensive frailty

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1-0 down after 15 minutes, 2-0 after half an hour. Jones booked five minutes later. What a surprise. How much […]

The heart of old Sunderland remembered

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Mike Dennison, well known to subscribers to the Black Cats e-mail loop, alerts us to a fascinating book of Sunderland […]

Recalling Sunderland’s most memorable games in history

By Jake

A just-for-fun poll introduces this look at some of the greatest games in Sunderland AFC’s history. Many readers will approve […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Brentford

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John McCormick writes: Brentford – my favouritest club in all of London Town. I’ve seen them play at Griffin Park […]