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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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McCormick’s Craic: SAFC, Man City, Southport, Liverpool et al alienating the grass roots?

Jake on the art of communication

The decision by our club to send a threatening letter to The Fort has drawn widespread criticism from a huge majority of supporters, writes Malcolm Dawson. It seems ludicrous to us that employees of the club can’t distinguish between fans displaying their loyalty for the team they love and commercial enterprises trying to rip off […]

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McCormick’s Craic: forward with football’s past

Jake brightens up the site again

John McCormick takes another entertaining look at football history, relatively recent on this occasion as he compares the evidence of reruns of games from the early 1980s with what we see these days. The headline seemed right but is adapted from an old Battlefield Band album title and slogan (Forward to Scotland’s Past), also dating […]

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After Toronto’s seize cup from Seattle Sounders , could Jozy and Grabban lead our uptable charge?

Jake: 'Jody scores, we're on the pitch'

Monsieur Salut writes: what strikers want to do is score goals. The best of them, like Brian Clough, Kevin Phillips […]

The Chapman Report from Wolves: ‘my game of the season so far’

not giving up

Bob Chapman is always a great stand-in for Pete Sixsmith, a home and away stalwart who lives so far south […]

Wrinkly Pete: the blame game and how Sunderland fortunes could revive

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

John McCormick writes, I arrived back from Spain (where I’d been able to eat outside) around midnight last night, to […]

Sixer’s Sevens. Wolves 0-0 SAFC. Point made – and a good one

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith Monsieur Salut writes: Bob Chapman, standing in for Pete Sixsmith (absent on Santa duties), has the sort of […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: the company of Wolves

Promotion at first attempt!

Malcolm Dawson writes……the last time I went to Wolves, if I remember rightly, Stephen Elliot equalised with about 10 minutes […]

Wolves Who are You?: ‘fond of Sunderland but you’ll suffer a mauling’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Andy Nicholls* , moderator at the Wolves fan site Molineux Mix, is another old friend to this site. Seven years […]