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Vital Pompey and Salut! fill Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers gap

Once upon a time, Sunderland and Portsmouth were linked by the world of newspapers: each city had local papers owned by the same group with roots in Sunderland but swallowed up by Johnston Press in 1999. Perhaps old Samuel Storey, the Sunderland Echo founder who then spread his minor publishing empire to the south coast, […]

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West Ham, relegation battles and a new owner’s tears

Colin Randall appreciates David Sullivan’s obvious and genuine commitment to West Ham – backed up by tears on TalkSport – but hopes any revival in the club’s fortunes is modest … Without holding the slightest thing against West Ham or most of its supporters, I make no secret of my wish that the club David […]

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SAFC 1 Leeds 0: words can describe it

Health warning: to be avoided by persons of a sensitive disposition who also support Leeds United. But think back to the first Saturday of May, 37 years ago. Every street deserted, people glued to their TV sets if not actually at Wembley. All the devotion, fervour and pride captured in the selection of photos we […]

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What Steve Bruce can say to Liverpool: LXLWLLXLLXXL

That, in case anyone needs a clue, is our Premier League record since Oct 24. So if Steve Bruce needs more than a simple “get lost” to offer Rafa should reports of a Liverpool bid for loan deal for Kenwyne Jones contain even a hint of truth, that might be a good place to start. […]

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Chelsea: a massacre Observed

OK, I try to be a generous soul. I let people in ahead of me in traffic, help around the house and give to good causes even when feeling skint. Even so, there are limits. No explanation is needed for all the marks of four or five out of 10 I gave Sunderland players, in […]

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Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2: an appreciation

Niall Quinn and Steve Bruce are apparently the guests on Goals on Sunday, on Sky tomorrow. How will they explain away this humiliation? Colin Randall is still apoplectic after another shambolic away performance … “Appreciate,” gloated the lippy teenager in blue as she walked past the Sunderland end on the way back to her front-row […]

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Long ago, when all the world willed us to beat Leeds

There were no neutrals. Everyone outside Leeds wanted Sunderland to win the 1973 FA Cup Final. Continuing our coverage of Lance Hardy’s new book** on the sensational upset our Lads caused at Wembley, Pete Sixsmith wallows in the memory of a quite different world … Photos from 1973 by kind permission of the Sunderland Echo […]

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This morning’s puzzle: name Kenwyne’s £40m day

Transfer windows open out onto a heap of speculation, some of it fuelled by wily agents, some of it appearing to be evidence of – shall we say – the imaginative powers of football reporters. In one window, during Roy Keane’s time, only half a dozen or so of the scores of names in the […]

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Germans at Sunderland: an unhappy history?

There are too many ifs in the transfer speculation to know exactly what to make of it. But here are a few of our own: IF Kenwyne is on his way out, we can respect Steve Bruce’s reasoning, but only … IF he has a proper replacement lined up, not some uncertain loan deal. For […]

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Back to Premier basics: does Megson sacking help or hinder vs Bolton?

Sunderland 3 Barrow 0 had a mildly satisfying ring to it. Sunderland 3 Bolton 0 or Portsmouth/Coventry 0 SAFC 3 would feel even better. Steve Bruce and his team have little time – or cause – for self-congratulation before sleeves need to be rolled up for the more important tests ahead … On a forced […]

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Didier Ngone – Bye bye Didi, Didi bye bye

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..this afternoon’s announcement that the club has served notice on Didier Ndong, has surely come as no surprise. […]

Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

Jesus saves: but did John tap in the rebound? Read on for the full story

Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]