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Stoke City v SAFC Guess the Score. Not a weekend for the faint-hearted

It should not get much more nailbiting than this – but it may well do so between now and Watford away on the last day of the season. The weekend threatens to be tricky. Who would put it past an Alan Pardew side to roll over at St James’ Park, assuming he dislikes us more […]

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Sunderland v Arsenal Guess the Score: Shakespeare, Shack and shaking expectation

So, Guess the Score is again a prize edition and again there’s a catch. Only a correct entry predicting a winning scoreline for Sunderland qualifies; it must be the first to be posted before kickoff to claim the prize. Since the cost would be borne by Monsieur Salut, and he supports Sunderland and we need […]

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Norwich City v Sunderland Guess the Score: see us through it again

No, it doesn’t all come down to this one game. But if we leave aside the crazy mathematics that would theoretically allow for Newcastle to finish on 43 points while Palace and Watford went down with Villa, we know in our hearts what is at stake at Carrow Road on Saturday.

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The Leicester Guess the Score: anything they did, we should do better

Here it comes. The stiffest challenge for a while to Sunderland’s entitlement to Premier Division status. We’ve been playing well without being able to beat lesser opponents; can we give ourselves a real fighting chance of survival by turning that improvement into points plural against the leaders? Only a year ago, Leicester were rock bottom. […]

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Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion ‘Guess the Score’: time for strong men

Jake’s image says it all. There have been many occasions when we have said “no slip-ups this time, Lads”, “get it right”, “it’s a must-win” and other variants of “it’s time to play”. This time, we can roll up all those nervous words of encouragement into one cliche and, wherever we all find ourselves in […]

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Newcastle United v Sunderland: mildly important game, prize Guess the Score

Biggest in history – and you see Jake wondering about that above – it may or may not be, but we do know rather a lot rides on Newcastle United v Sunderland. Two of the three sides battling for the one obvious position of safety meet with all the baggage of not only a nerve-shredding […]

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Southampton v SAFC Guess the Score: can Big Sam get his four points from nine?

We know we had to win against Crystal Palace and didn’t. We know we needed at least a point at West Ham and threw all three away. Now even Big Sam’s meagre target of four from three games depends on a frankly improbable win at St Mary’s.

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Guess the Score: after Slaven Bilic’s spot of Croatian humour, bring on Crystal Palace

After Sunderland’s completely needless defeat at West Ham, we probably all needed cheering up. Step forward Slaven Bilic, the Hammers’ normally impressive manager.

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West Ham v Sunderland Guess the Score: stopping Payet’s only a start

Asked who has most impressed West Ham supporters this season, our “Who are You?” interviewee, David Blackmore, editor the Blowing Bubbles online and print fanzine, unsurprisingly replies: “Payet. Full stop. The man’s a genius.” Big Sam will not have needed David’s confirmation of the obvious major source of threat to Sunderland on Saturday, the last […]

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SAFC v Manchester United Guess the Score: only four words matter

OK, we usually offer a few random thoughts on the forthcoming game as we invite readers – whoever they support – to Guess the Score. Cue a break with tradition. For this week only, our illustrator Jake provides not only the image but the only four words that really concern Sunderland supporters. He repeats them […]

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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 […]

Hillsborough (2): a Sunderland fan in Leppings Lane End as disaster struck

We have already heard from Pete Sixsmith how the official approach to football supporters that was reflected when 96 people […]

Hillsborough: how the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest tragedy epitomised a rotten era

It seems appropriate to make this the briefest of introductions and let Pete Sixsmith speak for himself and for a […]

Stoke City Who are You?: ‘Fancy Dans with a soft centre’

Angela Smith*, broadcaster, Supporters’ Council leader and former squash pro, is as Stoke as they come, a fan – she […]