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SA’s post Watford Essay: looking forward

Malcolm Dawson writes…today was an opportunity to look at a few of the development squad and they acquitted themselves well. Of the others who came into this game Jack Rodwell, Jeremaine Lens and Seb Larsson still have contracts in place whilst Dame N’Doye and DeAndre Yedlin presumably go back to their parent clubs this summer […]

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SA’s Everton essay: fantastic (with things to sing when you’re winnin’)

John McCormick writes: Petula’s singing quietly in the background as I finish my beer. I’ll shortly be going to bed, where I’ll hum “I believe” until, at midnight, Radio 4 lets the sound of Big Ben ring out with: Jer-main-De-foe, Jou-nas-Ka-boul; Kha-zri-Ko-ne, Ca-at-er-mole. Tomorrow, I’ll wake up to Oklahoma’s “Oh what a beautiful morning”, which […]

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SA’s second Essay: in praise of the twelfth man (and woman and child)

Malcolm Dawson writes…..no sooner had I finished my introduction to Pete Sixsmith’s marvellous soapbox (when is it ever anything less than marvellous?) than the following e-mail pinged its way into my inbox. Like most Sunderland fans I want to see 100% commitment from the team and like most Sunderland fans, no matter what the score, […]

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SA’s Essay: Shattering (for the Mags, that is)

John McCormick writes: I e-mailed Colin yesterday to say I wouldn’t be available to do much this weekend (what with birthdays, daughter flying in from the States, alcohol to be consumed, etc.) I nearly wasn’t around right from the start as everyone had left for the restaurant before the final whistle blew and I had […]

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SA’s essay: A precious point

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John McCormick writes: I do believe Stoke’s goal should have been disallowed after Crouch climbed all over Kaboul. I’m not so sure we deserved a penalty, so maybe things evened up. Whatever, a point away at Stoke is never a bad result and to get one when we weren’t as good as we have been […]

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SA’s Arsenal Essay: It’s a good day

Jake's take on Big Sam: 'another prep-season threatening to go tits up'

John McCormick writes: I thought Arsenal were good today. True to form they kept trying to pass it into the net and true to form (our recent form, anyway) we kept them out. Had they tried shots from long range they might have had some luck but, I suspect, our now-coherent defense would have managed. […]

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SA’s essay: we can enjoy the weekend, not to mention the journey back.

John McCormick writes: this was surely an “I was there” game, only I wasn’t, I had to make do with the TV. A nervy start had me hiding behind the settee and I found it difficult to watch, even at 2-0 up, but I persevered and managed to relax when young Duncan scored. What must […]

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SA’s Essay: Leicester result disappointing – now Norwich is a must not lose

Malcolm Dawson writes……thanks to Sky TV messing with the fixtures, I passed my season ticket onto one of my young relatives as I was committed to something else in the not so wild commuter belt of Northumberland. In a scenario reminiscent of that episode of “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads” where Bob and Terry […]

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SA’s Essay: we deserved more than a point against West Brom

Malcolm Dawson writes…….I left the ground feeling deflated this afternoon. Partly because I wanted the Mags to get a point at Carrow Road but mostly because I wanted us to win. This was a decent performance but I can’t be as effusive as Big Sam is in his post match e-mail to M Salut. All […]

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Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1: ‘it almost feels like a loss’

Jake's take on Big Sam: 'another prep-season threatening to go tits up'

John McCormick writes: the quote in the headline’s from Sam’s post-match letter to Colin and one or two others. I know what he means but I have to say, bad as Newcastle were, I don’t think we looked a lot better. Hoof and hope does not sit well with cultured players like M’Vila and Kirchoff […]

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End of season reviews (6): six charts for a sick season

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I’m glad we can begin to look forward to next season. Although it might seem a grim prospect I’m sure […]

End of season reviews: (5) left with a sense of foreboding

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Like Pete Sixsmith, Malcolm Dawson gets to more matches than most people. He’s well placed to comment on skill, systems, […]

Sunderland’s 10 relegations: The Coventry conundrum (part 2)

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John McCormick writes: I was there, at Goodison, that night. For a long time afterwards I felt cheated but I […]

Things for fans to do until Sunderland’s football season starts in August

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

After a season like that, it may seem a stretch of even the most fevered imagination to suppose Sunderland supporters […]

Who ate all the pies? And which club serves the best?

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Monsieur Salut writes: what is it about football and pies? Things many of us rarely eat in normal, civilised settings […]

A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up […]