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Sunderland and relegation: been there, done that, collected too many T-shirts

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Pete Sixsmith doesn’t intend to spend the summer moping about our most recent relegation. He intends to spend the summer moping about all of our relegations. As he puts it: ‘Relegation Number 10 so lots of memories to ramble on about as our season rambles to an end. So depressing……’ (more…)

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‘All my fault’: the man behind a golden milestone for Sunderland supporters

Wear Down South for the 2014 Leage Cup final. Image: Rob Hutchison

Monsieur Salut writes: the London and SE branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association has just reached 50 years of age. In common with many who leave Sunderland-supporting parts of the North East to ply their trades in and around the Smoke, I eventually got round to joining the branch after seeing numerous mentions in the […]

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The Things We Do For Love (of Sunderland). D-day nears …

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Time to give readers a tap on the shoulder and remind them to come up with an entry in our Things We Do For Love contest. You see the prize above – a magnificent print of Roker Park – and we have already had some excellent entries which can be seen at the earlier posts: […]

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The things we do for love: you tell Salut! Sunderland

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Does Lawrie McMenemy really think blaming Roker Park cockroaches can sway us?

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Our cherished former manager Lawrie McMenemy may have apologised before for all I know for his part in dumping Sunderland AFC into the Third Division. He’s at it again (or should that be for the first time?). Who can remember those relegation playoffs against Gillingham without wincing, whether they were present or following from afar? […]

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Anorak or hero? Mission accomplished from Leeds and Roker Park to Colchester

The long road. By Jake

  There are games that leave some of us wondering whether we’ve gone completely mad just by attending. But there are fans who cannot get enough. Pete Sixsmith was in that latter category until he finally joined the Club of 92. Now he’s done it all. Where does he go from there? … (more…)

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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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Tony Benn and an early Sunderland chant: ‘peanuts, tanner a bag’

Benn tell Jake: 'I'm leaving politics to spend more time with my peanuts'

What is the first chant you remember hearing at Roker Park, or which early chant or song has lingered longest in the memory? The Fulwell singing along to the chorus of the Monkees’ I’m a Believer doesn’t count. (more…)

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Martin O’Neill on rediscovering Roker Park: Niall on moving on

 Jake hopes the red kryptonite effect will wear off soon

Two great pieces in today’s newspapers retrace Martin O’Neill’s steps as he follows a boyhood dream and goes in search of the Roker Park of the club he supported from the other side of the Irish Sea. Both are riveting reads. (more…)

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Pies, passion and when Martin O’Neill played for Nottingham Forest at Roker

Pete Sixsmith looks back on our new manager’s solitary appearance as a player at Roker Park – and wonders whether his teacher’s pension would run to buying the famous Roker Pie Shop … Martin O’Neill’s inaugural press conference and his mention of King Charlie Hurley, gave Tyne Tees Television the opportunity to dust off the […]

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From MK Dons to Rochdale via Oxford, Peterborough and Portsmouth: it’s a short financial ramble

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It was on 18th June that I put up the first in this series, covering the League One clubs beginning […]

Rotherham: where better to celebrate Sunderland’s promotion?

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This time last year, we were wondering whether a May weekend in Southend would be our promotion party. We know […]

Lasses cannot play football. Will the Women’s World Cup finally bury this falsehood?

Beth Mead, the Kevin Phillips of Sunderland women's football*

Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope […]

An evening with Nyron and helping hands for a Sunderland school and the fans’ museum

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Roy Keane famously said the less time Nyron Nosworthy spent on the ball, the better for all concerned. He was […]

Rambling through Accrington, Coventry and Ipswich to Lincoln. How do Sunderland’s rivals shape up financially?

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League One comprises 24 clubs. Three of them, Bury, Bolton and Blackpool, are entering, exiting or plodging in the clarts […]

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