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ALS Issue 237
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ALS issue 237 is out now and available from the ALS shop and all good newsagents throughout the North East. Here's a little taste of what's on offer...

Oh look, we have a new manager again. Huzzah! Sobs takes us through what's happened since we last met, he has a way of making it sound less depressing.

Six of the Best
Mr Dobson takes us through six of the best derby matches from history, and none of them include Paolo Di Canio.

Trust in our Fans
Tom Atkinson compares the Sunderland 'model' to that of Swansea and how they value fan input perhaps more than any other Premier League club.

Francis Todd Malone once refused to walk across the infamous Abbey Road, because he won't go near black and white.

Chris Makin Interview
Eve Sayers spoke to Chris Makin about what he's up to these days. Did you know he's a pundit and his best mate is Winterwasp? Saved you reading the interview now.

Don't be a Dick, Sam
Roker Report's Michael Graham politely asks Allardyce not to resemble anything like our previous manager, Dick Advocaat.

Where are the Cult Heroes?
Rory Fallow bemoans the lack of comic value in the Sunderland side. It's a lot easier losing if you look ridiculous doing it. Bring Santi Home.

Dreadful Defenders
My oh my we have had some terrible defenders at Sunderland over the years. We aren't exactly blessed in that department at the moment either.

Big Sam's Sunderland
The history of Sam Allardyce is brought to you by Peter Whalen. Now you know a little bit too much about our new manager.

Wham Bam Thank You Sam
This beautiful piece from Phil Smith explores the feelings associated with being a Sunderland fan and how Allardyce can restore our pride.

We're Nosworthy
Nyron, Nyron. Nyron, Nyron. Nyron, Nyron, Nyron. Eve Sayers interviews another player, guess who it is.

The Grass is Always Greener
Sobs deliberates whether being relegated would actually be a bit of a laugh. I've often wondered. Cheaper games, bigger away allocations, more to play for...

Famous on the Fulwell: VANT
VANT have just been signed to Parlophone records, which officially makes them big-shots. We interview the lead singer, Mattie Vant.

Lee Howey
Lee Howey scored a very important goal for Sunderland. Can you remember it? Francis Todd Malone reminisces.

Constructing the Perfect Manager
Our recent managers have all had positive aspects, but a lot of negative aspects as well. What if we took the best of each and mixed them together?

Sobs' Crappest XI
This was probably a really easy list to compile. He could have just named the current starting XI, surely?

The Mackem Dictionary
Paul Swinney is releasing a book with ALS entitled 'The Mackem Dictionary' it contains git loads of colloquialism. Toppa.

Fletcher Rebirth?
Steven Fletcher scored six goals on international duty recently, does that mean that he's back in form? Possibly... probably not like.

Up The Mariners. Viva Revolucion
Craig Clark has started following South Shields, his other local club. Here he covers everything from new beginnings to Julio.

Fan Pics
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