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ALS Issue 236
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ALS issue 236 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...

Editorial
Sobs opens issue 236 by giving you a crash-course on everything SAFC related over the course of the Summer, and what we should expect going forward!

Julio Arca - Back on Wearside
Everyone's favourite Argentine, Julio Arca, is back at Sunderland in a coaching role, as well as turning out for The Willow Pond of course!

Across the Pond
Our pre-season tour of the States and Canada didn't stop us covering every aspect of it, and who better to ask than the North American Supporters' Association!

Left Wingers
Some say that politics and football don't mix, others say that ketchup and gravy don't mix, I don't know what to believe, if I'm honest.

Fan Zone
We spoke to Frankie Francis from the sensational Heartstrings. He has been booking bands for the new SAFC fan zone, and it sounds great.

Younes Kaboul – A Spurs View
Who better ask about Younes Kaboul than a Spurs super-fan, god bless the lad.

Jeremain Lens Profile
Lens could well be our most exciting signing for some time, so we picked the brains of those more knowledgable than ourselves!

The Many Faces of an Away Day
Josh Carr deconstructs the various characters and shenanigans you would see on your average SAFC away day.

Five Games to Remember
ALS debutant Peter Whalen marks his debut with five of his fondest Sunderland matches.

Lost Weekend: Hannover Report
Pre-season in Germany, you would expect a bit of booze to flow. Did not disappoint.

When the World Cup Came to Roker
Believe it or not, the actual World Cup was once in Sunderland, and nee-one nicked it! Well, not here anyway.

Adam Matthews Profile
We asked our Celtic counterpart what he thought of the full back, and he had some very kind words.

Yann M'Vila – A Russian Perspective
M'Vila certainly made his mark on Wearside, and on a young lad's foreheed! Read all about the talented crackpot here.

Barbecues, Bands, Booze, and Bellies
Exile and teddy bear Tom Atkinson recalls amusing tales from SAFC's stateside trip.

FTM
I heard that Francis Todd Malone once threw a shoe at Michael Jackson after a misunderstanding where he asserted that it DOES matter if you're 'Black and White'.

See Ya Tranmere
A recollection of the good times, but mostly the bad times of away trips down Tranmere.

The Month Ahead
Ben Fraser is a man of many talents. I heard that he can juggle knives, ya'nar. Here he interviews the many fans of the Premier League.

No More Train in Vain
Travelling by train is about to become a lot less laborious, in theory.

Dick Splash
The Dick puns simply will not go flaccid.

Roker Report: Smash the System
Do Sunderland really have a footballing identity? Do we need one?

Malcolm Crosby Interview
Sobs caught up with Malcolm Crosby, who is of course manager of Gateshead now.

An Italian's Job
David Drewett zones in on Giaccherini and what his presence could mean for us this season, if anything at all.

Wise Men Say: Summer of Hate
Gareth Barker reeks of passive-aggression and indifference. That's why I like him, he reminds me of myself.

Second Season Syndrome
Ben Fraser is back with a brand new rap. The second season really is the make or break, you know.

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