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ALS Issue 231

ALS issue 231 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...

Sobs takes us through all the Sunderland related news of the last month. A bit of moaning and groaning which Sobs does best.

Brian Clough and Me
Malcolm Bramley reveals his relationship with Brian Clough during his time at Sunderland and Derby. Fantastic reading.

There's Something Wrong in The Football Club
Chris Thompson revisits Gus Poyet's harrowing quotes from April and examines whether that 'something' has been addressed.

Great Expectations
Steve Bruce reckons that North East fans expect too much. He took us to a 10th place finish yer know.

Ricky Alvarez Profile
Inter Milan expert Mike Whittaker tells us all about new loan signing Ricky Alvarez.

Storm Clouds Over Wearside
Sobs reckons that we're in a far better position in terms of personnel this campaign.

Sebastian Coates Profile
On any normal occasion, Coates would walk into training and be the tallest bloke there. Pantilimon pooped that party.

A Mackem From Mexico
We love getting into contact with Sunderland fans from around the world, here we are introduced to Pedro Mendez and his story.

Will Buckley Profile
He's quick, tricky and knows how to cross a ball. He's like James McClean in the 3 games he played well for us.

Christmas Comes Early For Santi
Ben Fraser exceeds his own impossible standards for cringey article titles. Vergini for Argentina!

Things Have Only Got Better
Nick Holden compares our start this season to ones previous, namely Martin O'Neill's (gulp) and Paolo Di Canio's (double gulp).

The Kerfuffle of Turf Moor
Francis Todd Malone knows all about Turf Moor, but reckons this away trip was slightly less memorable than others.

The Sunderland Museum
There's a place where all Sunderland memorabilia can go to retire and sip cocktails. It's the Sunderland Museum!

Niall Quinn Goes That Extra Mile
If you haven't heard by now, Niall Quinn is the nicest bloke on the planet. Fact.

We have a new legends t-shirt which would be great for fans of Panini stickers!

Sunderland – It's in the Blood
James Rush explains how even though he was born nowhere near Sunderland, he's still very much a Mackem.

Ha'way The Lasses – A Season On
Adam Delicate is obsessed with our 30 goal a season striker. No, not Kevin Phillips, but Beth Mead!

Hyde and Beast Interview
We sat down for a chat with Neil Bassett from H&B, who are flying at the moment. Neil is the big tall one who probably should have been a goalkeeper.

The Month Ahead
Sam Lightle contacts fans from our upcoming fixtures to find out their weaknesses so he can tell them to Poyet. Sneaky.

I Predict a Bubble
Holden Caulfield is back with a brand new conspiracy theory which he wants us to pay massive attention to.

Bruce and Pardew, Kindred Spirits
Did we ever hate a manager as much as Newcastle fans hate Pardew? I don't think we did, but Steve Bruce seems to think so...

Non-Events and Disappointments
Wise Men Say's Stephen Goldsmith accesses repressed memories of historic matches. Memory lane is a long one to walk down!

Jordan Henderson – Local Hero?
With Hendo being made Liverpool vice-captain, Graeme Atkinson discusses whether he should be considered a local hero.

Kicker Conspiracy
Michael Graham of Roker Report hated Alan Pardew before it was cool.

And Finally...
ALS alumnus Paul Swinney has found a certain beauty in the Mackem lexicon. Check out some of his work here!

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