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December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

December 9, 2019

December 9, 2019

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November 20, 2019

For the benefit of doubt and for full disclosure, I don’t know Charlie Methven. Nor do I know Stewart Donald. I have met them both a couple of times, but I suspect they remember less of our conversations than I do, and that’s not a lot. It is absolutely wrong of me, on that basis, to call into question their personality or character as I simply do not know them. I feel like I do though. I...

November 13, 2019

It’s a funny old game. Jimmy Greaves’ catchphrase was used to sum up moments of acute disappointment, irony and success. It’s wrong on two counts though if you’re a Sunderland fan. The first is that it’s not particularly funny being where we are and suffering blow after blow. Secondly, it’s not a game. Recent press releases, podcasts and radio shows from our owners have created a bit of a...

November 5, 2019

I never thought I would ever write a piece for ALS telling you why you shouldn’t go to a match. The club is ingrained in me that I have forced my son to get a season card despite knowing the misery that will inflict on him. I’m surprised Social Services haven’t been called. I rock up on a regular basis and scale stairs over and over again to put flags out for people to wave around and sac...

October 17, 2019

Phil Parkinson’s appointment at Sunderland has been met with a muted response from the fanbase and that is understandable. Not necessarily anything to do with Parkinson himself of course, it’s the expectation that often dulls the delivery in these situations. Amid talks of a potential takeover by very wealthy Americans many saw a phoenix stirring in the ashes of our club.

With Ross departi...

October 9, 2019

We will all probably be aware of yesterday’s events by now; if you’re not, Ross has been sacked and the takeover may or may not be on or off. What struck many of us as slightly odd was the timeline of the events. At around lunchtime the club released the pre-match press conference from Jack Ross which spoke about the future, referring to the EFL Trophy game against Grimsby he said that it...

October 4, 2019

In one fleeting season, following financial impropriety from Swindon Town, Sunderland took to the main stage. The top flight of English football beckoned under a manager who had lifted us from our previous lowest ebb on the back of journeymen and young prospects. Denis Smith was revered for what he had done in a relatively short space of time to put us back on the map. Away fans would loo...