Murray's Mint...

Former SAFC chairman Bob Murray has stressed how important it is for prospective new owner Stewart Donald to respect the size of the club he’s taking on. Murray, who presided over the club for 20 years, also praised the fans, describing them as ‘the best’. He explained: “I think the EFL will decide that first (the ownership). It is a big responsibility because it affects so many people’s lives. I gave the club away to Niall Quinn for next to nothing. A good friend of mine sold West Brom last year for £180million. I got £5.7million – and I’d put a lot more than that in. It is a special club, a very special club... unique, the best, the best supporters. It’s not within my giving, I don’t get to choose who’s going to be the next owner.”

Despite leaving under a bit of a cloud Murray’s legacy still lives on in the form of a fantastic stadium and one of the best academies in the country.“I built the Academy of Light because I wanted those players to have the best stage for their performance”, said Murray. “Every manager that comes here praises the Academy of Light. Sadly, the public don’t see it. I wanted the stadium to be the best and I’m pleased the stadium can be taken on to 66,000 one day, which somebody will do. There’s no doubt about that and that’s very easy to do.”

In other news former SAFC stopper Jordan Pickford has spoken briefly on his inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. The 24 year old is even being tipped to start as England’s No1. The Washington born lad gushed: "Buzzing to get called up to the World Cup. From being a little boy to now, it’s something I’ve always dreamed of and aspired to achieve. Can’t wait to get started."

Meanwhile SAFC academy boss Jimmy Sinclair has spoken of the possibility of sending a lot of our youngsters out on loan next season in order to get some first team experience. A number of the young-guns enjoyed successful spells away from Sunderland, including striker Andrew Nelson, who spent part of the last campaign at Scottish side Falkirk. "He has done really well”, said Sinclair. “It’s an important strand in a young players development to go out on loan and I think we’ve done really well this year, and hope to do better still next year. I think we got something like eight or nine players we put out on loan for different reasons. But if that loan process goes well, as it did with Jordan Pickford for example, then the fruits of that labour are great. I’m really pleased that the club is now getting a reputation for putting good young players out on loan and giving them the opportunity to experience men’s football. Next year we hope that people like Denver Hume and Luke Molyneux and others will have that same pathway."

To celebrate being complete and utter shite once again, we’re bringing bring back this classic t-shirt from the 05/06 season. Looking back to those halcyon days under Mick McCarthy when we managed to amass an incredible 15 points to see us relegated from the Premier League.

Don’t worry we will reach those lofty heights again but until then we can take comfort in the fact that we’re all... still here when we are shit! Hardcore fans and Sunderland till we die, whichever league we are in and whoever owns the club. Players, manager and chairman come and go. Fans remain. We are the club… click here to view product