Jack Comeback

By GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:28 PM

With Jack Colback rejecting a new contract and seemingly seeking an exit, just how important is he in Paolo Di Canio’s squad?Colback is currently the longest serving player at Sunderland, and when you factor in his youth career – that’s thirteen years he has been here. Canny stint. His development over that time has always been admirable if not spectacular. Until the 2011-12 season his contribution to the first team was sporadical but since then he has commanded a regular place in the side achieving nearly 60 starts over the last two campaigns. That would be appearances pretty much everywhere on the pitch, having nearly as many elsewhere as in his favoured central midfield position.


Giaccher-REALLY?!

By joclende Monday, 23 September 2013 09:27 PM

Another addition to the Italian invasion is the 28 year old midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, who arrives at Sunderland from Italian giants Juventus. Coming from the back of an impressive showing at this summer’s Confederations Cup, the signing of a pint-sized, technically gifted Italian international has excited most sections of the Sunderland faithful...


And I-E-I

By GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:27 PM

Just six months after arriving on Wearside, Alfie N’Diaye is seemingly set to move back to Turkey as Süper Lig’s Eskişehirspor close in on the central midfielder. Paolo Di Canio was spoilt for choice last season in centre midfield, albeit a choice between particularly average performing players.


Match Report: Sunderland v Leicester City 22 Aug 1964

By joclende Monday, 23 September 2013 09:27 PM

In the first of a regular feature to build up to the first game of the coming season, we will look back at some of Sunderland’s more memorable opening games over the years. Today we remember the six-goal opening game of the 1964-65 season at home to Leicester City, where a 15 year-old rookie debuted in goal. This was Sunderland’s first game back in Division One following their first ever relegation in 1958. The season continued the trend in keeping player numbers...


Brown Back In Town

By MartinW Monday, 23 September 2013 09:26 PM

Although pretty much all incoming transfers are interesting – which has made this a particularly interesting close season, of course – I must say that I haven’t got a clue whether Valentin Roberge or Modibo Diakite are any good at all. I would hope that they are better than the men they replaced (Matt Kilgallon and Titus Bramble), without the baggage, and probably cheaper too...


Opening Day 2000 - Sunderland v Arsenal

By MFBriggs Monday, 23 September 2013 09:26 PM

In the second part of our build up to the opening game of the season, we look back to the turn of the millennium. Sunderland were entering into the era dubbed as ‘second season syndrome’ and quite possibly a pivotal year for Peter Reid. To make things a little easier, their curtain raiser for the season was against an Arsenal side...


Do Sunderland Need Another Striker?

By MFBriggs Monday, 23 September 2013 09:25 PM

This summer has been a rollercoaster of a ride in terms of transfers for Sunderland.With nine players already signed and potentially one or two due in, the entire squad has had a massive facelift with the majority of the changes being made in the centre and defensive side of squad.Three forwards have been signed so far under Paolo Di Canio; Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore...


Czech It Out - A Full Back!

By John_C Monday, 23 September 2013 09:24 PM

Sunderland's elusive search for full backs has been as extensive as it has been wide. It has stretched across Europe to South and Central America and back. At times, it has seemed more like a game of chess with so many rumours advanced yet regularly falling over or being chopped down like pawns without commanding any forethought.


Opening Day 1970 - Bristol City v Sunderland

By joclende Monday, 23 September 2013 09:24 PM

In the final part of our build up to the opening game of the season, we remember the first match of the 1970-71 season, where Bristol City were the hosts to a Sunderland side that had finally been relegated from the First Division after spending five years in a constant dogfight.1970 was the realisation of what many felt over the...


Has Paolo Forgotten How to Count?

By John_C Monday, 23 September 2013 09:23 PM

Has Paolo forgotten how to count? At first sight of the new squad numbers, one may be forgiven if thinking that Paolo Di Canio has caught a touch of the Harry Redknapp's syndrome in having difficulty in counting. Notably missing are 1 to 4. Also eye-catching, Lee Cattermole, captain for the past three years, has been put out on a limb by being given the highest, 33, while none at all has been assigned for out-of-favour defender Phil Bardsley. Not fully sure if an abacus is required but there may be reasons behind the apparent shortage of mathematical skills.


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