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? 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.
“We will see. It depends”Paolo Di Canio ’s response when asked if Lee Cattermole has a future at Sunderland. It could hardly fill Cattermole with confidence that he is required at the club. Even more telling was this quote made before Alfred N’Diaye moved back to Turkey; “In my opinion we need a specific player with specific characteristics in...
I thought that the smattering of boos that could clearly be heard at the Stadium of Light on Saturday beggared belief. It seems that a sizeable minority of our fans have simply got into the habit of booing any negative result against any team they feel we should be beating, regardless of levels of commitment, or overall performance. This is one of the newest and most unappealing of traits of modern football.
Not going to apologise for the headline...regardless of the fact that I should...Perhaps this signing is a little bit odd, given the need for a left back and a creative midfielder - as well as the lack of remaining transfer clout for Sunderland. To be fair though, this transfer has been in the pipeline for a long time and the money spent here is likely to have been accounted for well over a month ago.
After a surprising loss on the opening day of the season last week Sunderland will look to bounce back against Southampton in their first away game of the season. The Black Cats will make the long journey south looking to bag their first points of the season after impressing against Fulham at the Stadium of Light, only narrowly losing by 1-0.
Me and my mate Peddles have been looking forward to this match ever since the fixture list came out. Like a kid on Christmas Eve - the night before I couldn't sleep due to the excitement of watching the lads play. So I got up about 8:30 and made sure I had a decent breakfast. Lucky charms and a pint of Fosters – what every 27 year old (should) eat!
Sunderland’s recent performances in the League Cup are hardly a new phenomenon, the competition has been a thorn in the side for the club since its beginnings in the early 1960s as a way to exploit the new attraction of midweek floodlit games. A semi-final was reached in 1963, but this was when several top teams refused to play, seeing the competition as some still do as unwanted fixture congestion.
Three games, that’s all – three games and I am already scratching my head wondering what on earth is going on. Nothing makes any sense to me at the moment and quite frankly I am starting to get a little bit scared. Can you get more contrasting performances? What on earth was happening on Tuesday? My mind hurts. Anyway, here we come again London.
Connor Wickham is not a teenager anymore, not by a long shot. The time for 'give the boy a chance, he's only young' is over. The excessive referencing to his stellar England under-21s scoring record must now be cast aside. It’s time to expect more. In this crucial, exciting yet unpredictable season for Sunderland AFC...