The 2012-13 campaign marked the start of the new national system for the under-18s set-up, with a new Barclays U18 Premier League replacing the old Premier Academy League. This was intended to enable a more secure transition for players with the potential to progress from youth football into the first team. Beginning with the teams playing each other in group leagues, the competition would climax with a play-off in May to decide the champion. [More]
Cabral, or to give him his Sunday name, Adilson Taveres Varela, is not someone most Sunderland fans would have known a lot about before his bosman move to Wearside this summer. A little internet browsing will tell you he was born in Cape Verde but represented Switzerland at U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels before declaring himself for the country of his birth at senior international level. He is yet to obtain his first full international cap. [More]
In this regular feature we will be rummaging through the memory banks to pinpoint the earliest and most treasured memories of following Sunderland. This week, blogger Gary McLaughlin takes you back to the late nineties and turn of the millenniun. I have spent so much time on this first paragraph. I wrote about those horrible clichés everyone readily blurts out, you know, rollercoaster amongst others. Yuck. I even made up my own non-sensical one. How do you introduce someone to some of the most magnificent memories which magnanimously moulded the person you are today? Yeah okay too many M’s… [More]
Right. Firstly, sorry about the title - one of them 'couldn't help myself' moments! The much-travelled 26 year-old Frenchman’s free transfer to Sunderland had long been agreed, with confirmation on 01.07.2013 that he signs a three-year contract. Valentin Roberge was born in Montreuil, which is a suburban area in Paris. As you would expect, he spent his youth career in his hometown which ended with Paris FC before moving to Guingamp. [More]
It took a little digging – but let me tell you just who our new Swedish wonder kid is. David Moberg Karlsson (who will be affectionately referred to as ‘DMK’ hereafter) signs a four year contract for a fee reported to be around £1.6 million from Swedish Allsvenskan giants IFK Göteborg. Despite looking like he would struggle to buy a lottery ticket, he is 19 and comes to Wearside with heavy expectations from his home country.
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I’ll get this out the way; we are not going to be the first to report a new transfer link, or signing, or sale. We are not journalists – we are fans, giving fans a place to be a fan. Let me apologise if that made you reach for the sick bucket. [More]