We've made it this far everyone. It's been quite a week, and now begins a moment of calm before the storm of the weekend. Indeed it's time for the final Roker Roundup of the week.
So today is the 2nd of March, and on this day in 1797, the Bank of England first issued one and two pound bank notes. In 1933 the film "King Kong" debuted in New York cinemas, and in 1973 Dennis Longhorn, the actual Dennis Longhorn, made his debut for the club in a home tie with Middlesbrough.
However it's 2012 now, and time to get up to speed with what's been happening on this very day in the wonderful world of Sunderland AFC...
Martin O'Neill is in bullish mood ahead of Sunday's big match, citing his own experiences of derby matches as a player and manager as the thing that could give us the edge this weekend. Martin has a great record in derby games, as we pointed out on Wednesday in an article. Maybe he was reading (not likely) - CLICK HERE
The transfer window is still way-off, but an article in The Chronicle reckons we're in the chase for Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha. The article its;elf, written by Lee Ryder, makes mention of our interest and scouts appearance at the U21 game at 'Boro the other day, but then proceeds as to how good he'd be for Newcastle. I'd expect nothing less from him to be honest - CLICK HERE
Lee Cattermole looked a little off against West Brom, and you have to wonder if the impending ban which will follow his next yellow card was on his mind. Apparently it's not now, and he's prepared to do whatever to win this Sunday's derby match. To quote the man himself, if he is banned for the FA Cup, then so be it - CLICK HERE
Martin O'Neill's been on about Wayne Bridge too. Saying there's been no assessment yet on whether or not he'll have a future on Wearside. Can't say fairer than that really, he's done "alright" in his limited action so far, but wouldn't by any means have expected a verdict yet - CLICK HERE
O'Neill in the news again, but it's someone talking about him rather than the man himself doing the talking. Robbie Savage, who played under O'Neill at Leicester City says his former gaffer would be a great England coach. Sod off Robbie, he's barely got his feet under the table here at the moment - CLICK HERE
And finally, Stephane Sessegnon's stuck in Paris as his flights are all ballsed up. It could be worse than being 'stuck' in one of the worlds finest cities with your friends and family though. If anything he should come back pretty bouyant. He's gonna come back tomorrow - CLICK HERE