Welcome everyone, it's time for the Roker Roundup, which is basically just the best of the news, in case you've missed anything at all today in the world of Sunderland.
It's March the 7th, and on this day in history Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone, funnyman Rik Mayall celebrates his birthday, as does our youth keeper Jordan Pickford, and on Wearside in 1914, we drew 0-0 with Burnley in an FA Cup 4th Round tie. Whoopee.
All of which his relatively dull, so let's just get on with today's news...
Martin O'Neill has spoken out again about the sending off of Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon in the Tyne-Wear derby. Having already publicly condemned their behaviour, he's now added that the pair will both be fined, as is customary in these situations - CLICK HERE
Continuing the Tyne-Wear derby, "fuss over nothing" which seems to be never ending, The FA have decided to charge both clubs with a failure to control their players in the wake of James McClean's challenge on Danny Simpson during the first half, which lead to some handbags - CLICK HERE
On the injury front, Nicklas Bendtner has been talking openly about his broken eye socket, how it felt and the road to recovery. The Dane feared at first he'd go blind after suffering what he believes is the worst injury he's ever had. Scary stuff I'm sure - CLICK HERE
Craig Gordon was on th ebench for the derby, and he has also been talking about his long road to recovery. It's been tough for Gordon, and with him out of contract at the end of the season it's now more important than ever that the Scotsman proves his fitness if he wants to continue his career at the highest level - CLICK HERE
On the club's official site, they've a handy roundup of how all our loan players got on this midweek in the Football League. If you're looking for some brief snippets on the likes of Billy Knott, John Egan, Louis Laing and others, this is the place to have a look - CLICK HERE
And finally, we're trying to extend our training facilities at the Academy Of Light, including a synthetic outdoor pitch which would be of great help in the winter months. Some locals however are uppity about it, and the governemnt will intervene to decide what happens. Well, they can be relied upon to do the right thing eh? - CLICK HERE