We're nearly at the end of the week folks, so let's just hang on in there and get through it. Anyhoo, welcome back to the Roker Roundup. You know what it is, so I'm just gonna get on with it.
Today is Thursday, March 8th. On this day in history the New York Stock Exchange was founded, Charles de Gaulle airport opened in Paris, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy made it's debut on Radio 4, and back on Wearside Steve Hetzke made the first of 31 long and torrid appearances for the lads at home to Charlton.
Back in the present day, in happier times, here's what's been happening...
Over on fellow SB Nation site Cottagers Confidential, there's a claim that we're looking at Fulham pair Danny Murphy and Pavel Pogrebnyak. The story comes via FansFC, which for all intents and purposes looks no better than Tribal Football, but worth a read perhaps anyway - CLICK HERE
James McClean's back in the news again. This time Niall Quinn's been speaking to RTE about McClean and how he ended up in Sunderland. McClean was found by scout Pop Robson whilst Pop was at Chelsea, he told the Blues but they simply wouldn't take a chance on him. Their loss, our gain. Sunderland trusted Robson's judgement, and the transfer went through - CLICK HERE
David Vaughan has sung the praises of the man he looks set to replace in the lineup for the foreseeable future, Lee Cattermole. The Welshman is also looking to cement a place in the side over the next four games, and aiming to give Martin O'Neill a bit of a headache - CLICK HERE
Our own Michael Graham has been doing a spot of writing over on FootyPlace, and has described the fact that the recent Tyne-Wear derby finishing without a winner as apt, given there appears to be no winners emerging from the game off the pitch. Worthy of your time - CLICK HERE
If you're lucky enough to endure, sorry, enjoy Coldplay at the Stadium Of Light this summer then the support acts have been annoucned as Rita Ora (nope, us neither) and Swedish singer Robyn - CLICK HERE
Jordan Pickford played a half for England U19's at Crewe last night, he kept a clean sheet in that time and generally did quite well. There's a mini-report on the official site - CLICK HERE
And if you didn't get a ticket for Everton, why not get yourself over to the Stadium Of Light and watch it ona big screen. Food, drink and football. What more do you want? Details here - CLICK HERE