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Two Up, Two Down: What are the biggest positives and negatives to take from Sunderland’s performance?

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Racism is indeed blind, as well as ignorant

Whilst Sunderland fans pride themselves on being tolerant and welcoming, even a minority of idiots can try and spoil it for the rest of us - as RR’s Kelvin Beattie sadly discovered on Wednesday night at the Stadium of Light.

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Who would be a good person to bring into Sunderland to play the Paul McShane role, and why?

On Wednesday, Manchester United fielded an U23s side that included an experienced old head - Paul McShane, who is a player-coach for their young side. Who could Sunderland bring into the club in a similar capacity?

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Editorial: Determination & mental strength – why Saturday’s win was the perfect answer to Pompey

It won’t feature on the ‘best performances of the season’ list come May, but Saturday’s display told us an awful lot about the mental strength of this Sunderland side.

Kit Cats: New Sunderland book hits the shelves, and readers have a chance to win a copy! 

Co-author Andrew Smithson gives Roker Report the inside story of how a new book detailing the history of SAFC’s was put together…

Roker Report’s Brainbusters: Are you a Sunderland expert? Prove it!

Take on these SAFC teasers and let us know how you get on…

On This Day (17 October 1936): A ten goal thriller as Sunderland draw at Ayresome Park

Two local rivals went toe-to-toe in a game that saw seven goals in an astounding first half and was all square at 5-5 at the final whistle. It’s a record goal tally that still stands today…

Talking Points: With Elliot Embleton suspended, who should Sunderland start in his place on Tuesday?

Following Sunderland’s 2-1 win against Gillingham yesterday, we want to know how you would replace the suspended Elliot Embleton with if you were in Lee Johnson’s shoes!

Finlay’s Report: Victory at Gillingham worth more than three points for Sunderland

It could be a crucial three points come May, and yesterday’s win showed this Sunderland team have a strong strength of character, too.

Andy’s Player Ratings: Gillingham 1-2 Sunderland - Lads battle back to win with 10 men!!!

Goals from Aiden O’Brien and Tom Flanagan gave Sunderland the lead before Elliot Embleton saw red, but we clung on for all three points. Here’s how Andy rated the players today...

Fan Focus: Gills fan Lewis says “this is the most difficult League One” ahead of SAFC clash!

Ahead of Sunderland’s fixture with Gillingham today, we spoke to writer Lewis Browning about his sides’ poor start to the season under Steve Evans.

On This Day (16 Oct 1979): SAFC trounce the cream of South America, but it’s not enough for Oscar Acre to keep his job

There was a prestige friendly held at Roker Park 42 years ago today, but behind the scenes it led to an acrimonious departure…

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Match Preview: Gillingham v Sunderland - can the Lads make a return to the top of the table?

We return to League One action after the break and we’re back on the road with a trip to Gillingham as we aim to get back to the top of the table - here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Score Predictions: Can Sunderland get back on track at Gillingham?

Our away form is tough to predict at the moment but we give it a go as the Lads visit Gillingham in League One - let us know how you think we’ll get on!

Starting XI: Is this the Sunderland side that will take on Gillingham this afternoon?

Sunderland are in need of a win to bounce back from their pre-international break defeat at Portsmouth. We have a go at guessing what the starting XI will be – what do you reckon?

Reader’s Corner: “Is Dennis Cirkin the new Julio Arca?!”

RR reader Sebastian Masciandaro wonders if Sunderland have found their new Julio Arca in promising left back Dennis Cirkin... Fancy writing? - send us an email!

The Caring Club: What‘s next for Sunderland AFC?

A year ago, our club’s future was uncertain - now it’s secure. As the city is further regenerated over the next decade, and as the economy transitions to a new model, what can Sunderland AFC do to compete?

Fan Letters: Johnny Crossan & Shaun Elliott are two ex-players who get a mention today...

Our recent article on players we’d wished we’d seen has prompted some memories of bygone days, and does the AoL need a spruce up?

A Tribute To Len Ashurst: The man who paved the way for black players at Sunderland

I’ll remember Len for being a man ahead of his time when it came to anti-racism & equality, and the person who laid the foundations for making sure Sunderland was a club that is warm, welcoming and values diversity.

Roker Riches 2021-22: All of our pundits are backing a Sunderland win on Saturday!

After a couple of good cup wins, the wise bets may be on Sunderland getting back to winning ways at Gillingham. What do the Riches lads fancy this weekend?

On This Day (15 Oct 1997): Russ makes his last start for the Lads as Boro brick the team coach!

It was a bad day all round for the lads, as Craig Russell makes his final start in a Sunderland shirt.

Katie’s Player Ratings: Sheffield United Women 1-1 Sunderland AFC Ladies (2-4 on penalties!!!)

Keira Ramshaw’s late penalty sets up a shoot-out win for the Lasses, as Sunderland get two points in the Conti Cup away at Sheffield United. Here’s how Katie rated the players...

Roker Rapport Podcast: Previewing Gillingham v Sunderland w/ the BBC’s Ben Watts!

Rich was joined down the line for our Xtra preview this week by BBC Radio Kent’s Gills commentator - Ben Watts - for a quick chat about our upcoming fixture down at Priestfield on Saturday! You can listen for FREE on Acast, iTunes, Spotify, & YouTube - get stuck in.

How’s Anthony Patterson getting on? Notts County fan Paul gives honest views of SAFC goalie

Despite starting a handful of League One games this season, Sunderland decided to send Anthony Patterson on loan to Notts County. How’s he getting on? We asked podcaster Paul Mace for his views...

Barnesy’s Blog: “I’m loving it this season - the optimism I voiced last month has not dimmed!”

"This football club is back on track and it is big enough and proud enough to stand alone and carve its own niche in the football firmament", says BBC Radio Newcastle’s SAFC match commentator, Nick Barnes.

Score Predictions: Sunderland Ladies’ Conti Cup campaign begins tonight - what will happen?

The Continental Tyres League Cup game against Sheffield United gives some of Sunderland’s younger players the chance to shine, but what does our panel think the score will be?

Match Preview: All the build-up as Sunderland Ladies travel to Sheffield Utd - Haway The Lasses!

Attention turns to the WSL League Cup this evening, with Sunderland Ladies in action against fellow Championship side Sheffield United in Chesterfield.

Roker Ramble: The EFL are going green... and is this the end of football data as we know it?

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for your weekly Roker Ramble: proof there are things happening in the football world outside of Sunderland AFC!

On This Day (14 October 1996): Ten-man Sunderland battle to a point in Roker Park’s final derby match

Middlesbrough visited Roker Park for the first-ever Premiership Wear-Tees derby a quarter of a century ago today, and it turned out to be an action-packed affair…

Roker Rapport Podcast: The Wearne Turn - Some reaction to Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd in the Pizza Cup!

Ant got back from the match a bit cold last night and tried to warm himself up by having a cosy chat with our Malc - as they went over the Sunlun youth victory over the Man Utd youth - as well as giving a few thoughts on the Embo deal!

Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United U23s: Three more points in Trophy group stage

Sunderland’s youngsters outshone Man United’s starlets at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening. Here’s how Andy rated the players...

Embo Signs! Reaction as Sunderland prospect signs new long-term contract

Following today’s fantastic news that Elliot Embleton has signed a new long-term deal with Sunderland, Tom Albrighton reflects on the news and what this means for the club going forward.

Score Predictions: How will Sunderland get on against Manchester United’s kids?

It looks like a very young side will take to the field tonight, but here’s how we think the Lads will get on tonight - let us know what you think!

On This Day (13 Oct 1984): Lads escape Swedish punishment and return to Roker with a bang

But the 2-1 victory left the manager and players wanting more.

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A year on the sidelines: Why seeing Arbenit Xhemajli return for Sunderland is a massive boost

The Kosovan has been restricted to just one Papa John’s Trophy appearance during his time at Sunderland, but his patient return to action is almost complete.