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On This Day (23rd March 2019): Ross praises ‘calming’ influence Grant Leadbitter!

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Fan Letters: “Early leavers - why do they do it?”

Fans leaving early, throwing items on to the field of play from the stands and signing new strikers - all in the latest RR mailbag! Email us:

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Reluctant to renew? The thorny issue of Sunderland season cards

As thoughts turn to 2023/2024 and how the club can build on their efforts this season, Phil West looks at whether now is as good as time as any to take the plunge and recommit

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When did we say Auf Wiedersehen to our once ‘friendly’ rivalry with the Mags?

Many years ago it wasn’t uncommon for football fans to watch Sunderland AND Newcastle, depending on who was at home. When did that all change?

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Dan Neil’s new Sunderland contract is a boost for the club and the fans, and he deserves it!

The homegrown midfielder has become a key player for Tony Mowbray and hopefully we can continue to see the best of him in the red and white stripes

Fan Letters: “Why aren’t Sunderland giving more opportunities to fringe players?”

Questions on Sunderland’s approach to the rest of the season, suggestions regarding the matchday experience and a query on the workings of the clock on the scoreboards - all in the latest RR mailbag! Email us:

On This Day (22 March 1969): Late Suggett goal rescues a point for Sunderland vs Newcastle!

Colin Suggett’s late goal in the derby sent forty-odd thousand geordies home unhappy as Sunderland rescued a point in the derby at St James Park!

On This Day (21st March 1935): Happy Birthday to former Sunderland player Brian Clough!

On what would have been his 88th birthday, we look back at the Sunderland career of one of the all-time greats of the game - Brian Clough.

FA Cup Fairytale: What the 1973 win meant to me

"Those times were imprinted on my young mind and created a bond with Sunderland AFC which is still strong. I am a lifelong fan. ‘Sunderland til I die’ was not chanted in 1973, but it might as well have been."

Roker Roundtable: As Sunderland have steadied the ship, which players have caught the eye?

The Lads have picked up four points from three tough games in Norwich, Sheffield United and Luton. We asked our writers for their thoughts on who’s impressed the most over the past seven days

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Fan Letters: “Next season will be a real acid test of Sunderland’s approach to recruitment”

More thoughts on the kind of players we should be targeting in the transfer window and a letter from Australia on the subject of EFL refereeing are in the RR mailbox today! Email us:

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Brilliant Ballard! The former Arsenal youth prospect is looking better and better for Sunderland

Despite missing a large chunk of the season through injury, the Northern Ireland international oozes class and could be a Premier League defender in waiting, writes Phil West

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On This Day (20th March 2016) - Mags leave it late to salvage a point!

Big Sam was looking to do the double over the Mags back in 2016 in a fixture that had the potential to change the complexion of the race to beat the drop from the Premier League.

Editorial: How do Sunderland get the most out of what’s left of this season?

If we now consider the play-offs to be out of reach, do we start looking ahead to next season?

Roy of the Rokers: Sunderland vs Luton Town FA Cup 6th Round Edition! 

Gary Engel continues his look at Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup run in the style of the legendary cartoon. Today’s edition takes in the 1972/1973 sixth round against Luton Town!

Sunderland - a city and a club on the up

2023 looks set to be a year of redevelopment for Sunderland - and I’m not just talking about on the football pitch.

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After a tough few weeks and some bad losses, Sunderland are very much back on an even keel

The defeat to Stoke City could’ve sapped the players’ morale to devastating effect, but they’ve shown some admirable fighting spirit in the three games that have followed.

Matchday Musings: Mowbray masterstroke earns Sunderland another point!

Another point for the lads against a good Luton Town side solidifies what has been a so-far successful return to the Championship.

Lasses Fan Focus: We speak to John Slingsby about Sheffield United Women ahead of today’s game

After Sunderland men played against Sheffield United midweek, it’s time for our lasses to face the Blades at Eppleton. But how does fan John Slingsby feel about the fixture?

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Talking Points: Is it time for Sunderland to move on from Joe Gelhardt?

Despite falling behind to Rob Edwards’ team, the Lads rallied impressively to snatch a point on Saturday afternoon. Phil West looks at the key talking points from the game

Lasses Match Preview: How will Sunderland Women fare against the Blades in today's game at Eppleton?

A vital game for Sunderland Women today, as a win over Sheffield United can all but confirm the lasses’ survival in the Championship. But just how do the two sides face up?

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Two Up, Two Down: Luton left as mad as Hatters as Sunderland grab an equaliser!

Saturday’s game was a real battle for the Lads but they salvaged a point thanks to Amad’s coolly converted penalty. What did our writers make of the game?

On This Day (19 March 2005): A chip off the old block gives the Lads an important win

A Sunderland striker follows in his father’s footsteps, taking the Lads top in the process.

Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-1 Luton Town - late penalty earns a point for the Lads!

A frustrating afternoon was brightened late on as a late penalty meant it ended all square at the Stadium of Light - here’s how Andy rated the Lads this afternoon.

Starting XI: Same again for Sunderland versus Luton Town?

Tony Mowbray named an unchanged team on Wednesday night, but will he shuffle the pack this afternoon?

On This Day (18 March 1978): Lee rises for winner, but crowds were falling at Sunderland 

Billy Bingham used to perform in front of record breaking crowds at Roker, but those days were long gone by the late 1970s…

Score Predictions: Can the Lads topple the Hatters at home?

What will the score be today?

Fan Focus: Luton fan Ian says that new boss Rob Edwards has really lifted their promotion push!

We spoke to Ian Robertson of the We Are Luton Town fan page ahead of today’s game to discuss their fantastic form under new boss Rob Edwards. Which of their players should Sunderland be wary of?

Match Preview: Sunderland v Luton Town - everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

The Lads entertain high-flying Luton Town this afternoon in a bid to avoid going four games without a victory at the Stadium of Light - here’s all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

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Jewison Bennette is an exciting prospect- is it time to give him a chance in Sunderland’s first team?

The Costa Rica international has shown flashes of his ability this season, and Finlay Anderson looks at whether it’s time for Tony Mowbray to bring him into the fold

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Sunderland are in a decent league position, and we’re far from a state of mediocrity!

With nine games left, the Lads remain much closer to the top six than the bottom three, and mid table security has never felt so good, writes Paddy Hollis

FA Cup Fairytale: Morecambe & Wise Men Say

"We had no right to feel as we did, given the previous five years, but given the previous ten games, I felt we had every right" — Kelvin Beattie’s epic story of the run towards the 1973 FA Cup final continues...

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Roker Roundtable: Could questionable Championship officiating be the catalyst for VAR?

After more poor calls during Sunderland’s defeat to Sheffield United, we asked our writers for their thoughts on whether the video technology ought to be introduced in the second tier

On This Day (17 March 2015): The Little General arrives at the Stadium of Light

Mr Advocaat, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to keep Sunderland up in just nine games...

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Fan Letters: “The officials who oversaw the Sheffield United game weren’t good enough!”

Some no-nonsense musings on another inept refereeing display, thoughts on the issue of consolidation and praise for Abdoullah Ba are in the RR mailbox today! Email us:

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