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The Lads gave it their all, and that’s the very least that I expect from them

Losing is never nice, but if you’re going to lose, you go down with a fight - and given what we’ve seen from Sunderland since Alex Neil arrived, was that ever in doubt?

Talking Points: Sunderland battled hard against The Blades but left with nothing

In a game that many felt we were destined to lose before it started, Sunderland scrapped for an hour with ten men and took Sheffield Utd right to the final whistle. Talking points a plenty then!

On this day (18 August 2009) Future England skipper makes first league start for the lads

Talk about a baptism of fire!

Andy’s Player Ratings: Sheff Utd 2-1 Sunderland - Battling ten-man Mackems lose at Bramall Lane

Despite playing most of the game with ten men, Sunderland battled hard but ultimately lost away at promotion favourites Sheffield United. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads...

Fan Focus: Sheffield United fan Callum is backing Paul Heckingbottom’s side to battle for promotion!

Ahead of Sunderland’s away trip tonight, we spoke to Sheffield United fan and writer Callum Cheswick to discuss how his side have started the Championship season.

Starting XI: Sheff Utd v SAFC – who’ll replace Ballard at the heart of Sunderland’s defence?

Same again – bar Dan Ballard – for the lads tonight? Or will Alex Neil try something different?

Interview & Analysis: Getting to know Sunderland Women’s young starlet Grace Ede!

From Sunderland RTC starlet to senior team, it has been an incredible year for 17-year-old Grace Ede. We chat to her about life outside of football, and analysed her game.

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Roker Roundtable: With Dan Ballard sidelined, how can Sunderland regain their defensive solidity?

The former Arsenal and Millwall defender has been ruled out with a fractured foot, in a blow to Alex Neil’s plans. We asked our panel how Sunderland might address the issue of his absence

Roker Report Score Predictions 2022-23: Game 4 - Sheffield United v Sunderland

Can Sunderland get anything playing away at the Blades, after dropping two points very late at home to QPR? Here are the first set of midweek predictions this season from the RR team.

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Fan Letters: “I will not purchase Sunderland tickets until the system is brought up to standard”

Ongoing issues with the ticketing system, thoughts about the treatment of supporters, and the current state of the stadium are in the RR mailbox today. Got something to say?

Match Preview: Sheffield United v Sunderland - all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

It’s our second trip to the Steel City in the space of seven days, but this time it’s to Sheffield United for our next Championship fixture. Here’s all you need to know!

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Opinion: Sunderland have shown their Championship potential, but they need to get smarter, and fast!

Saturday’s draw against QPR was a sickening result, but it also highlighted the importance of being ruthless and savvy in our game management as we adjust to a new league, writes Phil West

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Roker Roundtable: How could Sunderland make their fans feel more connected to the club?

Once known as ‘The Caring Club’, Sunderland could do so much more to show their appreciation for the loyal support they receive. We asked our panel what they would like to see

Fan Letters: More issues with tickets and the club shop... or lack of those things to be exact!

The club finally acknowledged there is a problem yesterday, but do they really understand the problems this is causing fans?! Email us:

On This Day (16th August 2014): Sunderland start Premier League season with entertaining draw

After an incredible end to the previous season, where Sunderland completed a great escape, Gus Poyet’s men commenced the new one with a draw in an entertaining first game against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Opinion: So far, so good on Sunderland’s return to the Championship!

Sunderland have made an unbeaten start to life back in the Championship, found their new ‘SAS’, and produced some cracking football along the way - long may it continue.

News: Sunderland set to seal the signing of 18-year old Costa Rica international on 4 year deal

According to various news outlets and TV stations in Costa Rica, one of the best young talents in the country - 18-year-old international winger Jewison Bennette - will fly to Sunderland on Tuesday to sign a four year deal.

Roker Rapport Podcast: The Sunderland 2-2 QPR Review and more Steve Davison data nonsense!

Gav returns with Phil and Martin to look at the 2-2 draw against QPR on Saturday in a bit more detail, as well as getting a few things off their chests regarding the administrative side of the club...

Lasses Matchday Musings: Euros excitement was on show as Sunderland end pre-season on a high!

A bumper Eppleton crowd cheered the Lasses onto a convincing win over tough opposition on Sunday, setting up Mel Reay’s side nicely for the Championship season ahead.

On This Day (15 August 1997): Sunderland’s first competitive game at the Stadium of Light

We’d watched on as it was built and we got our first look against Ajax, but things got serious as we took on Manchester City in the first competitive game at the Stadium of Light.

Editorial: Sunderland fans look to you to sort these problems, Mr Davison. It’s time to act!

An open letter to Steve Davison.

Talking Tactics: Why the data shows that Sunderland shouldn’t panic about the QPR result

We all know how the result went on Saturday, but what does the data tell us about Sunderland’s performance against QPR? Brandon Feeley dives deep to find out...

Opinion: ‘This result stung, but Sunderland must take the positives after QPR disappointment’

Conceding two late goals against the Hoops was painful, but as Mitch Marshall writes, the picture is not entirely negative for Alex Neil and his players

Fan Letters: Some Sunderland fans can’t to get into the ground due to ticketing issues!

Another set of pretty alarming emails relating to ticketing and season cards, with praise for those members of staff who really do care. Email us:

Talking Points: Sunderland must improve their defensive depth as Dan Ballard will miss two months!

Following Sunderland’s late capitulation against QPR, Matty talks Simms & Stewart, game management and how we MUST add depth at right-back and centre back!

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Hot Takes! Two points dropped, but plenty of encouragement amid the frustration for Sunderland

At 2-0 up against QPR, Alex Neil’s team looked set for an excellent victory - but some familiar weaknesses came back to bite us on Saturday, and the result was a sickener

Lasses Fan Focus: Forest fan Ryan looks ahead to Sunderland friendly today

The Lasses return to Eppleton today ahead of the new season to take on Nottingham Forest of the Women’s National League. We asked Forest fan Ryan Johnstone to tell us all about his team and what Sunderland can expect.

Lasses Match Preview: Sunderland take on Nottingham Forest in final pre-season friendly

Sunderland can end their pre-season on a high in front of over a 1,000 people at Eppleton today and give them a taste for what is to come this season.

On This Day (14 August 1999): Sunderland prove their point with a clean sheet

A goalless draw might not seem too encouraging, but given the context it meant a lot to Peter Reid’s men...

Fan Letters: Steve Davison – Why have you let our club become a complete shambles off the field?

The number of emails we’re getting about the horrendous service the club is offering off the field at present is really, really concerning. Something needs to be done – and quickly. Email us:

Is Brianna Westrup any good? Rangers fans give their take on Sunderland Women's latest signing

To get an idea of the type of player Brianna Westrup is we spoke to sportswriter Chris Marshall and Rangers Women’s fan Kar Garr.

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Two Up, Two Down! QP-AAAAARGH! Sunderland drop two points as the Hoops score twice late on

Sunderland let a victory slip as they conceded two late goals against QPR on Saturday. What were the positives and negatives that we can take from the game?

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