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Six Months In: An assessment of the Kyril Louis-Dreyfus era at Sunderland so far

It has been just over six months since Kyril Louis-Dreyfus acquired Sunderland AFC from Stewart Donald. Things are going well on the pitch, but could more be done off it to ensure that we’re maximising our resources?

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Fan Letters: SAFC fan Len wonders if there’s any chance of Jordan Henderson coming home...

Is it beyond the realms of possibility? Meanwhile, Jack and Alan talk QPR in the cup.

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‘There but for the grace of God go we...’

As financial issues take a grip of several clubs in English football, it leads us to reflect on our own situation - and how things could have been different.

How many of the players who played at Wigan should be in the starting XI on Saturday?

Sunderland cruised past table-toppers Wigan in the cup with a team largely made up of fringe players. Should any of them be in the starting eleven when we face Bolton on Saturday?

Cup progress secured - now it’s back to league business against Bolton & Cheltenham!

Every goal and every dropped point is liable to set nerves jangling, but there will undoubtedly be setbacks and jolts along the way. The true test of our promotion credentials will be how we respond to them.

Fan Letters: “Sunderland’s future is looking exciting”

The feel-good factor is back at Sunderland AFC, and there’s a lot of love for Lee Johnson and his young side in today’s fan letters. What do you think? Email:

On This Day (23 Sep 2003): Grant Leadbitter makes his Sunderland debut in cup defeat

Having recently retired from the game, we look back on the debut of Grant Leadbitter for Sunderland on this day 18 years ago!

Sunderland fans... The Soup Kitchen & Foodbanks need your donations at the SoL on Saturday!

Please bring along a bag to the Beacon of Light before the match on Saturday and support the wonderful efforts of local charities to help those in need.

Fan Letters: RR reader Arthur is frustrated by Lee Johnson’s defensive tactics to see out games

Plus, Jack’s curious about how we do our player ratings, and Bob’s written a song... Got something to say? Email us:

Rest in Peace: A tribute to Jimmy Greaves - one of the greatest English strikers of all time

With the sad news of the death of Jimmy Greaves coming this past weekend, we take a look back at the life of an England and TV legend.

What do you think of Sunderland’s owners potentially ‘going global’ and buying other clubs?

Sunderland’s owners have been linked with the purchase of other clubs abroad, and are apparently in talks to buy CA Rentistas. What do you think of the bigger picture stuff, and the potential merits of having a ‘group’ spread across the world that effectively acts as a scouting tool for the club in previously untapped markets?

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On This Day (2013): Paolo Di Canio’s knees are dirty no more as he’s sacked by Sunderland

Having slumped to the foot of the table, Paolo Di Canio was sacked as Sunderland manager eight years ago today following a tense meeting between senior players and the club’s owner on the back of a defeat at West Brom.

Finlay’s Report: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Sunderland – the Black Cats march on to the last 16!

A much-changed Sunderland side faced a much-changed Wigan team in the Carabao Cup last night, with the red and white wizards claiming victory.

Talking Points: Cup run proving a welcome distraction for confident Sunderland!

Sunderland responded to Saturday’s draw in style with a dominant display against Wigan. Here are the key talking points...

Dan’s Player Ratings: Wigan 0-2 Sunderland - The Lads are in the last 16!

A 2-0 win away at Wigan puts classy Sunderland through to the last 16 of the EFL Cup. Here’s how Dan Gething rated the Lads tonight, live from the DW Stadium!

Fan Focus: Wigan fan Barry says that ex-SAFC captain Max is performing at the peak of his powers

Ahead of tonight’s game against Wigan, we spoke to Barry Worthington from Progress With Unity Podcast about our opponents - and he’s enjoying having Max Power back this season!

Score Predictions: Are we backing the Lads to make the last 16 of the Carabao Cup?

The top two of League One meet in Round Three of the Carabao Cup as we predict who progresses to the next round - let us know how you think we’ll get on!

Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Sunderland - League One’s top two clash for a place in last 16!

It’s back to Carabao Cup action for Sunderland tonight as we take on Wigan Athletic for a place in the Fourth Round - here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Fans Around The Country: Bolton-based Lads fan Jonathan reflects on his day out in Fleetwood

Following the away draw at Fleetwood, Lads fan Jonathan - who we caught up with before the match - looks back at the performance, and how he feels looking forward to the rest of the games this week...

Starting XI: Is this the Sunderland side that will take on Wigan Athletic this evening?

Will Lee Johnson name a heavily rotated side for tonight’s cup game? We have a go at guessing what the starting XI will be – what do you reckon?

On This Day (21 September 1930): Sunderland’s ‘messiah’ Bob Stokoe is born

On this day 91 years ago, Bob Stokoe was born into a Sunderland-supporting family – and aren’t we glad he was!

Lasses Podcast Live! Get involved tonight @ 8pm with our weekly interactive Twitter Podcast

Join us tonight at 8pm over on the Roker Report Twitter page as we host our ‘Lasses Podcast LIVE’ Twitter Spaces Podcast, talking all things Sunderland Ladies ahead of the weekend’s game with Lewes – and you can take part!

Editorial: Fleetwood draw could prove to be a watershed moment for this young Sunderland side

While not as dramatic as Reidy’s ‘Nightmare at Elm Park’, Saturday’s draw will have hurt Lee Johnson just as much – and some harsh lessons will have been learned.

Talking Points: Sunderland must find different ways to see out the win, or more pain awaits

We look at the talking points from Saturday’s draw with Fleetwood. What are the alternatives to constantly sitting deep? A reminder to trust the process, and a good day for the Hoff...

What more can Sunderland AFC do to promote the Lasses?

As Sunderland Ladies prepare to take centre stage this Sunday at the Stadium of Light, we look at some ways the club can continue to build the profile and interest in the Lasses.

On This Day (20 Sep 2004): Football world loses a true legend as Brian Clough passes away

On this day 17 years ago, the world of football mourns as Brian Clough passes away at the age of 69.

Fan Letters: “I’m only here to say that Ross Stewart is absolutely brilliant”

Our readers give their views on Bailey Wright’s errors, Ross Stewart’s class, and the lack of updates on the SAFC Ladies Wikipedia page. Got something to say? Email us:

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about Sunderland’s performance on Saturday?

Sunderland dropped just their fifth point of the season at Fleetwood, despite taking a two-goal lead, but why? We take a look at what the data tells us about the way the game played out on Saturday...

Finlay’s Report: “Shambolic” penalty decision turns Sunderland’s three points into one

A late Fleetwood double proved a devastating blow for Sunderland yesterday. Our junior reporter Finlay Anderson reviews the action.

Why Sunderland’s sustainability is about far more than money

The word ‘sustainability’ has been shouted about for the past few seasons, and it’s about far more than the next quarter’s profit and loss statement. It’s about building a football club that can operate successfully – and ultimately sustain itself in the long-term.

Roker Report’s Brainbusters: It’s Sunday - that means another set of Sunderland quiz questions!

Let us know how you get on with Roker Report’s latest batch of SAFC head scratchers… test your mam, test your dad, test your grandad - test all the family!

On This Day (19 Sept 1998): Bridges, Dichio & Rae put Oxford to the sword at the SoL!

Sunderland put 7 (seven) past a sorry Oxford United side in a classic win, on our way to a record 105 point promotion season.

Two up, Two down: The highs and lows from Sunderland’s trip to Fleetwood

If ever a game was ripe for finding both positives and negatives, surely it was Sunderland’s draw away at the Highbury Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Here’s what our panelists had to say...

Andy’s Player Ratings: Fleetwood Town 2-2 Sunderland - Frustration as two points thrown away!

Sunderland throw it away as Fleetwood come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads this afternoon at Highbury Stadium.