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Roker Roundup: Martin O’Neill talks all things Sunderland, plus Scottish defender linked

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Are so many televised fixtures a positive or a negative for Sunderland?

The Lads have been one of the main attractions for live Championship football this season, but is it problematic that so many games have been moved to suit broadcast schedules?

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January is right around the corner - and Sunderland are looking an attractive option for players

Big club, elite facilities, big fanbase, big expectations - but now we have a team and a style of play that matches the ambitions of the fans, we could be a very attractive option for potential January signings.

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On This Day (9 Dec 1961): Clough and Fogarty at the treble as Sunderland see off Swansea Town

It was Brian Clough’s first season at Roker, and the centre forward had already notched 20 goals as Swansea came to town.

RRP: On Days Like These - An Interview with Sunderland fan (and footballing icon) Martin O’Neill!

You may have seen Martin around of late chatting to people about his brilliant new book - On Days Like These - so our Chris Wynn managed to wrangle an interview with a man who has had his heart both broken and buoyed in pretty equal measure by Sunderland AFC; talking about his love of the club, his time as a player under Cloughie, his many achievements in the game - and his failures as he sees them - as well as a fair few thoughts on his time in charge of his boyhood club!

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How’s Ellis Simms fared since his return to the team?

With two goals in two games, the on-loan Everton striker has made a positive impact for the Lads, so how do our writers assess his form in recent weeks?

On This Day (8 December 1934): Gurney bags a hattrick as Sunderland hit Birmingham for five!

Johnny Cochrane’s Sunderland side were top of the first division and knew that slipping up against Birmingham at Roker Park wasn’t an option - so they stuck five past them, with Bobby Gurney scoring three!

CANCELLED: Lasses Match Preview: Sunderland look to build momentum in Conti Cup against Leicester tonight

Games under the lights at Eppleton can be special, and Sunderland will be hoping for a good crowd in the League Cup tonight following the five-nil victory on Sunday!

Lasses Fan Focus: Leicester fan Alice is hopeful ahead of Conti Cup tie with Sunderland!

Who are the two young Leicester players we should be looking out for at Eppleton tonight? Journalism student Alice has the lowdown on the Foxes.

Sunderland are growing in maturity - on and off the pitch

"There are times when you look at a team and realise that they’ve grown & matured into something much more complete than they previously were - the last two results are evidence that this is happening at Sunderland."

Fan Letters: Do we need to sort out Sunderland’s anthem?

Messages of positivity, views on the Ross Stewart rumour mill, the matchday atmosphere and working on our club anthem... it’s the RR mailbag...

Luke O’Nien makes a case for the defence!

Luke O’Nien has played all over the park for Sunderland - but has he found his natural home in the centre of defence?

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Danny Batth is Sunderland’s rock - he embodies everything we expect in a defender

As he approaches a year on Wearside, the former Stoke defender has become a fans’ favourite through his defensive play and his leadership, writes Phil West

On This Day (7 Dec 1965): All Sunderland wanted for Christmas was Dukla Prague in their away kit

Three World Cup Finalists were in the Dukla Prague team that came to Roker to play after school one night 57 years ago. Perhaps they were hoping to compete for some kind of championship?

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“Wearside pride!” It’s been a fabulous weekend for everyone connected with Sunderland

At home and abroad, this past weekend was a memorable one for everyone of a red and white persuasion, writes Paddy Hollis

On This Day (6 December 1930): Six-goal Sunderland stun Liverpool in the fog!

With legendary striker (and Silksworth’s own) Bobby Gurney leading the line in a game played in thick fog, Sunderland stunned Liverpool at Roker Park by scoring six times - though, they conceded five too!

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How might Sunderland improve their midfield in January?

With the transfer window under a month away, Sunderland may look to shore up the engine room with some additional quality. We asked our writers for their views

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The Class of 2022: Analysing the impact of Sunderland’s summer signings!

As we approach the halfway point of the season, Mark Wood looks at our summer transfer business and highlights who’s stood out during the first half of the campaign

Fan Letters: ‘The atmosphere was flat on Saturday. I’m really worried about the state of it.’

Will’s concerned about the Stadium of Light atmosphere, John’s puzzled by Gooch’s immediate return, while Paul has more important things on his mind.

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Home comforts: Sunderland’s victory over Millwall could be a turning point for our form on Wearside

After passing a stern test on Saturday, Tony Mowbray and his players could be making progress toward shoring up our poor form at the Stadium of Light, writes Phil West

RRP: AMAD Weekend for Mackems - A bit Sunderland AFC 3-0 Millwall Reaction!

Our Phil West and Craig Chapman sat down - following the England win over Senegal of course aye - late Sunday night to quickly go over the events of Saturday afternoon, and to celebrate a pretty decent weekend overall!

Scarr leaves her mark on Coventry as Sunderland Women shine on a golden Sunday

What was all the fuss about? All the Lasses hard work paid off as they sauntered to a crucial victory on the road. But there was more to that win than just five fine goals.

Soup Kitchen Stories: How Sunderland supporters’ donations are saving lives on Wearside

"If Christmas Angels do walk among us, I guess they must look like Andrea Bell and her team of volunteers at Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen."

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Two Up, Two Down: Picking out the positives and negatives from England’s thumping win v Senegal!

Goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka saw the Three Lions into the last eight. What were the positives and negatives from the game?

Editorial: Fortune favours the bold – and Saturday’s win could have a lasting impact

The decision to play Saturday’s game was justified come 3pm – and the ripple effects of that win could affect the rest of the season.

On This Day (5th December 1992): Gray scores on his full debut for Sunderland!

Malcolm Crosby’s Sunderland were on a mini revival after a poor start to the season and Micky Gray was providing hope that things might just be alright...

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Where does a fully-fit Dan Ballard slot into Sunderland’s defence?

With Luke O’Nien and Danny Batth having formed a reliable partnership at the back, we asked our writers whether Ballard comes straight back into the team when he’s match ready

Sunderland shake off their World Cup break cobwebs – eventually!

Tony Mowbray’s Sunderland have put themselves into a brilliant position heading into the Christmas period, writes Finlay Anderson.

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Hot Takes: Sunderland start December in the best possible fashion - how many points this month?

Despite enduring a frustrating first half against Millwall, the Lads stuck at it and the eventual 3-0 victory was fully merited and hard-earned.

Lasses Fan Focus: Coventry United fan Michael Mogan MBE on his love for today’s opposition

"Coventry United gifted my family one of the happiest days of our lives..."

Lasses Roundtable: Are you nervous about today’s big match?

Coventry United have lost nine in a row in the league. We won at Butts Park last season. Today should be nothing to worry about, right?

Lasses Match Preview: A proper must-win game for Sunderland at Cov United today!

The relegation 6-pointer at Butts Park Arena in Coventry this afternoon will be broadcast live on the FA Player this afternoon. It’s simply a crucial match for the Lasses future in the Women’s Championship.

Talking Points: Formation curiosities, set piece struggles – and three massive points!

It was an excellent result yesterday – but in the first half particularly, things were far from perfect...

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Matchday Musings: Back-to-back wins for the lads with all three points at home vs Millwall

It wasn’t a pretty first half, but the second more than made up for it. Malc jotted his thoughts down as the lads achieved a "double W" for the first time this season

On This Day (4 December 1954): A win for Sunderland, but real success alludes the Lads 

Sunderland were on the charge, but the side managed to entertain and frustrate those watching on!

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