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Match Report: Three years longer than expected, but Sunderland are promoted to the Championship

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On This Day (22 May 1967): Roker witnesses FA Youth Cup history 

Success! Sunderland won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history 55 years ago today...

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Phil’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 2 Wycombe 0- We’ve finally done it!

Elliot Embleton and Ross Stewart were the goalscoring heroes as Sunderland finally sealed a Championship return. Here’s how Phil rated the players…

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Play-Off Final Score Predictions: Will Sunderland seal promotion?

How confident are we that Sunderland can gain promotion? Here’s our predictions for the play-off final at Wembley this afternoon.

Roker Riches 2021-22: Ninety minutes from promotion - are the Lads backing our team to go up?

Sunderland now stand very close to leaving the third tier. What are our Riches lads backing in this last chance to lay a wager on our Black Cats this season?

Starting XI: Who will be lining up for the lads at Wembley this afternoon?

It’s now or never... so who’ll be in the starting XI for today’s do-or-die clash against Wycombe?

On This Day (21 May 1965): Sunderland move in to fill the Roker Park hot seat

Ian McColl was appointed Sunderland manager 57 years ago today, but early expectations soon faded.

Alex Neil’s Sunderland: “A Terrible Beauty”

Another poem for a Wembley matchday, with a nod to WB Yeats.

On This Day (20 May 2015): Dick cries & Costel channels his inner Monty as Sunderland survive

A sturdy defensive display saw the lads get the point they needed to secure survival... for another season at least.

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Wembley nerves... hello, old friend

It’s time to sing loud and sing proud for our boys in red and white!

There in spirit: The play-off final from across the pond

Our American correspondent Kevin Campbell is looking forward to the play-off final – despite not being able to attend in person!

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Let’s do the job in ninety minutes and avoid any penalty shootout drama!

Hopefully, the game won’t be settled from twelve yards, but as Jon Guy writes, we might have to brace ourselves for a nerve-shredding conclusion to the playoff final.

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Reader’s Corner: Let’s hope the wise men are looking down on us under the arch

"Whilst it’s the hope that invariably kills us, we are called at five minutes to three on a Saturday afternoon to keep the faith. This Saturday is no different," writes RR reader Gavin Callaghan. Fancy writing? RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk - send us an email!

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Roker Roundtable: What kind of starting XI should Alex Neil pick for Saturday?

With Sunderland being as close to full strength as we can be, Neil certainly has plenty of options to choose from. Who should get the nod against Wycombe?

A Calling

The Lasses Podcast: Exclusive interview with Sunderland WPL double-winner Gemma Wilson!!!

Local lass Gemma Wilson grew up playing football on the streets of Washington. She represented the club as a no-nonsense central defender, winning three WPL titles, a league and league cup double, and a WSL2 title. Not too shabby a career then!

Sunderland’s date with destiny: Saturday could be our time!

Wembley should no longer be a place to fear for Mackems; instead, look forward with optimism and hope, as this is no ‘typical Sunderland’, argues Finlay Anderson.

Lasses Roundtable: Should Sunderland & the rest of the FAWC have dedicated areas for away fans?

The sight of tens of thousands of Man City and Chelsea fans groups together at either end of Wembley last Sunday got us thinking... should we introduce away supporters areas in the Women’s Championship?

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Fan Letters: Ticket troubles and playoff final omens!

Securing tickets for Saturday and positive signs ahead of the big game are our topics today! Got something to say? Email us: RokerReport@yahoo.co.uk

After a turbulent season, Alex Neil’s men can finally finish the job - let’s go for it!

As we prepare to head for Wembley and the playoff final, Jon Guy says that the time is now for Sunderland to take the crucial next step.

On This Day (19 May 1977): Sunderland are relegated after final day defeat!

We knew what we had to do to stay up, but then we required a positive result from elsewhere.

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Sunderland’s improvement since January has been remarkable, but we cannot stop now

After a season that was in danger of fizzling out, Sunderland have been reborn in recent months. Tom Albrighton looks at the changes that have had such a big impact.

On This Day (18 May 1913) - Champions Sunderland’s European tour comes to a nasty end in Hamburg

At a time when dismissals were a rarity, the news of two Sunderland players being sent off in a "friendly" in Germany made headline news around Britain. It was our final game outside the UK for 38 years.

Lasses Interview: We speak to forward Emily Hutchinson about her injury & her comeback

Just at the start of the 21/22 season, Emily received the worst possible news after tearing her ACL in the same knee which sidelined her for a year prior. We speak to Emily about that injury, how she stays motivated and her goals for the future

Badly recruited, but definitely the right man - Alex Neil is Sunderland’s guy for the future

The club’s leadership team might have gone the wrong way about appointing him, but there can be no doubt that Alex Neil is absolutely the right man for Sunderland - not just now, but going forward.

Sunderland must begin to move forward and into a new era - now is the time to do it

This Saturday at Wembley, the players have a chance to set the club on a new path. After four turbulent and challenging years, it would be a long overdue reward.

Roker Roundtable: Can Sunderland play a fast-paced, dynamic game against Wycombe?

On the large Wembley pitch, and against a physical opponent, can Sunderland play with creativity and avoid a war of attrition in the playoff final?

Roker Rapport Podcast: Exclusive Interview with Wembley winner Max Power!!!

Our countdown to the 21/22 Playoff Final continues, and who better to speak to than the third man to lift silverware at Wembley for the Lads - the man whose name you’d love to touch - ex-Sunderland captain and newly promoted Wigan midfielder Max Power?

New Podcast: Roker Report - The Lasses... Sunderland AFC Women Season Review 2021/22

We’re proud to have launched a brand new show "Roker Report - The Lasses", a podcast dedicated to women’s football at our club. In the first episode Ant and Charlotte join host Rich to chat about the 2021/22 season and look ahead to next year. Listen here...

Exclusive: Ex-Sunderland captain Max Power gives us his views on the League One Playoff Final

Speaking exclusively to the Roker Rapport Podcast, former Sunderland captain Max Power gave us his opinion on how the Play-Off Final on Saturday will play out…

When the prize is greatest, Sunderland can dig deep and emerge victorious - one more to go!

During recent months, Sunderland have shown that they can carve out opportunities to win games in adverse circumstances. This sets us in good stead for the playoff final.

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Fan Letters: “Trials and tribulations of the 1973 FA Cup final!”

Memories of 1973, and thoughts on fans leaving games early are our topics today! Got something to say? Email us: RokerReport@yahoo.co.uk

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How do you feel about VAR being used in the playoff final?

After lengthy discussions, it has been confirmed that VAR will be used in Saturday’s playoff final. How do our panel feel about video technology influencing the game?

“Sunderland must remember that Wycombe are a much better side than they would have you believe!”

Complacency is kryptonite to the Black Cat’s chances of victory on Saturday - and the one thing they must do is ignore the cult of little old Wycombe...

On This Day (17th May 1987): Sunderland are relegated to Division Three for the first time

Once known as ‘The Bank of England Club’, the once-great Sunderland AFC plunged to (at the time) the lowest depths in their history when relegation to the third tier was confirmed back in 1987.