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Sunderland’s aim must be to compete in the Championship - can they do it?

"The club has moved quickly by releasing the retained list, but building a competitive squad will be tough, and the hard work starts now," writes Jon Guy.

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On This Day (29 May 1943): Many happy returns to former Sunderland boss Mick Buxton!

Mick Buxton turns 79 today: Roker Report marks the career of the man who supported Sunderland as a boy, and would go on to manage the club…

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Sunderland AFC: The Future

"KLD seems to be a patient man, content to build from the ground up, which is a good thing as foundations under past regimes have been found to be built on sand."

My Wembley Story: “The big ship has been turned around, and we’re heading back on course!”

RR reader John Wilson’s stepson has only known four years of disappointment but is now a proud exile with a season card. Do you want to tell your Wembley story? Email us at

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On This Day (28 May 1990): Promotion hopes dashed, or were they? 

Thirty two years ago today, the Lads lost at Wembley in the playoff final, but in the end, it didn’t really matter…

Roker Roundup: Another Dajaku clause… and Sunderland U23s are heading to Canada

Leon Dajaku’s former club have had to fork out some money for him, and our U23s side are headed across the pond to Canada for pre-season...

Spot yourself in Sunderland’s Wembley crowd!

The Getty picture archive is teeming with wonderful shots from last week’s match, each one a memorable moment captured forever. Here are 100 shots of our fans in one big gallery... can you spot yourself?

Hoffmann Speaks: German goalkeeper says goodbye to Sunderland fans in latest Kicker column

Auf Wiédersehen, Thorben! The on-loan Bayern Munich goalkeeper says his goodbyes to Sunderland fans following the expiration of his deal in his latest column for Kicker.

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Perfect Patterson! Sunderland’s new number one has been key to our success

Since breaking into the first team, Sunderland’s homegrown hero has become a commanding and reliable presence in goal, writes Michael Dunne.

On This Day (27 May 2009): Short takes charge as Sunderland consider pulling plug on Bruce deal

It was all change at the Stadium of Light, after the club had just scraped Premier League survival.

Readers’ Corner: My Wembley Story!

RR reader Paul Burdon’s son managed to secure their family some tickets for Wembley, and it’s a day they’ll never forget. Do you want to tell your Wembley story? Email us at

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Sunderland appear to have found a good Kristjaan 

Sunderland’s sporting director has plenty on his plate, but is Kristjaan Speakman shaping up?

Roker Roundtable: How will you remember Aiden McGeady’s time at Sunderland?

The veteran Irishman has departed the club following the expiration of his contract. How do our panel assess his contributions in red and white?

Roker Rapport Podcast: Sunderland win the Playoff Final! (Part Two - The Match!)

Part two of what is turning into a series of podcasts surrounding Sunderland’s promotion over the weekend - in this episode Rich, Phil and Bomber reflect on their own experiences and discuss the match itself - with a tablespoon of tactical analysis and a sprinkling of hero worship...

Fan Letters: “What a ride!” - How good did it feel to see Sunderland do the business at Wembley?

"I flew back from Malta to watch the game - I missed my first flight, so didn’t arrive until half time, but it was by far the best day of my life," writes RR reader Niall! Got something to say? Email us:

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Roker Roundtable: Now that the season has ended, how should Kristjaan Speakman be judged?

Sunderland’s sporting director has been criticised this season, but with promotion secured, has he succeeded in his task?

Championship away days are here again!

It’s been a while, but we can finally look forward to some proper Championship away days next season - here are the three games that Paddy Hollis is looking forward to most!

On This Day (26 May 1938): Sunderland fall to Celtic as the Scots progress in Empire Cup replay

Sunderland took part in a "celebration of Empire" by playing Celtic twice in two days. In the end, it took 210 minutes to separate the two giants!

Sunderland AFC are back - and now, we need you to come back too

After many years of pain, anger and despair, lots of lifetime Sunderland supporters fell away. Now, we are back - and we really need you with us next season at the SOL.

Retained and Released - the Lads list is out and it will shape Sunderland’s summer

The club have released the list of retentions for the men’s senior squad, which sees the end of McGeady, Burge & Willis’ time on Wearside as well as the continuation of Wright, Roberts & Gooch’s SAFC career.

Talking Points: Who deserves a new contract & which loan players should we sign permanently?

Following Sunderland’s promotion back to the Championship, Matty Crichton discusses some of the key decisions that Alex Neil will have to make!

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After four years of anxiety, disappointment and mockery, Sunderland can finally look forward again

Sunderland have finally broken free from the clutches of League One. If the right moves are made and the manager is backed, the future could be bright.

Oh, oh, he’s Magic... Alex Neil!

The collaboration between Alex Neil and Sunderland AFC feels like a perfect partnership, and as Gary Engel writes, we have a lot to thank Neil for.

Wembley Stadium: No longer the arch enemy of Sunderland AFC

For a long time the twin towers and then the arch symbolised glorious failure in the eyes of many Sunderland fans, but recent results at the national stadium point to a brighter future for the club.

Talking Tactics: How did Sunderland win the playoff final? A full breakdown

RR’s resident analyst Coel Young dissects Sunderland’s performance from Saturday - just how did Alex Neil mastermind a win for The Lads on the big stage?

On This Day (25 May 1998): Defeat turns to belief after Sunderland face Charlton in Wembley classic

Only one Mackem celebrated as Sunderland fell at the final hurdle at Wembley in the £10m playoff for a place in the Premiership. It’s a game one fan hadn’t ever felt able to watch back, until now...

Fan Letters: “I was plastered on sky shouting my lungs out for the lads” says Ryan!

In our first batch of post-playoff fan letters, we’ve cause for celebration, a call for quick spending, and some flying dentures!

Roker Rapport Podcast: Sunderland win the Play-Off Final! (Part One... The Fans!)

WE DID IT LADS AND LASSES - Sunderland AFC are back in the EFL Championship after four long years in League One! We’re a bit knackered now mind...

Has Lynden Gooch done enough to earn a new contract at SAFC?

It may be the sentimentalist in me, but I can’t help but think the answer has to be an overwhelming ‘yes’.

On This Day (24 May 2015): Sunderland lose final league game at Stamford Bridge

After the effort at The Emirates only days earlier, Sunderland’s season wound down at Stamford Bridge. Now, who ordered a chair for Didier Drogba?

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Super Six: The players who have flourished most under Alex Neil’s management

Alex Neil’s influence on the squad since his arrival has been significant. Philip West looks at six players who have benefited enormously from the Scot’s approach.

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Forty nine years of heartache have ended ended with one Wembley victory

"Sunderland’s playoff success is a blessing for the club in both the short and long-term," writes Paddy Hollis.

Roker Roundtable: Did you always believe that Sunderland’s promotion was a possibility?

After such a turbulent season and some damaging defeats, how surprised were our panel that Sunderland finally managed to gain promotion via the playoffs?

It’s days like these where you realise you’re completely & hopelessly in love with Sunderland

It’s been a long time coming hasn’t it? The Lads did it the hard way, but they’re finally on the up once again. It almost makes the dark moments worth the pain...