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Knowledge is power - what did we learn about Sunderland after Tuesday’s run-out?

"Knowledge is power, and feeds good decisions, and for too long we have relied on the gut feel of the well experienced, with a smattering of luck."

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Fan Letters: How important is spending £££ vs finding value in the loan & free transfer market?

RR reader Paul raises some interesting points about how Sunderland are approaching the transfer market. Where is the value - is it in free agents and loans, or spending to get exactly who you want? Email us with your views:

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Panic off the pitch - but on it, Sunderland have quietly gone about their business in pre-season

Whilst the daily panic of social media paints the club as one in a state of chaos, a very different pre-season campaign from Sunderland has shown we’re actually in decent shape leading up to the season starting.

Fan Letters: What do we think about needing vaccine passports to get into Sunderland games?

In today’s Fan Letters, RR reader Charlie has some strong views on requiring vaccine passports to attend games; Allen wonders if we can offload Grigg onto Wigan; and Stuart is sick of crap customer service at Sunderland’s ticket office. Email us with your views:

Finlay’s Report: Sunderland’s youngins hold their own against tough League Two opposition

We run through all of last night’s action as a Sunderland team mostly made up of academy graduates took on League Two side (and EFL Trophy runners-up) Tranmere. Did any of the players impress you?

On This Day (28 July 1993): Trailblazer Benno celebrates a decade at Roker

A deserved testimonial for the skipper, whose contribution to Sunderland should never be underestimated.

Sean’s Player Ratings: Tranmere 0-0 Sunderland - Fairly decent runout for a young SAFC side

Sunderland’s youngins got some important minutes under the belt against League Two Tranmere tonight, drawing 0-0. Here’s how Sean rated the Lads after tonight’s game...

Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers v Sunderland - all you need to know!

It’s a trip to Merseyside up next as the Lads travel to face Tranmere Rovers on the back of an impressive performance at Harrogate. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Fan Focus: Tranmere fan Paul believes striker James Vaughan’s goals will be ‘tricky to replace’!

Ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Tranmere, Matthew Crichton spoke to This Is Tranmere podcast host Paul Harper! They discuss Tranmere’s reappointment of Micky Mellon, James Vaughan’s retirement, as well as the arrival of ex-SAFC winger Callum McManaman from Australia!

The good, the bad and the ugly of Sunderland’s deadline deals, free transfers and panic buys

It wouldn’t be Sunderland without considerable disquiet over the lack of transfer action in the corridors of SR5 during pre-season. Ian Bendelow looks back at some of the deals of seasons gone by which went well, and some not so well...

Starting XI: Is this the Sunderland side that will take on Tranmere Rovers this evening?

Who do you reckon will make Lee Johnson’s starting 11 as Sunderland take on Tranmere in their penultimate game of preseason?

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Summer 2018 reassessed: Looking back at Jack Ross’ Sunderland recruitment drive

Jack Ross’ squad rebuild in 2018 was a huge task, and one that almost payed off as Sunderland narrowly missed out on promotion through the playoffs. How does that window look four years down the line?

Reader’s Corner: Believe in the process!

"I have noted a lot of discontent amongst our fanbase with the current situation be it from the manager to the players and this is my view" RR reader Sturch83 gives his views on the current situation. - send us an email!

Sunderland Ladies are raring to go ahead of their season in the FA Women’s Championship!

After a quiet start to the summer, things are starting to get going ahead of a massive season for the Lasses, and they’re raring to go. Where do things stand, and what lies ahead for Mel Reay and her side?

Editorial: Luke O’Nien is the perfect choice to captain Sunderland – this season & the seasons to follow

On and off the field, Luke O’Nien could be the perfect person to skipper the team - and the importance of a good captain cannot be underestimated.

Roker Rapport Podcast: Harrogate 0-4 Sunderland, Tranmere (a) & discussing the transfer market!

Gav was joined by our Ant Waterson and a Pod debutant in Phil West as they looked back at yesterday’s 4-0 win over Harrogate, answer a few listener questions, and chat more about recruitment ahead of Sunderland’s final two preseason games against Tranmere and Hull respectively! You can listen for FREE on Acast, iTunes, Spotify, & YouTube - get stuck in.

Report claims that Sunderland in talks with Liverpool over Scottish left-back

No, not Andy Robertson - but the Liverpool Echo claim that Sunderland are in talks for another Scottish left back at Anfield.

Roker Report’s Brainbusters: Test your knowledge of Sunderland’s 1981/82 season!

In this week’s Roker Report Brainbusters, SAFCMerch is testing YOUR knowledge of Sunderland’s 1981/82 season, our links with Harrogate, and more! Take part - what was your score?

Sunderland were impressive at Harrogate - was there anything in particular that caught your eye?

It was a cracking performance, but was there anything in particular that caught your eye in Saturday’s 4-0 pre-season win for Sunderland at Harrogate Town?

Finlay’s Report: Sunderland wow at Harrogate - and Embleton shows why there’s so much hype

Sunderland would be mad to flog Elliot Embleton to Blackpool - particularly if his performance at Harrogate is anything to go by.

On This Day (25 July 1973) - Sunderland legend ‘Super’ Kevin Phillips is born!

A massive Happy Birthday, Super Kev, from Roker Report!

Matty’s Player Ratings: Harrogate Town 0-4 Sunderland - Easy work for Johnson’s silky Mackems

Sunderland played some nice football and scored some nice goals as they defeated League Two side Harrogate Town this afternoon behind closed doors. Here’s how Matty rated the Lads out of ten...

Fan Letters: The pre-season hope and despair of Sunderland fans continues

Are Sunderland fans managing to keep their cool as pre-season continues? Check out the latest batch of fan letters to find out...

Fan Focus: Harrogate fan Katherine says Sunderland’s Jack Diamond can be a crucial first-teamer!

Ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Harrogate this afternoon, Matthew Crichton spoke to Harrogate fan Katherine Swinn. They discussed Harrogate’s survival in League Two last season, the development of Jack Diamond, ex-SAFC striker Jon Stead, as well as what Lee Johnson’s side can expect to encounter during the friendly.

Starting XI: Is this the Sunderland side that will take on Harrogate this afternoon?

Who do you think will make Lee Johnson's starting eleven when Sunderland take on Harrogate this afternoon?

Match Preview: Everything you need to know ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Harrogate Town!

We’re halfway through our pre-season games as we head down the road to North Yorkshire to face Harrogate Town - here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Roker Roundup: Chris Maguire says he was “gutted” to leave Sunderland

"I had three years at the club and loved every minute of it and was gutted to leave." - Chris Maguire speaks candidly about his Sunderland departure, and why he left.

How much do you think pre-season results matter?

We’re often told that playing before the league campaign starts is an exercise to purely get our players fitter and sharper, but does it matter if you win or lose games in pre-season?

The clock is ticking, and some positive Sunderland news would be most welcome

It’s been a slow summer for Sunderland so far – and some positive news would give everyone a bit of a boost.

On This Day (23 July 1999): Michael Bridges leaves Sunderland for Leeds in £5m deal

He was one of the most promising players seen at Sunderland for a generation – but with a certain Kevin Phillips blocking his route into the first team, Bridges’ options were limited.

Reader’s Corner: The harsh reality of League One

RR reader (and ever-present in the comments section) AngryJoe believes we’re going to have to wait until we get promoted to see KLD splash the cash. - send us an email!

The Wright move for Lee Johnson and Sunderland?

Bailey Wright has been an important figure at Sunderland following his initial loan spell from Bristol City, so rumours about a possible transfer for the Aussie took many of us by surprise. Would his departure be the right thing for SAFC?

Finlay’s Report: Sunderland held to a draw in York as pre-season heats-up

A new kit, a goal from Dan Neil but some big opportunities missed, plus injury concerns for Gooch. All the action from Wednesday evening’s match at the York Community Stadium from our junior reporter, Finlay.

On This Day (2016): Worst kept secret in English football is made official as Big Sam leaves

Big Sam broke our hearts as he left for England, setting off a chain of events that has us facing a 4th year in League One - and it was only 5 years ago.