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On This Day (26 June 1957): Bill Murray steps down, and it’s no joke for Sunderland

The repercussions of an investigation into illegal player payments continued to be felt on Wearside, with long-serving manager Bill Murray leaving the club 65 years ago today…

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Make Your Case: Is Ravel Morrison a player that Sunderland should possibly take a gamble on?

Recent transfer rumours have linked us with a move for the ex-West Ham and Lazio player. Is he someone we should be targeting, or is he simply not the right fit for us?

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The Roker Report Summer Reading List: Part 1

We asked some of our writers what books they recommend Sunderland fans take on their summer holidays, and what’s up next on their bookshelf. Do you have a favourite you like to pass on?

Getting off to a good start to the season is important for Sunderland - even more so this time

Having a good start to our first season back in the Championship is very important, we all know that, but why is it even more important this time around? Tom Albrighton has his say...

Opinion: Ownership clarity is the foundation for Sunderland success

The decision by Kyril Louis-Dreyfus to acquire a controlling stake in the club can be viewed in many ways but all have to be seen as positive for Sunderland, its players, and its fans.

Opinion: Transfer targets should be champing at the bit to play for Sunderland

The biggest stadium, the best facilities, great coaching, talented teammates - ambitious players looking for a footballing home would be foolish to go anywhere else.

On This Day (25 June 1967): Sunderland’s Maple Leaf clash ends all square 

Sunderland AFC, under the guise of Vancouver Royal Canadians, took on Toronto 55 years ago today…

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Will 2022/2023 mark a successful return to the second tier for Sunderland?

During the ‘Coca Cola’ years, we found much success in the Championship, with two title-winning campaigns. Paddy Hollis looks at whether history might repeat itself this season

Interview: Wimbledon fan Chris compares Sunderland target Jack Rudoni to a young Steven Gerrard!

Sunderland are in the race to sign Wimbledon’s hot young prospect Jack Rudoni - and with that in mind, Matty spoke to Wimbledon fan Chris Draper of the 9yrs Podcast to find out more about the 21-year-old midfielder!

On This Day (24 June 2005): Mick misses out on target as ex-Sunderland loanee goes to West Brom

This midfielder had played a small part in Sunderland gaining promotion the season before, but chose Bryan Robson’s Baggies ahead of Mick Mac’s lads.

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The fixtures are finally out, and now Sunderland’s preparations can really begin!

On Thursday, we discovered Sunderland’s schedule of league games for 2022/2023. It is the first major milestone as we build up to the new season.

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Opinion: Celebrating Lynden Gooch’s new Sunderland deal 

"The California Messi" is set to stay at SAFC with a contract running through to the ‘23-‘24 season, a fact celebrated by his countryman Kev.

Roker Roundup: Sunderland linked with ex-Man Utd and Lazio playmaker Ravel Morrison

The latest player linked in the media with a move to Sunderland is former Manchester United and Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison, who is set to leave Derby when his contract expires next week.

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Fixtures Day: Which four games during the season stand out most in your mind?

As the 2022/2023 fixtures are released today, we asked our panel to pick their favourite games from opening day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and the final day of the season...

Sun’lun fans united in hope once more, even if it kills us

"All the back and forth behind the scenes and the constant speculation about our old owners’ ability to influence anything at the club is done with, and I’m revelling in it," says owa Sean.

On This Day (23 June 1989): Sunderland legend Stokoe offers to aid beleaguered Magpies

Jim Smith’s relegated Newcastle side were in desperate need of a boost, and he turned to a FA Cup-winning Sunderland boss and recent Roker Park Consultant for help.

Sunderland’s ownership situation has changed, so what do you think about the good news?

Hooray - finally, Sunderland can look forward as Kyril Louis-Dreyfus takes a majority share in Sunderland AFC. What do you make of the news that emerged yesterday?

Invaders Must Die

Alas, Charlie, we hardly knew ye.

Methven gone as KLD finally takes a majority share in Sunderland

KLD now has a majority of SAFC, Sartori increases his stake, and Donald stays on as a silent partner.

On This Day (22 June 1989): Ord & Brady shine as SAFC’s youth team bow out of Yugoslav tournament

Sunderland’s youngsters witnessed the "dark arts" of football for the first time as they took on sides from across the former Yugoslav federation in Croatia.

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Transfer Window Retrospective: The transformative summer of 2006

In the first of a series of offseason articles, Phil West looks at various transfer windows of years gone by, and discusses the hits and misses of each one. First up, the summer of 2006.

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Roker Roundtable: Should gambling companies be prohibited from appearing on club shirts?

The use of jerseys as a platform for gambling and betting companies is a much-discussed issue. We asked our panel for their views on whether it should be allowed...

Are we really taking care of our youth?

"The opinions of the supporters cuts deeper than any knife, hits harder than any reprimand from the coaching staff, or any studs-up tackle and battering they may receive on the pitch," writes Sean Brown.

Fan Letters: “I’m excited for the fixtures coming out Thursday” says Sunderland fan Paul

TFT petition, Season Card frustration, and Fixture List anticipation all in today’s mixed mailbag. Got something to say? Email us:

Rest in peace, Colin Grainger: The Singing Winger

The sad news of Colin Grainger’s passing at the age of 89 brings a colourful life to an end.

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Interview: Harrogate fan Katherine chats to us about Sunderland young gun Jack Diamond

Following a successful season for Jack Diamond on loan with Harrogate, we spoke to Harrogate fan Katherine Swinn - is the left winger ready for a return to Sunderland?

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Fan Letters: “Sports journalism is under attack, and we must protect it!”

The morals and ethics of sports writing, the music at the Stadium of Light, and the shadow of TFT are our topics today. Got something to say? Email us:

A journey into cryptoland, where a Sunderland takeover is welcome as long as we mind our manners

On Sunday, the odd world where random folk from around the world discuss their token investments was invaded by Sunderland fans who united, Trafalgar Square style, to say #NoTFTatSAFC.

Opinion: Sunderland AFC’s marketing “requires a cultural shift”!

Neil Graney, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Durham University, casts his eye over the state of Sunderland AFC’s pre-season public relations.

On This Day (21 June 2018): The League One era at Sunderland is kicked off with Ozturk signing

The first signing of the Jack Ross era at Sunderland, made on this day four years ago, was free agent defender Alim Ozturk - a Turkish cult hero who had made a name for himself north of the border.

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The Gold Standard: Our 1998/1999 squad remains the benchmark for modern-day Sunderland teams

With just three defeats all season, Peter Reid’s Division One-winning team was arguably the finest to ever play at the Stadium of Light. What made them so good?

Speak your mind for the Lads…

There are a lot of factors in play with Sunderland AFC at the moment, but we as fans can still have an input.

On This Day (20 June 1991): Sunderland chairman has concerns over plans for new “Super League”

As plans gathered pace for a new "Super League" in English football, Sunderland chairman Bob Murray voiced his concerns over the initial proposals.

Roker Roundup: Report claims that Sunderland have had £1m bid for young midfielder rejected

According to The Sun, Sunderland have had a £1m bid rejected for Wimbledon midfielder Jack Rudoni.