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The Week That Was: All The Tyne-Wear Derby Buildup You Need!

The Week That Was: The only place you need to come for comprehensive SAFC v NUFC buildup!
The Week That Was: The only place you need to come for comprehensive SAFC v NUFC buildup!

Well, it's time to get ready for the game. As much as we don't want to think about things too much, it's only a day away now, so to get yourself prepared for things we've rounded up all the essential derby buildup form our site and plonked it right here for you to read. Let's get down to business...

  • Preview: We're looking at how the teams will lineup, all the latest injury news, some betting, some tunes to get you in the mood and we relive some classic games between ourselves and our neighbours to the North. If you want everything to get ready for tomorrow, this is the place - CLICK HERE
  • Talking Tactics: We don't often do these pre-match, but this is kind of a special one, so we've had Chris Weatherspoon cast his tactical eye over our opponents and try to work out just what we need to do to come away with three points and the bragging rights. A great read - CLICK HERE
  • Podcast: If you're not in to reading, or want something to listen to on the bus to the game, join us for a longer than usual podcast. In which we look back at West Brom, but mainly spend our time bashing the Mags and probably being a little too over confident. Either way, it's worth a listen - CLICK HERE
  • Cult Heroes: In Cult Heroes we like to look at someone who played for us, and played for them. Not too many have crossed the divide, but we were surprised to find that we hadn't covered flamboyant Frenchman, Lionel Perez. David Boyle takes a trip down memory lane with Perez for this weeks article - CLICK HERE
  • Fan Focus: I know you're probably thinking that there aren't any decent Mags about, but we actually managed to find some, so we talked to them about the upcoming derby and got their thoughts on how they think the game will play out, check their confidence levels and more. Well worth a moment of your time - CLICK HERE

And that's the bulk of the Tyne-Wear derby buildup, but don't be going anywhere there's more to come both about SAFC, and this weekends game...

Adding to the derby flavour, and in an effort to try and keep many of us from the ledge of high-sided buildings, we came up with ten top quality factoids (of sorts) which show why w're going to win tomorrow. Each one of them a perfectly valid reason why there's nothing to fear...

Click Here for Ten Reasons Why We'll Win

With February drawing to a close, it was also time to crown our latest Player Of The Month. This month the honours went to Craig Gardner, so head on over and see why he was selected, plus our views on how every other player performed throughout the month...

Click Here for Player Of The Month

We also closed the door on Niall Quinn's departure by looking back at his glorious playing days in red and white. Occasional contributor Mark Metcalf had an in depth look at the big man, and thanked him for his contributions to the club ont he pitch...

Click Here for Niall Quinn: Memories of a magnificent man

We did of course cover the West Brom game in detail, as we are duly obliged. If you want to see just what went wrong this weekend, there's no better place than Chris Weatherspoon's Talking Tactics feature...

Click Here for Talking Tactics: West Brom

There's more on the game too, as Dan Williams chimed in with a poem about the weekend's game, with a customary glance at this weekends slightly bigger fixture. All in all, a cracking piece of work, so have a read...

Click Here for Roker Rhymes about the West Brom defeat

This week there was also international fixtures, so our man Karl Jones had a bit of a Roker Ramble about the England side, and why this supposed "Golden Generation" needs to fold, and they need to start looking at the quality players outside the top four. It was a recipe for success the last time we even came close to smelling it...

Click Here for why England need to become more modest

Also this international break, many Sunderland players have been on their travels and doing their country proud. Of course, Fraizer Campbell and James McClean were the headline makers, but there's news on Elmo, Seb, Sess and more in our comprehensive international roundup...

Click Here for our International Roundup

And that's your lot. Or so I'd like to think, but we're back later this afternoon with our latest column for The Durham Times, and on Sunday we'll have Dan Williams back with a spot of pre-match poetry to fire everyone up. Plus of course the match report, which we're all hoping will be positive.

KTF, and FTM.

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