It’s Checkatrade Trophy night, and a trip to Hartlepool for Sunderland's second game in the competition. The Sunderland Echo have been to Spennymoor Town to speak with Tommy Miller who played for both clubs and is now assistant manager at the County Durham Northern Premier League club.
Other luminaries who have played for Sunderland and Hartlepool, such as John MacPhail, Don Hutchison and, er, Ryan Noble must have been unavailable.
Tommy Miller is fondly remembered on Wearside for his part in the anonymous midfield of the 15-point season of 2005-6. Miller’s contribution to that cause was largely forgettable, but with anything possible in football, 37-year old Tommy’s Wikipedia page tells us "Miller is eligible for the national teams of England and Scotland, but he has yet to be capped by either nation". Someone give
Sam Allardyce Gareth Southgate a nudge eh.
David Moyes is a manager who is not afraid to play young talent. Look at his time in particular at Everton, if he sees something in a player he’ll be brave and pick them.
They are a good team and a very strong side….The players are strong and physical…. so we are expecting a tough game and a really good challenge for our younger players and this is what the tournament is all about… when you haven’t got the ball you have got to be physical otherwise they will overpower us.
So essentially Sunderland are wanting to toughen up some inexperienced kids against a bunch of League Two thugs. And this is progressing the game in this country, and going to make the national team better?