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Fan Letters: ‘I took pleasure in following all the streaming, which now has stopped - so sad!’

85-year-old Antonio is a lifelong SAFC supporter now based in the south of England. Where is the sense in denying him, and others like him who can’t get to the game, the chance to watch the lads in action? Email us:

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Dear Roker Report,

Re: streaming...

Thanking you for bringing this subject up. I started watching Sunderland when I was 14 and still following them as an 85 year old.

I’ve watched all the greats Shack, my favourite, the great Cloughie, Hurley, Ford, Watson etc. I was at Wembley when we won the FA cup, but now live in the South of England.

I took pleasure in following all the streaming, which now has stopped.

What a disgrace, so sad.

Antonio Prenelle

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Fortunately, all of the non-3pm kick offs are available for streaming, Antonio, but I completely agree with you – all of the matches should be streamed as far as I’m concerned. It’s the EFL, not SAFC, to blame, but to me it’s just old-fashioned thinking that only serves to stifle the game. People who want to go to the game in person will always go – why deny others who can’t get there the opportunity to watch along too?

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Cloughie was one of Antonio’s favourites.
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Dear Roker Report,

Just reading Tom from Yorkshire’s contribution about streaming. Couldn’t agree more. But what about us Irish fans? We’re in a different country for God’s sake! To get to a game is a rare treat for me because of the huge costs involved in terms of flights, accommodation etc. Why on earth shouldn’t we be able to stream matches?

As it happens, I’m really enjoying the audio stream for the last couple of games. The commentators are great.

Keep up the good work,

Paul Tobin, Wexford, Ireland

Ed’s Note [Martin]: It’s ridiculous Paul. I can understand the reasoning to an extent, they think it’ll stop people from going to the game, but I disagree. Hopefully, the EFL will see sense (although we might be waiting a long time for that to happen!). I agree about the commentary though – personally, I think Nick Barnes and Benno are excellent and do a superb job of describing the action. The analysis from Danny Collins on SAFCTV is great as well, and you can still get the pre-game TV from SAFC via social media I believe.

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‘For the Quest, he should commentate, Danny Collins’
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Dear Roker Report,

Appreciate the positive start but why does the manager refer to players as seniors, or young players.

Man City have a squad. Foden is not referred to as a young, junior or former academy player. At 22, Embleton is not a youth and he has played for England at different ages. Some respect and acceptance of the talent and abilities of our homegrown players would be good to read. I am tired of hearing they need experience but we are happy to sign teens from other clubs. We have let talent leave us too easily – Hugill for example. It just speaks to me of an unnecessary division and old fashioned thinking.

Chris & Mary

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Interesting point Chris and Mary. I suspect it’s being done to firstly align with and reinforce the strategy that they talked about when Speakman and KLD took over, and secondly to promote the fact that we want SAFC to be a good place for younger players to come; a place where we develop youngsters well. It’s a message we want people to hear – from the kids kicking the ball around in their back garden to promising players at Premier League clubs.

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Should we just look at players based on their ability, rather than their age?
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