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Fan Letters: Pritch, the ticket office, the owners, and the derby...

Lots of views on lots of things in today’s mailbag - are we finally ready to draw a line under the fateful mags game? Got something to say? Email us:

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Dear Roker Report,

Look, I get Pritchard, but two things:

  • If bringing a save from the opposition keeper and hitting the bar (his only two positive interventions) makes him man of the match I’m afraid it doesn’t say much for the rest of the team.
  • Second, aside from the previous two games I can’t remember him ever getting close to 90+ minutes on the pitch. He either tires or runs out of ideas.

I’d be happy to see him stay (especially with Roberts out for a while) but for me his play doesn’t set the world on fire.

David Johnston

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Dear Roker Report,

Just some further thoughts lads. When I telephoned the ticket office saying I wanted to cancel my season tickets. The first thing I was told was I wouldn’t receive a refund. I said I didn’t expect to however even though I’m on the bones of my arse I was hoping I would and I’d like to donate the money to the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

I’ve since thought the seats themselves could be given to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, I tried to contact them yesterday but unfortunately, the calls weren’t answered. Those seats could be resold by the club as there are plenty games left in the season.

When I was on Twitter (I cancelled my account on Monday due to the despicable Gary Speed posts) I read that at some executive event Speakman was asked ‘Why did you sack Tony Mowbray’ he answered ‘because I can’. I watched and listened to Tony Mowbray’s first interview at Birmingham City FC today, what yet again came across to me loud and clear was Mowbray’s enthusiasm, genuine love of this beautiful game, his honesty, integrity and above all else his humility. Speakman could learn a great deal from that lovely man.

It’s all very well some commenting that there’s been enough negativity regarding what’s happened at Sunderland AFC, but a real change must happen.

They must be held to account for the continued success of this great club of ours.

Karen Kerrison

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Dear Roker Report,

Well said Karen - you certainly hit the nail on the head.

Everything you said was spot on you highlighted everything that’s wrong with this club, owned by a selection of CHANCERS — so sad it’s come to this it had to be said, and you put your head above the parapet.

Again, well done you.

Kenny & Kath

Dear Roker Report,

We made Newcastle, an average Premium League side but superior to Sunderland, look like world-beaters.

It was pure and simple we gifted the Mags 3 goals.

  1. Ballard’s unfortunate own goal
  2. Ekwah’s horrendous mistake cost us the game
  3. Ballard’s clumsy and unnecessary foul on Gordon

The hype before the game was better than the game itself.

There lies the story of the Wear-Tyne derby.

Terry M

Sunderland v Newcastle United - Emirates FA Cup Third Round Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

The difference between a good Championship side and a good Premier League side was clear in the cup match. It is staggering.

All our best players were given a footballing lesson which was at times embarrassing.

All our top players were totally nullified and it looked pathetic.

After that showing I can't see any Premiership side wanting anyone of our players, especially Clark, Hume, Jobe, Ballard and the rest who were rubbish.

People are still hoping for promotion, with this team? don’t make me laugh!



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