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Passionate opinions straight from the hearts of die-hard Sunderland supporters.

Fleetwood are a test - it’s time for Sunderland to dig in

It’s been tough playing at the Highbury Stadium over the last few seasons, but things are different for Sunderland this year. It’s a record we must put right, argues Jack Shields.

Sunderland’s 2021 round of contract poker has come to an end - did the club play its hand right?

Following the completion of last season, the club played a round of ‘contract poker’ that only ended when Denver Hume agreed to sign last week. Did they play their hand right?

Sunderland’s fresh crop might not know it, but being made to wait will help them

With Sunderland doing so well on the pitch at present, most of our newest recruits are being made to wait for a chance to play. They may not know it yet, but it could be the best thing to happen to them.

‘Happy’ Carl Winchester is loving life at Sunderland - how important is he now to the team?

It’s clear to see that Carl Winchester is loving life at Sunderland, and settling into his new role at right-back brilliantly. How important is he now to our team?

Cashless SAFC: What do you think about the decision that the club has taken?

What do you think about Sunderland AFC’s decision to go cashless, and the issues that have come as a result of this choice for a significant portion of the fanbase?

Happy retirement, Grant: A tribute to ‘one of our own’ as he calls time on his playing career

Grant Leadbitter couldn’t quite guide us to promotion. However, he ended his playing days in a red and white shirt, with a bit of silverware, and genuine respect and affection from the whole football community.

Frederik Alves or Bailey Wright - who should replace Tom Flanagan in Sunderland’s defence?

Tom Flanagan will miss the Fleetwood game due to suspension - meaning that Lee Johnson has to choose between Bailey Wright or Frederik Alves to replace him. Who would you choose?

How does Lee Johnson keep his big squad happy when he can’t give them all playing time?

Lee Johnson has a fully-fit squad to pick from, and that means we have pretty much another starting eleven of players that we could field at any given time. How do you suggest he keeps his big squad happy?

Talking Points: Was Dan Neil’s first Sunderland goal the best moment of the season so far?

We take a look at all the key Talking Points on the back of Saturday’s win: Was Dan Neil’s goal the best moment of the season so far? What did we make of the Hoff’s debut? And, what about Winiesta (again)?

Editorial: Sunderland are top of the league - now, let’s make sure we stay there

All fans have wanted since dropping into this league is to see a Sunderland side play like they’re the biggest club in the division. Finally, they’ve arrived at the party. We’re top - now let’s stay here.

ITHICS Fanzine: We’re just like Valencia... well, just a little

Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine reflects while on a trip to Spain, that it’s not just us that has a big stadium, tradition and fanbase and continue to regularly underachieve.

Sunderland AFC risk letting down our loyalest fans with its digital agenda

When over 20% don’t have essential digital skills and millions remain financially excluded, the club has a social responsibility to ensure that all fans can access the club they love.

Denver Hume or Denver Fume? Reaction to the news that Sunderland have re-signed left back

The news that Denver Hume has re-signed for Sunderland has stirred up debate - are you glad to see the Academy of Light graduate back in a Sunderland shirt? Here’s what our panel think...

Promotion is the aim for Sunderland - and Accy Stanley are the next side in our sights!

This is a very exciting period in our recent history, and we have passed all but one of this season’s tests. Saturday is undoubtedly another one, but confidence should be high, and that really ought to be a major factor as we aim for victory.

Barnesy’s Blog: So far, so good for Sunderland... even Benno has a smile on his face!

"The club is on the up. The mood is good. It’s been a long time coming but now it is good, let’s build for a brighter future" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.

Neither ‘Udinese’ nor ‘Brentford’ – but always Sunderland

Was this the transfer window in which Sunderland established itself as an attractive prospect in its own right?

Four league games in September (and three are at home!) - how many points will Sunderland take?

Sunderland play four games this month, and three are at home... what are your expectations in terms of points for the month, and how good an opportunity is this to put ourselves in pole position after 9 games in League One?

Ross Stewart: The one and only! It’s time to stop the Charlie Wyke ‘comparisons’

Every conversation about Ross Stewart seems to draw a comparison to Charlie Wyke. It’s time to forget about the past & enjoy Stewart for what he is – a bloody good player in his own right.

Winiesta has earned his red & white stripes - it’s time to let him show what he can really do

Carl Winchester has been handed a chance - albeit out of position - and has grabbed it with both hands. Now he’s earned his stripes, it’s time to show us what he can REALLY do.

Editorial: This doesn’t feel like we’re winging it

The start to this season isn’t all that different to our last three attempts - but this is the first time it’s felt like we have a plan.

The kids are alright: Patience will be needed with Sunderland’s new young-guns

We’ve signed young players with international ambitions, players who’ve stepped down the pyramid to progress their careers, players who have the potential to take us back to the Championship and beyond. Now we need a bit of patience.

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Hoffmann and Dajaku: A true statement of intent!

The fact we can bring in two young players from Bayern Munich shows just how much our approach to transfers has changed.

Sunderland’s ambitious recruitment drive makes a welcome change from seasons gone by

In terms of quality, this is the most ambitious recruitment drive at Sunderland since the drop into League One.

How do you rate Sunderland’s transfer window?

Now that the deadline has passed…. How do you rate our business done overall? Was it a successful window for Sunderland?

Will Grigg’s departure shows a lack of commitment simply won’t be tolerated at new-look SAFC

The news of the flop’s departure was greeted euphorically on Wearside - and rightly so.

I’m not really sure that Sunderland’s transfer window could have gone much better!

Time will tell whether Sunderland’s new recruits are good enough, but on the face of it, the summer transfer window appears to be one of the best we’ve had in years.

Net gains! Thorben Hoffmann arrival echos Sunderland’s signing of Shay Given

Let’s hope he can have a similar impact!

Callum Doyle – Manchester City’s academy prospect making waves at the Stadium of Light!

The 17-year-old’s had an impressive start to life at Sunderland.

7 games, 6 wins – how do you feel about Sunderland’s start to the season?

We’ve won six out of seven this season – and the one we did lose really should have been a convincing victory, too. So, how are our panel feeling about the start to the season so far?

Protect our assets! New deals for Dan Neil and Elliot Embleton are a must

The home-grown duo has certainly caught the eye so far this season, and we need to keep these rising stars long-term.

Editorial: The tragedy and joy of football and music

Football and music are twin art forms with unrivalled power to move us – and this weekend we have seen the way that the loss of those who bring them to us can hit us hard.

Play the Sunderland way

"It’s a different sort of test this afternoon, but if we play our own game we can emerge victoriously", says Jack Shields.