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

Talking Tactics: Analysing Sunderland’s gameplan in the draw with Preston

Two sides, two totally different gameplans - but it ended all square. How did Sunderland set up, and why couldn’t we break Preston down?

An optimistic and encouraging afternoon for Sunderland ends in a satisfactory stalemate

Sunderland continued to impress without a striker, despite not scoring against Preston - but it’s been a canny start to October!

Talking Points: Amad looks ready after another good cameo - should he start on Tuesday night?

Following Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Preston, Matty discusses Tony Mowbray’s exciting subs, the form of Aji Alese and whether Amad Diallo should be handed a start!

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Opinion: “Sunderland’s defensive options are looking ever more plentiful, and that’s a big boost!”

Despite injuries to key players, the Lads are defending solidly and with real spirit, and as Phil West writes, Tony Mowbray might have some selection dilemmas in the near future

Editorial: We’re all on this Sunderland ship together

Sink or swim, Sunderland supporters will be there for our club.

Women’s Championship Ramble: Mixed progress with heroes and villains on and off the pitch

Sunderland and others show that there’s more to improvement and success at this level than points on the board, but SUFC need to have a long hard look in the mirror!

Matchday Musings: You can’t bloody win ‘em all... but at least we were entertained!

Ah well. Three points would have been nice, but a draw and a clean sheet only tell half of the story as the Lads turned in an entertaining performance. Gav’s here with his rundown of the matchday experience...

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Dead cert bore draw, or a chance for some to shine again?

Our Malc cannot work out how this one is going to go… what do you think?

“No striker - no problem!”

We all know it’s not ideal having no strikers, but how much does playing without one actually suit the players that Sunderland do have available?

Championship Pulse Check: How are Stoke getting on with Judas (sorry... Alex Neil) in charge?

The international break gives us the perfect chance to check in with our fellow Championship clubs to see how they’ve fared so far. We had the crack with Andy Blinston from Every Step Along The Way Podcast to find out how Alex Neil is getting on at Stoke City...

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Opinion: “Sunderland AFC and international breaks have a strange relationship!”

The ‘club versus country’ issue is deep-seated and often complex. Mark Roberts looks back at his time supporting Sunderland and also rooting for England to succeed, too

Interview: Bilbao Black Cats are go!

Sunderland’s newest supporters branch is growing fast - and at Watford they had their first match day gathering

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In which areas can Sunderland continue to improve after some occasional blips this season?

The Lads have settled back into the Championship after some encouraging performances and results, and Kyle Garrett looks at the areas in which we could be even better

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Opinion: “Sunderland’s attendance figures are encouraging, but this could be just the start!”

The fans are flocking through the Stadium of Light turnstiles in their droves once again, and as Phil West writes, it proves that belief in the club’s future is strong

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Opinion: “After a positive start, Sunderland have plenty of reasons to be cheerful!”

"Ten games into the 2022/2023 season, we sit comfortably inside the top ten - and as we prepare for Saturday’s visit of Preston, optimism is running high," writes Jon Guy

Editorial: Saturday’s visit of Preston ought to be a raucous occasion for Sunderland!

The Lads are back on home turf for the first time since late August, and there is sure to be a real sense of anticipation and excitement as we build up to the game!

Opinion: “Tory trickle-down trickery and free market fundamentalism will hurt football”

"There’ll always be winners and losers in politics, economics, and football. But the rules of the game are being weighted ever more in favour of the financial elite."

Opinion: “There’s proper football for Sunderland fans on Sunday, get yourself down to Eppleton!”

It’s a different experience, and might attract a different crowd, but there’s a place for everyone at Sunderland AFC Women home in Hetton tomorrow.

Women’s Championship Ramble: A Sunday afternoon spent refreshing twitter, + some shock results!

Sunderland Women’s narrow loss to Bristol City will go down as a mere footnote in a dramatic weekend across the pyramid - Rich gives his take on the big stories

Barnesy’s Blog: “Tony Mowbray instils belief - Sunderland are in safe hands!”

"These are exciting times. It’s also great to have another Bennett(e) on board… is this the mark of another new era at Sunderland AFC?" - match commentator Nick Barnes is back, having his say on Roker Report!

I’m having so much fun being a Sunderland fan right now - long may it continue!

I dunno about anyone else, but this is about as much fun as I’ve had in years watching Sunderland - and long may it continue!

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Credit where it’s due - Kristjaan Speakman’s impact at Sunderland has been significant

The club’s sporting director is a divisive figure among some of our fans, but if we are to judge him on his actions, he deserves a good deal of credit, writes Phil West.

ITHICS Fanzine: “Mowbray’s started where Neil left off - the season has been good so far!”

Two (3-0) wins, a loss and a draw; eight goals scored and only three conceded - not a bad start to life as Sunderland gaffer for Tony Mowbray! Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine assesses the season so far...

Aji Alese – the ‘East End Mackem’ – gets his Sunderland career off to a superb start

Few Sunderland supporters had heard of Aji Alese when we signed him in July. What a signing he could turn out to be...

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Jewison Bennette arrived as a relative unknown, but his Sunderland career is up and running!

The Costa Rica international has made a real breakthrough during the past week, and as Phil West writes, hopefully he can use it as a springboard for the games to come

On This Day (20 September 2003): The ‘Poominator’ rescues a point for Sunderland

POOOOOOOOOM! Today is the anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in the recent history of Sunderland Association Football Club - the time our goalkeeper scored one of the best headers we’ve ever seen!

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Hot Takes: Optimism is growing game by game as Sunderland continue to grow at this level

"With fifteen points from ten games and some impressive performances along the way, our Championship return has been enjoyable - and there is much to look forward to," writes Phil West.

Editorial: Ten games in, and things are looking positive for Sunderland

Who knows what will happen during the rest of the season? But we can all be certain that, over the past 20 months or so, our trajectory is definitely moving in the right direction.

Roker Ramble: Todd Boehly wants to deliver some MLS razzmatazz to the Premier League!

It’s not a move that’s gone down well with many, but Chelsea’s new owner thinks we can up our marketing game in this country. Meanwhile, Michael Sheen has been getting the Welsh all worked up...

Talking Points: Brave Black Cats deserved nothing less than a point at Vicarage Road

Whilst Sunderland’s super subs changed the game and we were brave on the ball, our luck - with some of the refereeing decisions, and O’Nien’s own goal - was rotten at times. Mitch Marshall is here with Talking Points!

Matchday Musings: Plenty to be positive about as Sunderland take another point

That’s Entertainment! Plenty of action, and a long read about how the Lads are shaping up

Sunderland’s foundations are strengthening - finally, it doesn’t look like they are built on sand

Sunderland’s new model is beginning to motor now, but for every road paved with Dortmund gold, there is a young Leeds Utd team littering the hard shoulder.

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