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OPINION!

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

Interview: Wimbledon fan Chris compares Sunderland target Jack Rudoni to a young Steven Gerrard!

Sunderland are in the race to sign Wimbledon’s hot young prospect Jack Rudoni - and with that in mind, Matty spoke to Wimbledon fan Chris Draper of the 9yrs Podcast to find out more about the 21-year-old midfielder!

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The fixtures are finally out, and now Sunderland’s preparations can really begin!

On Thursday, we discovered Sunderland’s schedule of league games for 2022/2023. It is the first major milestone as we build up to the new season.

Opinion: Celebrating Lynden Gooch’s new Sunderland deal 

"The California Messi" is set to stay at SAFC with a contract running through to the ‘23-‘24 season, a fact celebrated by his countryman Kev.

Sun’lun fans united in hope once more, even if it kills us

"All the back and forth behind the scenes and the constant speculation about our old owners’ ability to influence anything at the club is done with, and I’m revelling in it," says owa Sean.

Sunderland’s ownership situation has changed, so what do you think about the good news?

Hooray - finally, Sunderland can look forward as Kyril Louis-Dreyfus takes a majority share in Sunderland AFC. What do you make of the news that emerged yesterday?

Invaders Must Die

Alas, Charlie, we hardly knew ye.

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Transfer Window Retrospective: The transformative summer of 2006

In the first of a series of offseason articles, Phil West looks at various transfer windows of years gone by, and discusses the hits and misses of each one. First up, the summer of 2006.

Are we really taking care of our youth?

"The opinions of the supporters cuts deeper than any knife, hits harder than any reprimand from the coaching staff, or any studs-up tackle and battering they may receive on the pitch," writes Sean Brown.

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Interview: Harrogate fan Katherine chats to us about Sunderland young gun Jack Diamond

Following a successful season for Jack Diamond on loan with Harrogate, we spoke to Harrogate fan Katherine Swinn - is the left winger ready for a return to Sunderland?

A journey into cryptoland, where a Sunderland takeover is welcome as long as we mind our manners

On Sunday, the odd world where random folk from around the world discuss their token investments was invaded by Sunderland fans who united, Trafalgar Square style, to say #NoTFTatSAFC.

Opinion: Sunderland AFC’s marketing “requires a cultural shift”!

Neil Graney, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Durham University, casts his eye over the state of Sunderland AFC’s pre-season public relations.

Speak your mind for the Lads…

There are a lot of factors in play with Sunderland AFC at the moment, but we as fans can still have an input.

Editorial: Time to start raising the standards at Sunderland - and not just on the pitch

"By not having shirts and merchandise available for the next generation to buy, KLD and Steve Davison are taking a huge unnecessary risk," writes Martin Wanless.

Opinion: The freedom of the sporting press to cover the politics of sport really matters

"If sports writing gets up the noses of the monied interests that target football to launder their cash or reputations, then all the better," argues Rich Speight

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Ready to step up: Can Luke O’Nien impress in the Championship after helping Sunderland to promotion?

The versatile midfielder has been a part of Sunderland’s squad since our first season in League One. Now that we’re finally back in the Championship, how will he progress with us?

Kenny’s Kids could offer something to Alex Neil’s Sunderland

Irish players have always been a staple of the Sunderland squad, so our resident Dubliner Mike Dunne has taken a look at some potential purchases that could work well for Sunderland this summer.

Opinion: The sound of silence doesn’t add to the excitement for Sunderland fans

"Following on from the Wembley high, the off season should have been a time of anticipation and excitement but news from the Stadium of Light has been non-existent."

Sunderland have made this step up only once before, so how did we get on?

We have to go back to 1988 to find ourselves in the same position as we are today following promotion from the third tier - how did we get on, and is there anything we can learn?

Opinion: Are any ex-Sunderland players worth bringing back to the Stadium of Light?

Now that Sunderland have jumped up a level there’s an expectancy that we’ll sign a better quality of player - but would any names from the past be on your transfer shortlist? American Mackem Kev offers some suggestions...

The Women’s Euros are coming, and will give Sunderland fans plenty to cheer about!

Despite all the talk of there being "no football" this summer, Euro 2022 in England will be the biggest event of the year so far - and four ex-Sunderland players will be hoping to lift a major trophy for our country.

Sunderland’s Ross Stewart is hot property - but we have to back ourselves to develop him further

In the absence of any real news, tabloid rumours linking Ross Stewart with a move to Rangers have been playing on the minds of Sunderland supporters - we simply have to ignore it, and back ourselves to develop him further.

Interview: Preston fan George says Dan Iversen is “one of the best keepers in the Championship”

Following Sunderland’s recent link with Leicester goalkeeper Dan Iversen, we spoke to Preston reporter George Hodgson to find out how the Dane performed under Alex Neil at Preston.

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The Young Guns: How big a role can Sunderland’s up-and-comers play next season?

With a nucleus of young, exciting talents at his disposal, how will Alex Neil make best use of the undoubted potential of his squad for the Championship campaign?

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Ambition versus realism: The conundrum of an acceptable league position for 2022/2023

Would a mid-table finish represent success for Sunderland next season, or should we be aiming higher? Phil West looks at both sides of the argument

Opinion: Keeping Sunderland Women’s squad together is key

The togetherness and spirit of Mel Reay’s side is something money can’t buy so keeping the group together is really important, argues Ant Waterson.

A carefully tempered expectation

"I have hopes and dreams of the perfect run, the perfect squad, the perfect set of circumstances culminating in our triumphant return to the Premier League, but I can wait as long as I can still see progress," writes Sean Brown.

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It’s been a very ‘Sunderland’ kind of week, but seeing the bigger picture is key

Following our Wembley triumph, the waters have turned decidedly choppy, but nobody can lose sight of what is most important for this club and its immediate future.

Sunderland’s Preseason - Summer jollies or summer job? 

What does a modern pre-season look like, and who will benefit now that Sunderland have announced their plans for 2022-23?

Editorial: Ownership situation is distracting us from other issues at SAFC - time to crack on!

Sunderland are now a Championship club, and whilst the ownership carry-on is a distraction, it shouldn’t mean that the club gets complacent with other matters, big and small, both on and off the pitch.

RR’s 2021/22 End of Season Awards: Who at Sunderland AFC deserves a special mention?

This past season has been a huge success for the club - who deserves a special mention for the part they played on our journey back to the Championship?

RR’s SAFC End of Season Awards: Rate the performance of the club off the pitch out of ten!

What do you rate out of ten the work of the people at Sunderland AFC off the pitch last season? Our panel have their say...

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Own goals and old friends: Sunderland’s League One comedy of errors!

Our journey through the third tier wasn’t all doom and gloom. Kev Campbell looks back over four years of surreal and often hilarious moments.