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

Sunderland are an unknown quantity in the Championship, but why shouldn’t we have optimism?

The new 2022/2023 Championship season is nearly upon us, and Finlay Anderson looks at why we should have hope and optimism heading into this campaign.

Interview: Everton fan gives further insight on Sunderland’s new number 9 Ellis Simms

We’ve already chatted to fans of Blackpool and Hearts on our quest to find out as much as possible about Ellis Simms, so why not complete the trilogy with an Everton fan? Fellow SBNation site Royal Blue Mersey have their say...

Sunderland have improved in the goalkeeping department - but are you comfortable with it?

The signing of Alex Bass from Portsmouth on Tuesday raised a few eyebrows, but just how comfortable are you with the current Sunderland goalkeeper situation?

Our Girls, Their Future - How Sunderland’s alumni are shaping the lives of young women!

"This competition has lit a spark for a game that has been crying out for support and investment for so long. A once deprived sector of sport is coming out of the dark – brighter than ever before", writes Amelia Laybourn.

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“Sunderland should aim high and never feel inferior - we’ve had too much of that previously!”

As Sunderland look to the future, Dave Holloway explains why we need to set high standards in every area of the club, in order to make sure we can compete with the very best

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Sunderland’s squad is unproven at Championship level, but it doesn’t mean they cannot step up

The core of our squad is comprised of some rugged, well-travelled players and some exciting young prospects. Who can say for certain whether they are capable of rising to the challenge?

Is Ellis Simms any good? Blackpool fan Tom gives lowdown on potential new Sunderland striker

Reports suggest that Sunderland are set to announce the signing of young Everton forward Ellis Simms - so to find out more about him, we chatted to our old mate Tom from Up The Mighty Pool...

Emotions overflow as England’s Lionesses reach the final in style, now it’s all about the legacy!

Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze combined, Fran Kirby shined, and England will play at Wembley at 5pm on Sunday. It’s a moment that we will remember forever, and the impact of this summer could be massive!

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Sunderland have some issues to solve if our return to the Championship is to be successful!

There is much to ponder as Sunderland aim to get the new season off to a strong start. David Holloway looks at the makeup of the squad, and where the issues lie.

Talking Points: Youth gets its chance & Embleton proves influential in Hartlepool friendly

An experimental, youthful Sunderland line-up recovered from an early setback to draw 1-1 with Hartlepool United on Monday night - here are some key talking points from the action!

Matchday Musings: Sunderland earn score draw on the Pools

The Lads rounded off their pre-season games with a short trip down the A19….

Editorial: Sunderland need new signings, yes... but let’s not overlook the positives

With the new season almost upon us, should we be concerned that the squad is still in need of reinforcement?

Talking Points: Minutes are the most important thing for Sunderland - and more Lee Howey please!

Whilst the result and the goals we conceded at Accrington were disappointing, Alex Neil had some really sensible views on what he saw - we mull over all the key Talking Points from the game!

The changing face of Sunderland: There’s a new kit on the block!

Roker Report’s resident merch aficionado takes a look at the newly released Sunderland AFC change kit for the 2022-23 season - plus some other potential strip developments...

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Matchday Musings: Defensive slackness costs Sunderland as Accrington grab victory

More minutes in the bank but another defeat as Sunderland couldn’t follow up their strong first half in the second period, with slack defending costing us the win. Concerned, or content?

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The hard work is paying off, and Sunderland are entering the new season in a good place!

Slowly but surely, Alex Neil’s team are building towards the season opener. As Michael Dunne writes, there is currently a real feeling of optimism and positivity around the club

Opinion: “Sunderland need to offer more to streaming supporters!”

"What can SAFC do to raise the quality of its streaming service" asks US-based Sunderland supporter Kev Campbell.

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For Sunderland supporters, is the away day experience financially feasible anymore?

As the economy continues to struggle and fans everywhere feel the pinch, Michael Dunne looks at whether away days could eventually become unaffordable for Lads fans

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Opinion: England’s Lionesses are one step closer to history

9.1 million people watched England come back from a goal down against Spain on Wednesday night. The emotions it stirred will live long in the memory for Sunderland supporter Amelia Laybourn!

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Try before you buy! Sunderland’s use of the loan market is a welcome break from the past

Risk can never be eliminated from a transfer deal, but as Matt Smith writes, Sunderland might have finally found a way to minimise it, whilst getting better value for money

Talking Points: Stuttering streams, bad SAFC defending & conspiracies - post-Bradford reaction!

What are the key Talking Points coming out of Sunderland’s loss away at Bradford in pre-season last night? We run through them all...

Matchday Musings: Striker-less Sunderland lose at Bradford on the hottest day in history

Sunderland’s performance wasn’t great at Valley Parade, losing 2-0 to Bradford, but with no strikers on the pitch and a rookie in goal it seems harsh to feel too annoyed at the team for the result.

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Opinion: “Leon Dajaku is Sunderland's enigma!”

The German winger has shown some of his best and most frustrating qualities during pre-season so far, leaving Alex Neil with something of a problem to solve.

Attitude will be key for Sunderland in 2022/2023, and the early signs are promising

As we embark upon the challenge of the Championship, our attitude and mindset must be as sharp and as well-honed as our ability with the ball at our feet.

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Mackem Music Side B! The tracks fans would like to hear at Sunderland

Following last week’s article, several fans got in touch with their own Stadium of Light musical requests, with some interesting choices mooted!

Editorial: So far, so good! Alex Neil has Sunderland whipped into decent shape already

Everything that I’ve seen so far in pre-season gives me encouragement that we’re in a really good place as a squad under Alex Neil - not that I was expecting anything different.

Opinion: England’s football future depends on everyone having an equal chance to play!

Nobody - literally nobody - is saying that Serena Wiegman should pick players based on the colour of their skin, but Demi Stoke’s experiences point to the importance of diversity in football and the structural issues faced by players.

Talking Points: Jack Diamond coming on up front shows it’s crucial that Sunderland sign a striker

Sunderland defeated Jack Ross’ Dundee United 2-0 yesterday – and, as usual, there’s plenty to talk about in the immediate aftermath!

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Reasons to be cheerful! Sunderland are now much more professional, on and off the field

Ahead of today’s friendly with Jack Ross’s Dundee United, both Sunderland’s pre-season preparations and transfer business are shaping up nicely - and Jon Guy couldn’t be happier!

What’s the Championship like? Coventry fan Glenn offers his views to Sunderland supporters!

What can Sunderland fans expect from life back in the Championship? Coventry were promoted not too long ago and have done pretty well - so we had a chat with Sky Blue Fans TV’s Glenn Watkin!

Roker Roundtable: Were you happy with what you saw when Sunderland faced ‘I Giallorossi’?

Now that the dust has settled, our panel of writers give their thoughts on Sunderland’s performance against Roma - were you happy with what you saw?

Talking Points: What did we learn from Sunderland’s run-out in the sun vs Roma?

It’s a bold move to play against top quality opposition so early during pre-season, but there’s plenty to gain from such occasions - so what did we learn about Sunderland after our run-out v Roma?

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