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ROKER ROUNDTABLE!

The Roundtable - where the Roker Report writers get together to argue their case!

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Fixtures Day: Which four games during the season stand out most in your mind?

As the 2022/2023 fixtures are released today, we asked our panel to pick their favourite games from opening day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and the final day of the season...

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?

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Roker Roundtable: Should gambling companies be prohibited from appearing on club shirts?

The use of jerseys as a platform for gambling and betting companies is a much-discussed issue. We asked our panel for their views on whether it should be allowed...

Roker Roundtable: How should Sunderland approach the summer transfer window?

Under Kristjaan Speakman, Stuart Harvey and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, the club has overhauled its scouting and recruitment policy. Will it yield positive results again this summer?

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Roker Roundtable: What does the future hold for Lynden Gooch?

The future of the club’s longest serving player is the subject of ongoing speculation. Should we keep him or allow him to move on?

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Roker Roundtable: Which players will be keen to make an impression during pre-season?

As Alex Neil makes plans for the Championship, which members of his squad should be eager to impress when training begins next week?

Roker Roundtable: Does Anthony Patterson have a claim for the #1 shirt next season?

Sunderland have been linked with two experienced goalkeepers over the past week, but will Alex Neil opt to stick with Patterson as his first choice?

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Roker Roundtable: Which of Sunderland’s pre-season fixtures have caught your eye?

With our schedule of matches now published, which games are the lads looking forward to the most?

Roker Roundtable: What are your favourite opening-day Championship memories?

We asked our panel to take a trip down memory lane and highlight their personal favourite memories from Championship or Division One opening days…

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Roker Roundtable: How big an impact can Leon Dajaku make next season?

The young German winger will remain at Sunderland after a clause in his loan deal was activated. Can he force his way into Alex Neil’s plans for 2022/2023?

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On This Day (5 June 1999): Michael Gray pulls on the Three Lions shirt in a Euro qualifier!

Sunderland’s Michael Gray made his competitive debut for England on this day, over two decades ago

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Roker Roundtable: Can Jack Diamond become a first-team regular for Sunderland next season?

The young winger enjoyed a stellar season on loan at Harrogate, but can he force his way into Alex Neil’s thinking for next season?

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Roker Roundtable: Who was Sunderland’s best League One signing?

We certainly signed some duds between 2018 and 2022, but some good, effective players also wore the red and white during that time. Who was our best recruit?

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Roker Roundtable: How competitive can we be in 2022/2023, and are there any teams you fear?

Now that we know the makeup of the Championship for next season, where can Sunderland hope to finish, and which teams will pose a threat?

Roker Roundtable: How will you remember Aiden McGeady’s time at Sunderland?

The veteran Irishman has departed the club following the expiration of his contract. How do our panel assess his contributions in red and white?

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Roker Roundtable: Now that the season has ended, how should Kristjaan Speakman be judged?

Sunderland’s sporting director has been criticised this season, but with promotion secured, has he succeeded in his task?

Roker Roundtable: Did you always believe that Sunderland’s promotion was a possibility?

After such a turbulent season and some damaging defeats, how surprised were our panel that Sunderland finally managed to gain promotion via the playoffs?

Two Up, Two Further Up! Picking out the best bits from Sunderland’s playoff final victory

The Lads have finally escaped League One after four gruelling years. What did our panel make of Saturday’s victory over Wycombe?

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Roker Roundtable: What kind of starting XI should Alex Neil pick for Saturday?

With Sunderland being as close to full strength as we can be, Neil certainly has plenty of options to choose from. Who should get the nod against Wycombe?

Lasses Roundtable: Should Sunderland & the rest of the FAWC have dedicated areas for away fans?

The sight of tens of thousands of Man City and Chelsea fans groups together at either end of Wembley last Sunday got us thinking... should we introduce away supporters areas in the Women’s Championship?

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How do you feel about VAR being used in the playoff final?

After lengthy discussions, it has been confirmed that VAR will be used in Saturday’s playoff final. How do our panel feel about video technology influencing the game?

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Roker Roundtable: How much are you looking forward to the playoff final?

At the end of the week, the red and white army will descend on London for another playoff final. How are our panel feeling about the game?

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What would your final message be to the players before they walk out at Wembley?

If you could deliver a final, stirring message to Sunderland’s players before they walk down the tunnel on the 21st of May, what would you say to them?

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Roker Roundtable: How should Alex Neil set us up for the playoff second leg?

With the tie very much in the balance, Neil has some big decisions to make for Monday’s game. How should he approach it, tactically and selection-wise?

Two Up, Two Down: What do we make of a big night at the Stadium of Light?

Sunderland will take a 1-0 lead to Hillsborough after Ross Stewart’s crucial goal on Friday night. What were the positives and negatives after the first leg of the playoff semi-final?

Can Sunderland use the backing of the crowd to their advantage on Friday?

Sunderland look set to be backed by a crowd of over 40,000 against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night. Can they use that support to propel themselves to victory?

Are you confident Sunderland will make it to Wembley?

Sunderland face a tough test against Sheffield Wednesday in the League One playoff semi-finals. Can we secure the victory over two legs?

Lasses Roundtable: Ladies and Gentlemen... re-introducing Sunderland AFC Women!

Juliet once said "What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." So what do our writers think of Sunderland AFC’s rebrand for women’s football at the club?

Two Up, Two Down: Plenty of positives and a few negatives can be taken from the Morecambe game!

Alex Neil’s team has achieved their first target of reaching the playoffs, but what are the positives and negatives from the Morecambe game?

Final Day Drama: How should Sunderland boss Alex Neil approach the game down at Morecambe?

Alex Neil often says that he sets the team up differently depending on who we play - so how should Sunderland approach the game, both tactically and in terms of the starting eleven, at Morecambe on Saturday?

Two Up, Two Down: Picking over the bones of Sunderland’s draw against Rotherham...

What are the biggest positives and negatives that you can pluck from Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with promotion favourites Rotherham on Tuesday night? Our panel give theirs...

The biggest game of the season so far - so how should Sunderland approach it?

Rotherham might well be in indifferent form, but they are still a huge threat, and it’ll be tough for us. How should Sunderland set up and approach this game?