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Out Of The Debris.
It began in controversy, worked its way through bedlam and ended in total insanity. Bewilderingly it only lasted 12 games.... more...

Posh 1967
The memories came flooding back as soon as the draw was made - Peterborough at home in a Cup game.... more...

50 Years
Can it really be a half a century? That long since my dad took me through those creaking gates of... more...

What it Means
It was my first glimpse into being a Sunderland supporter. I was six years old and standing in a darkened... more...

A Day for the Ages
As those final, glorious minutes ticked down far too quickly I found myself trying to remember how I felt all... more...

Never Again
We wouldn't leave because we knew it might never be this way again. Sadly we got that right. But at... more...

A Season In Purgatory
It would be unfair to the collective memories and experience of supporters past and present to describe this current campaign... more...

Vic Halom Vic Halom Vic Halom
I saw it all the way. Standing at mid level in the Fulwell, slightly off to the Clock Stand side,... more...

Our Cup Runneth Over
There's something oddly comforting to know you are not alone when the wheels fall off the Sunderland bus. To the... more...

RIP: Kevin and Keith
It's close on 40 years since that night. And still each passing year it tugs at the memory, reminds you... more...

Our old friend relegation
As you get older there's a symmetry to the memories which return without warning and quite often without real explanation.... more...

Why We Bother
When you have a midfield like ours it sometimes feels better to let your mind wander into the larger issues... more...

Boring, boring Sunderland
Could we really be the most boring team in the history of the Premier League? Well, after a half century... more...

Memories are made of this
The great basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain, famously once claimed he'd had sex with more than 20,000 women during and after... more...

Off and Running At Last
It has finally started. This season. At least it feels like that. This stop/go, week on week off silliness has... more...

Liverpool: Still a Dangerous Beast
I, too, want to feast on the corpse of Liverpool FC. Not alone in that judging by the number of... more...

Higher, Faster - Richer?
Wayne Rooney and Paula Findlay have little in common. Gender, sports, countries, fame, money? Nope, not a thing. Integrity, grit,... more...

The Moment of the Season
Oh yes, there was Ji's stumbling, wonderful wander around Joe Hart. Or the introduction of McClean and then Seb's free... more...

Scared Straight
It's not that we think we are immortal. But I think most of us kind of figure we'll live long... more...

Take in on the Chin, Jimmy
Call me vindictive, call me nasty, call me unforgiving But don't call me unmoved by news that Coventry City are... more...

For Pity's Sake Bruce: SHUT UP
It's as though the builders had trapped a rat between the walls of your posh new house. No matter what... more...

Oh what a night
Half a century has almost slipped by but there is still no clear answer. Just how many people were inside... more...

The Song Remains The Same.
Enough of the comparisons of Roker and the Stadium of Light. Put them into the feather bed of history, where... more...

Sunday's Derby: One for the Ages
All too often we slap the legend label on people and things just passing through our club. Players, games, goals... more...

Disaster Lurks Around the Corner
Were there ever a doubt that Martin O'Neill was truly a Sunderland supporter as a young lad then he's dispelled... more...

You Never Forget Your First
It is closing in on 50 years. But is feels like yesterday. That 1963-64 season. Of course, because we care... more...

Sons and SAFC Lovers
It's 25 years since he died. In the end it wasn't the coal dust which had clogged up his lungs... more...

Sunderland's Pride of Place
You don't know what you've got 'til its gone. Or maybe you only really know when it comes back. Pride.... more...

A tale of Two Hatreds: Mags V Leeds
There are dividing lines between Sunderland supporters. Unfortunately these days being born closer to the Tyne than the Wear seems... more...

A Long Night: A New Dawn
It was 5 a.m when we got back from emergency. For hours I'd sat alone, waiting to know if my... more...

We're Not Fickle. We're Just Desperate
New dawns? We've seen a few. And we've seen the deepening twilight that has followed far too quickly. But that... more...

Time's Up, Steve
There comes a time in relationships when you know its over. Too many things have happened and too many things... more...

What makes a legend?
Legends of the Faithful Legends are in the memory of the beholder. The eyes lie. Too soon we rush to... more...

To Darren Bent from Danny Blanchflower
While never a legend himself Willie McPheat did something that scared the shit out of the greatest ever player to... more...

We are Sunderland, not Wigan
Delusional fans with unrealistic ambitions who revel in unwarranted criticism? Is that who were are? Seems the media angle right... more...

Sunderland fans: A Breed Apart?
Dazed and confused. The words spring to mind listening to Steve Bruce after most games these days. Some will say... more...

Misery Loves Company
Discovered watching sports, by yourself, in mid-afternoon, is close to being caught masturbating. It's kind of sad, though we all... more...

On Carrow Road, The Clash and Bobby Kerr
Some road trips can never be forgotten. While many memories fade, others, the ones which really meant something, sharpen with... more...

Loyalty? Kiss My Badge
Charlie Hurley never had a badge to kiss. He didn't need one. We knew, where his heart lay. Times were... more...

The six game “mini season” review
Looking at the way our fixtures are structured this season, it looks very much like we can break our season... more...

Premier League Preview
Our return to the Premier League under the new Leadership of Drumaville with Roy Keane at the wheel has finally... more...

Do you want Popularity or Success?
Well it certainly developed into an interesting pre-season that’s for sure from the perspective of us Sunderland supporters. Niall Quinn,... more...

Patience is a virtue
On the 7th May, just over a month and a half ago, we were all celebrating our winning of the... more...

The Crowning of Champions
The Championship season finishing seems like an age away already for me and I imagine most other Sunderland supporters despite... more...

Summer Vacation
Something’s missing, isn’t it? After all the sustained excitement of, for me, the most enjoyable season since 1973 those Saturday... more...

Such A Perfect Day
I woke up late feeling rough after a heavy day’s decorating and was unsure whether to head up to Luton... more...

Ten years on
Well now that promotion has been confirmed I was thinking of an angle for a brief article other than the... more...

Thank You and Goodbye
We’re a cat’s whisker away from automatic promotion now and when we make it, one of the problems Roy... more...

The bar has been raised… now for the roof
As was mentioned a couple of articles previous to this, we have achieved so much this season yet conversely we... more...

The changing face of football…?
Given the amount of articles that seem to be popping up in the broadsheets, the tabloids and internet websites about... more...

Achieved so much, yet so little so far
Are we on the crest of a wave at present or are we still just paddling out to sea in... more...

The Final Run-In
Got your ticket yet for the Luton game on May 6th? Don’t delay, it’s going to be party day –... more...

The Wolves Match: Before and After
Before I don’t think I’ve looked forward to any match this season more than I’m anticipating Saturday’s clash with... more...

England and its glorious failures…
There’s nothing better than an International break in the season is there? Well not quite as I am sure the... more...

Cats Nine lives – One gone?
When Stoke visited the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night there were nine remaining games in the “normal season”. We’re... more...

Run in – How the Bookmakers currently see it
We’re into the final quarter of the season now, and fast approaching the home straight and given that we’ve not... more...

The Run-In
It’s looking good. That’s the worrying part. But try, like me, to make the most of it. If Sunderland can... more...

Most impressive signing of the season award...
You might think it is a strange time to start thinking about who has been the most impressive signing... more...

Where are we headed now?
Where are we headed now? Well the much talked of January transfer sales (agents late Christmas bonus month is possibly... more...

Strange Encounter
As there was no match to talk about this weekend I feel I should take this opportunity to let you... more...

Radio On
I don’t have a T.V. I’m no technophobe but I haven’t had a telly for years and never feel that... more...

The Year So Far
We may not have achieved the miracle of luring Beckham away from Tinsletown but we’ve managed to get over a... more...

It’s a New Year, It’s a New Dawn…
Firstly, I’ll get the trivialities out of the way and offer the usual wishes of all the best for 2007... more...

Crystal Palace v Sunderland
When I heard that there was going to be a pitch inspection at 5p.m. the pre-Christmas beers at work were... more...

The revival finally gathering pace?
Are we allowed to say the words yet? Has the revival finally begun and are we destined for a promotion... more...

Rootin' Tootin': Sunderland-Luton
It’s a good job I’m grey already as being a Sunderland fan these days is giving a lot of us... more...

Home Away Game
A bright half-moon was hanging over Ladbroke Grove W10 as I left home at 7.15 p.m. for the away game... more...

Money makes the football world go around
Despite having influenced Roy Keane and his selection process with my article last week (although the players named weren’t the... more...

My Back Pages
In the early Sixties Shack’s was what we called our local off-licence on Durham Road, just west of what’s now... more...

Tulips of Amsterdam…
Don’t you just love a good old-fashioned Friendly International in the middle of a week? Well maybe not. Now I... more...

Shepherds lost his flock…
As the old Jimmy Greaves saying used to go when talking about football and its supporters – “It’s a funny... more...

A few breaks are needed...
It seems like only 5 minutes ago since we were all hit with the news that Keano was the man... more...

To Hull and Back
A mate and I were in Hull way back in 1967 when a lad across the street shouted, “Hey, you!”... more...

Being an England Fan. Well, Not Really.
When I was a kid I used to get really excited about England, so much so that when Geoff Hurst... more...

A trip to Portugal, Illegal gambling, Bungs, Penalty and School Shootouts…
Well the international break is upon us once again so we can turn our thoughts away from the championship and... more...

There Was A Great Pestilence In The Land
There was a great pestilence in the land with much gnashing of teeth among the dwindling ranks of the faithful.... more...

Mood Indigo - From our armchair fan
It’s a lovely afternoon in early autumn and Sunderland are 1-0 up against Ipswich away – okay it was an... more...

Sunderland, gambling, drinking, drugs and rock and roll
Welcome to a new feature on the RTG site. In all honesty I am not 100% sure what form this... more...

Sunderland V Chelsea Live in New York!
The in-form Black-Cats are scheduled to take on struggling Chelsea on Sunday the 15th of January at 11AM. Live on... more...

"Who the hell is TommyJ?" The final part of my tour.
“Who the hell is TommyJ?” The Sunderland fan stubs a finger onto the bar room table when he talks, where... more...

A tale of Homeless people, coffee and… Fetish Nightclubs?
What a Tour! What a great time! Pitty the football was so bad. [Before I start let me give a... more...

One week to go before Pre-season kick off...
Sunderlands USA/Canada pre-season tour kicks off next week. Mccarthy had previously said that he would have liked around 8 players... more...

England Vs Colombia: The Star Spangled Bungle
England kicked up more then three goals this tuesday when they entered into a row with their host nation,... more...

West Ham V Sunderland To be shown live in the States
It's official, on friday the 29th, the West Ham game will be shown LIVE at Nevada Smiths in New York... more...

Setanta drop clanger on Sunderland fans abroad
Setanta sports showed their commitment to non-premiership football today when they failed miserably to show the Sunderland-Ipswich game on their... more...

Ipswich Game Live on TV in USA
This is a particularaly huge game for Sunderland supporters in the USA, not because it could theoretically mean automatic promotion,... more...

Rumor Mill
There are so many Rumors floating around SAFC at the moment I thought that it might be nice to put... more...

Reading game to be shown in the USA
Its not live but we're used to that by now in the states. If anyone is going to be in... more...

Help needed: Preseason Tour
Know a little about Portland, vancouver or Seattle? Can you help? I am frequently being asked by sunderland supporters if... more...

The Sunderland-Ipswich project
On Sunday the 24th of November, a Sunderland supporter recorded the thoughts of Ipswich and Sunderland fans pre-and post match.... more...

England to play freindly in New York & Chicago
The england squad will fly to America this year to play the national US side at 'Soldier Field Stadium' (a... more...

On St. Patricks day… The view of the Soccer Fan Abroad:
There is no greater incongruence in the way that British football supporters are seen then in the way that they... more...

Burnley Game live on US TV
It has just been confirmed by Nevada Smiths (i.e. Jack) in New York that the 'Bornlae' game will be shown... more...

Thinking about going to Canada and USA this pre-season? A helpful guide.
What you need to remember before booking your tickets..... A helpful guide for potential travellers going to more then one... more...

USA/CANADA Pre-season seemingly confirmed? Apparenty we're a 'Talented club'
It seems as though the rumors are true. A day after writing my initial article the three clubs have seemingly... more...

Calling all Toronto vistors and residents!
In my writing position at Ready to go I often come across USA Sunderland supporters who are interested in meeting... more...

We've all been on a USA Tour... Have You?
Standing in the carolinas last year after an amazing eleven days I never thought that I would be lucky enough... more...

Sunderland V's Wolves live in USA on Feb 4th
The following game is being shown on Setanta Pub channel, once again we remind all American mackems that there is... more...

Yankee Mackems charity appeal
Those who know me know that I'm fairly involved in psychology- in particular mental illness. In fact, as I've mentioned... more...

Sunderland V Derby To be shown in the USA
Setanta has decided to be kind and show the Deby game this Sunday so any bars that have the the... more...

Setanta finally Give US based supporters some holiday cheer
Personally I have already had a strange new year. Despite promising myself that I would never, ever, do it…. I... more...

Sunderland V Ipswich to be shown "almost live" in the states
This Sunday, Sunderland will be shown 'almost live' against Ipswich on the Setanta pub channel at 3:00 PM (as usual... more...

Remberance/Veterans Day
Remembrance Day. In the USA the 11th of November is Veterans day and I feel that it is only right... more...

Jets New Stadium:
New Yorks Latest Olympic Bid and the history behind sport in Manhattan: It’s nice to know the FA aren’t the... more...

Much Adu about nothing.
“WMD’s, the informational super highway, ethnic cleansing… soccer mom’s”. Perhaps the latest addition to hit the Buzz-word, in-vogue ‘word revolution’... more...

Leeds game to be shown in USA
As those supporters who live abroad may have noticed this season there have been substantial changes made to the way... more...

On tour with the Yankee Mackem: Carolinas 2004 Photographs
It's been a while but they're finally here, the basic story in pictures of the fantastic pre-season tour the... more...

Competition for a driver in the USA officially ends.
The difficult decision of choosing a sunderland supporter to bring to the United states, all expenses paid, ended yesterday when... more...

Fancy going to see Sunderland play in the USA... for free?
The sunderland echo highlighted an appeal today by a group of sunderland supporters who need some help in order for... more...

USA Coach tour for supporters announced
The Sunderland Supporters in the USA have organised a coach tour for the entire USA 3-match tour this summer, leaving... more...

Sunderland to play in the USA?
It has been reported recently on the aleague.uslsoccer.com website that there is a good chance that sunderland will be playing... more...

Heartache and Hangovers in the USA
There were plenty of heartaches and hangovers to go around in the USA this morning. Finally, when the headaches had... more...

Semi Final in New York
After the recent successes of the last few gatherings in New York its no surprise that the semi final will... more...

Sheffield match live in the USA
One of the best things about being a sunderland supporter is that, when we are on (which admittedly isn't often),... more...

Two Departures and an England Match
SAFCSA USA Will be meeting in New York this Saturday to celebrate three wins on the trot, a bare minimum... more...

Good News For World Wide Sunderland Supporters
Safcsa Usa SAFC on TV? Despite Sunderlands recent woeful form there is at last a good chance that Sunderland association... more...

Bellion Plays Barcelona
Safcsa Usa: I never believed I'd ever see David Bellion Play. Ok I'm living in New York, and I don't... more...

SAFCSA USA Diary: Man U 4 Juventus 1
A few months ago I won tickets to see Manchester United Take on their Italian Champion Counterparts Juventus at Giants... more...

Information for the season ahead for all supporters in the states.
Information for the season ahead for all supporters in the states. Safcsa UsaWith the final international game of the year,... more...




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