A few truisms. I love SAFC with a passion but that passion did not come from watching great players, seeing trophies year after year or having a classic footballing tradition. The thing that keeps me going is the pride I have in being part of a club that has a reputation for being some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the country. Safc as a footballing unit is at best mediocrity. Aye the threat of success rears its head every now and again but ultimately were somwehere in the middle of it all. We start losing our ability to get behind the team we loose what were all about. The bubble of the Reid era foray into the Prem has burst. Now, Mick and the lads need the support that at times can turn an average player into a world beater for 90 mins. Even the best sides will shite themselves at playing in front of a partizan crowd with a team of young bloods smashing into em. I understand this theory has its flaws but we have to be honest enough to realise we are gonna struggle this year on talent alone. I do not apologise for the emotional bollocks Ive just written cos when I hear some of the negativity on here its boils my piss. FFS we are Sunderland. We've all stood there in the pouring rain at Roker baying for blood. A tribe apart. Now we leave with 10 mins to go to get the car. As it stands people band Pompey and West Ham as the cauldrons of football. Not the SOL. Lets put it right. Find your pride and your voice. Keep the faith.