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  1. Poyet must build to avoid another testing season

    Colin Randall

    Someone behind the scenes at Sunderland had the right idea: Let's call it the lap of appreciation. A lap of honour, after a losing finish to a whirlwind season, would have added an unjustified gloss. Appreciating the terrific support this club attrac...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  2. Sunderland a whisker from relegation safety

    Colin Randall

    It is not quite over. But with an exceptional win at Old Trafford to cap a trememdous late dash for safety, Sunderland stand on the brink of completing perhaps the noblest escape act in the history of the Premier League. Bottom at Christmas, Sunde...

    Blog | May 03, 2014
  3. Can the battle of Old Trafford seal Sunderland's safety?

    Colin Randall

    Not many teams near the bottom of the Premier League would relish a run-in that offered Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United as the last four away games. It should not matter, of course. If a team is good enough, so the consen...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  4. Relegation nerves fray, mathematics get complex

    Colin Randall

    Four games, with three at home against teams currently in the bottom eight, remain for Guy Poyet to complete what would be one of the most remarkable escape acts in the 22 years of the Premier League. Twelve points would keep Sunderland up in any per...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  5. Sunderland's glorious win keeps miracle alive

    Colin Randall

    Twice at Stamford Bridge, and watching around the world, Chelsea supporters will have felt the warm glow of fortune shining on their Premier League title hopes. The first: Ramires staying on the field unpunished for his astonishing assault on Seb ...

    Blog | April 19, 2014
  6. Another defeat leaves Sunderland to ponder life downstairs

    Colin Randall

    On the last day of Premier League football at Roker Park, still a proud old stadium despite having fallen into sullen disrepair, Sunderland beat Everton 3-0. The three points prolonged the agony for Sunderland before a typical combination of resu...

    Blog | April 12, 2014
  7. Trepidation smothers hope ahead of Everton's visit to Sunderland

    Colin Randall

    On Boxing Day, I drove to Liverpool with pleasant lingering thoughts of Christmas Day to block out worries about a torrid afternoon ahead at Goodison Park. To everyone's surprise, Sunderland went ahead. Tim Howard brought down Ki Sung-Yueng and wa...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  8. Au revoir to the Prem as Sunderland flop again

    Colin Randall

    This was the day I hoped to admit I had been wrong all along to worry about Sunderland's ability to stay in the Premier League. Instead, and with heavy heart, I recognise that the game is up, even if the mathematical evidence is still weeks away from...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  9. Heavy clouds gather after yet another Sunderland surrender

    Colin Randall

    After each game, the e-mails flow thick and fast. There is always one from Gus Poyet -- or whoever else happens currently to be managing the crisis that is Sunderland AFC. And there is a flurry of messages from people belonging to the Blackcats e-...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  10. Ghost of shared hero haunts Sunderland and Hull's Wembley bid

    Colin Randall

    Had Raich Carter lived to be 100 and retained the power of his senses, he would surely have savoured Sunday's FA Cup quarterfinal encounter between the two clubs with which he was most closely associated: Hull City and Sunderland. The winner is guara...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  11. It was not to be for Sunderland

    Colin Randall

    WEMBLEY, London -- General football history pays little attention to the losing finalists in the English League Cup. But long after Manchester City's first trophy of the 2013-14 season is superseded by the outcome of grander competitions, the supp...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  12. Near and far, win or lose, Sunderland supporters can share cup gl...

    Colin Randall

    In 1973, as every schoolboy and these days a good many schoolgirls ought to know, Sunderland defied great odds to win the FA Cup as a club from a division one below the top flight, confronting then-mighty Leeds United. It is remembered throughout...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  13. A short history of Sunderland at Wembley

    Colin Randall

    In the proud ancient history of Sunderland football club, there have been six top-flight titles -- we ought to draw a veil over just how long ago the last of them occurred -- and just two victories at Wembley. I missed them all. The first was in 1...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  14. Curse of starting poorly hampers Sunderland's safety battle

    Colin Randall

    As Southampton outclassed Sunderland for much of the first half on Saturday, I kept reassuring myself that the process of bouncing back from a catastrophic start to the season is bound to be slow. But with Gus Poyet's team making recent victories...

    Blog | January 19, 2014
  15. Sunderland inflict further misery on Man United

    Colin Randall

    Happily, Sunderland put on another tremendous cup display to defeat Manchester United and bring one step closer the prospect of a Wembley trophy for the first time in 41 years. Sadly, beating United no longer has quite the ring it had. Everyone's ...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  16. January transfer window ins and outs at Sunderland

    Colin Randall

    Whom should Sunderland bring in during the January transfer window, and whom should they ship out? HIT LIST When a club plays in the cold and windy North East of England, being written off as relegation chumps by Christmas makes attracting season...

    Blog | January 03, 2014