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Gary McLaughlin
Sunderland born. Sunderland bred. Maybe a tad Sunderland biased too but nevermind. Love to put fingers to keys.

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Premier League
Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle - Who Will Avoid the Drop?
17:00 Tuesday 8th March 2016

The battle to avoid joining Aston Villa in the Championship rages on after another Premier League weekend rife with defensive lapses from the bottom four clubs. Villa look a certainty for the drop, whilst two of Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle…

Match Report: Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
04:48 Tuesday 10th April 2012

Stalemate at the Stadium of Light, I could report this match simply by stating the result; such was the sterile contest it turned out to be. Both teams were stubborn in their shapes and tactics, neither of which made any inroads in front of…

The Curious Case of Nicklas Bendtner
09:09 Saturday 7th April 2012

Speak about humble pie to Nicklas Bendtner and he will be thinking you are on about an actual pie made of deer entrails, or so his reputation would have you believe. It is very easy to dislike the Dane, especially when he potters about with…

Match Report: Manchester City 3-3 Sunderland (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
00:24 Monday 2nd April 2012

Sunderland came within a whisker of emulating their Stamford Bridge heroics from last season – denied a double over Manchester City and their first top flight win in Manchester since 1981. City needed the victory to temporarily return to the…

Match Report: Sunderland 3-1 Queens Park Rangers (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
14:58 Tuesday 27th March 2012

Both teams went into this fixture on the back of contrasting fortunes in their mid-week Premier League games. Sunderland had a dismal time at Ewood Park, whilst Queens Park Rangers made an astonishing comeback at home to beat Liverpool having…

Match Report: Blackburn 2-0 Sunderland (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
19:16 Sunday 25th March 2012

Sunderland arrived at Ewood Park with a sense that the club had arrived at a crossroad in their season. Clearly, FA Cup the priority, but there was still a genuine opportunity for the Black Cats to catapult themselves further up the Premier…

Match Report: Everton 1-1 Sunderland (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
14:46 Tuesday 20th March 2012

Things could not have been tighter coming into this intriguing FA Cup Quarter Final, with Sunderland and Everton deadlocked in pretty much every conceivable Premier League statistic. Both had the same number of points, wins, draws, losses,…

Match Report: Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
20:14 Sunday 11th March 2012

It was back to the grind for the North East after the dust finally settled from last week's pulsating derby. Liverpool visited the Stadium of Light desperate for a win to keep what little hopes they had of a Champions League spot alive, while…

Match Report: Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
18:56 Tuesday 6th March 2012

This was not about points. This was not even about Europe. To some this was barely about football, this was about our culture and what we stand for. Premier League ambitions well and truly took a back seat as 12pm finally ticked over and Mike…

Tyne Wear Derby Preview
15:39 Saturday 3rd March 2012

Seldom has there been a Tyne Wear derby competed with both sides vying for major accolades in English football. Newcastle are chasing a European qualification spot and Sunderland are in the last eight of the FA Cup and have an outside chance…

Match Report: Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
00:03 Monday 13th February 2012

Even the most diehard of Sunderland fans would have found it difficult to begrudge Thierry ‘The King' Henry glossing his glorious Arsenal career with one more goal, and what a vital goal it turned out to be.Martin O'Neill has instilled a ‘how…

Match Report: Stoke City 0-1 Sunderland (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
23:29 Sunday 5th February 2012

One thing that everyone agrees on, even if they do not make too many friends along the way, is that Stoke is a tough place to go and get a result. Sunderland already knew all about that, without even a top flight point in this fixture since…

Sunderland 3-0 Norwich (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
22:39 Sunday 5th February 2012

Games come thick and fast at this time of year, for Sunderland the points have come just as quickly and this game presented the opportunity to rocket themselves into an unprecedented 8th spot.  Norwich needed just a point to keep themselves…

Match Report: Sunderland 2-0 Swansea (Sunderland Fan's Perspective)
23:48 Monday 23rd January 2012

I nearly choked when I read Brendan Rogers' recent quote after the game, “it is great for the public here at Sunderland to see us”. If only I knew how in awe I was supposed to be of Swansea perhaps I would have concentrated more on their dull…

Rocked To The Core - Sunderland's Story 2011
01:45 Tuesday 10th January 2012

Sunderland were a club on the up, a club filled with potential, panache and presence. 2010 ended with the team deservedly entertaining a European spot in the Premier League, a feat which if accomplished would be only the Black Cats' second…