Thursday, 10 April 2008

It's a fix

Saturday April 12th K.O. 3pm : Sunderland away
Formed in 1879, joined the F/L in 1890/91 and stayed in Div 1 until ‘57/58. Then ups and downs in every decade, including a stint in the old 3rd division (87/88). Mick McCarthy took over after the Wilkinson and Reid eras, and got them back up for a season, and now they’re back under you know who.

Honours: 6 times Div 1 Champs (last in 1936, or 20050r 2007?); 5 times runners up (last in 1935) 2 FA Cups (1937, 1973); 2 runners up in 1913, 1992. Charity Shield runners up (1937 – to us!), League Cup runners up n ’85.
Some names/connections: Ivor Broadis, Jeff Clarke, Ralph Brand, Johnny Crossan, Mick Horswill, Andy Kerr, Les McDowall, Don Revie, Tony Towers, Dennis Tueart, Dave Watson, Niall Quinn, Tony Coton, Nicky Summerbee, Peter Reid, Stephen Elliott, Mick McCarthy, Claudio Reyna, Dickson Etuhu……Steve Cram.

Roy Keane (big boo) ‘s squad includes : Gordon, Nosworthy, Evans, Bardsley, Whitehead, Etuhu, McShane, Leadbitter, Murphy, Jones, Reid, Fulop, harte, O’Donovan, Higginbotham, Chopra, Waghorn, Price, Stokes, Miller, Yorke, Richardson, Edwards, Ward, Wallace, Collins

This season so far ; At COMS in November we won 1-0 with a Stephen Ireland 66th minute strike to give the big two fingers up to Roy Keane in front of 40,038 (2,416 Mackems) .
Currently they’re in 13th place with 36 points from 33 games with 8 wins 3 draws and 5 losses at home.

Our form at Sunderland : Last meeting was in 2005/06 when we won 2-1 in a bright start to the season. with goals from Vassell (10) and Sinclair (35) with Le Tallec pulling one back in the 41st minute, but we managed to hang on. In In 02/03 we won 3-0 so we’ve won the last two.
P/W attendances rangeed from : 15,144 in 1983. to 51,782 in 1973 5th round replay.
Best wins : 5-2 in 1908 and ’32. 5-4 in ’54. 4-0 in ‘69 and ’70.
Biggest defeats : 0-4 in 1911, 2-5 in ’24 and ’30.

Groundwise: We opened up the S.O.L. in August ’97, in front of 38,827, the start of our relegation season to the third, losing 3-1 (Kinky pen). Since then they’ve increased the capacity and 47,475 watched the 2000 game. We’ll be in the Metro FM South Stand..

Stadium Of Light Capacity : 48,300 (3,000 for City)
Comment : It’s a place we can win at but it’’ll be another battle today as they’re on a roll with 3 wins in their last 3 games - so will WE be up for it for a change?? Time to give Keane his cum – uppance if nothing else.

STATS: 62 pre-war and 51 post make it our 114th league meeting, and up there post-war it’s:
Played: 25 – Won 10 – Drawn 3 – Lost 12.
Last Pot: FA Cup in ’73.
Last Attendance: 33,357 (2049 City)
Where were they when they were shite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87
Their current average home attendance : 42,378
Away Day Zines : A Love Supreme, The Wearside Roar – selling KK is tricky so please watch out for us.
Steve P’s Route: M62/M60 to M1/A1 North exiting at jn 65 (after Washington services) bear right onto A194 (M) to end of motorway and right onto A 184 through East Boldon to A1018 towards Sunderland. If you’re early enough you can park on or just off the A1018 (Newcastle Road) – if parking restrictions haven’t changed.
There’s also a park and ride for the Metro at East Boldon - £2.70 for the day return fare to the Stadium of Light or St. Peter’s.
Public transport : Not cheap - £58.70 Saver from Piccadilly via Thornoby or via Newcastle then on Metro (extra fare) Trans Pennine Express don’t do cheap advanced tickets from Manchester to Newcastle (unless City fans have already had all the cheap direct tickets for that Saturday, but they are available from Manchester to York and York to Newcastle, so it could be done for between £28 and £34 depending on the train.

Pubs/Parking : Plenty of pubs near the ground, but parking, like all these new grounds, not good.

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