Sunderland 'Til I Cry: EFL and beyond 19/20

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Who was ready last weekend? I mean, Fulham weren't

imago, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 09:44 (five months ago) link

West Brom looked pretty slick vs Forest. Huddersfield were unfortunate last night.

Obviously looking forward to the Cocu / Rooney coaching team Derby are aiming to line up before the window ends.

ShariVari, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 10:03 (five months ago) link

lol all three relegated prem teams lost right?

do unfortunately think sunderland will smash l1 this year

nxd, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 10:57 (five months ago) link

I'm ready... it's our fuckwitted backpassing to rookie goalkeeper, english cb that isn't! But despite a mixed performance and still looking toothless/clueless in the last 3rd. Diakhaby's lightning pace and Grant's cool as a cucumber, totally confident penalty strike tells me mid table is doable!

calzino, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:04 (five months ago) link

Bradford Park Avenue sack their new management team (appointed in May) after two consecutive 5-0 losses.

Is the first week a new record?

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:53 (five months ago) link

There was famously a same day sacking years back but I can't remember who

seven against feebs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:56 (five months ago) link

Rosenior, brilliant

seven against feebs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:59 (five months ago) link

Norwich's climb from the nadir was triggered by the insta-sacking of Gunn after a 7-1 opening day defeat to Colchester

imago, Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:26 (five months ago) link

Robins had a nervous breakdown and walked after an opening day 4-0 home drubbing against Bournemouth. The chairman said he was a brilliant technical manager who lacked people skills and cited his refusal to high 5 the jovial Jermaine Beckford on the training ground as an example of this.

calzino, Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:35 (five months ago) link

You can probably trace a fairly steady decline for Colchester since that 7-1 too.

Tim, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:46 (five months ago) link

Beating someone 7-1 and having them immediately nick your manager will generally have a depressive effect, as will having your stadium miles out of town in a weird car park

imago, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:50 (five months ago) link

Our pre-season optimism lasted around 35 minutes into a display of deep ineptitude against a rubbishy Macclesfield; by halfway through the second half my drunk mates were reduced to complaining that the yoof are not as good at singing songs as we all were in the old days (NB not true at all in my estimation but wevs) then we spawned an 87th minute winner and joy was very nearly unconfined.

Tim, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:51 (five months ago) link

Ah yes, Macclesfield - dear old Sol is ready

imago, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:53 (five months ago) link

Won't (strike thru) Will always be fooled by an unbeaten preseason, and then feel all optimism drain away in first 20 mins of match 1.

calzino, Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:02 (five months ago) link

Yeah. After the first game is much too early to be giving it the "gotta grind out points in this league" gubbins also.

Tim, Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:06 (five months ago) link

Just passing Elland Rd ont bus and have a gigantic bamford head peering right at me at the traffic lights :x

calzino, Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:20 (five months ago) link

Some lovely old buildings in Holbeck tbf

calzino, Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:24 (five months ago) link

"Most of my constituency know I am not a football expert but it's my job to take up concerns when they are expressed to me and I have had a confidential briefing.

"I want to be satisfied that the sale was done by the book. The fans deserve to know that the sale of their football club has been done by the rules. I am not making a judgment."

The Examiner understands Mr Sheerman has not been in touch with Huddersfield Town directly to discuss his concerns.

A Huddersfield Town spokesman said: "The sale of the club has been ratified by the FA and the EFL as is part of the process."

lol the legitimate concerns of barry sheerman. just for some clarity our club used to be fully owned by a full on scumbag capitalist who utilised zero hour contracts and outsourcing to ruthlessly destroy his business rivals on the depleted high streets of the UK. And now the club is 3/4 owned by some amoral ambulance chaser who looks like a class a cunt as well. barry sheerman is the first mp to declare himself a professional lobbyist and now admits he doesn't know the difference between the Hudds and S Weds shirts after humiliating himself in a pub a couple of years back.

calzino, Thursday, 8 August 2019 22:23 (five months ago) link

Did somebody say...'surprise package'?

imago, Saturday, 10 August 2019 15:57 (five months ago) link

you've totally cursed it now.

calzino, Saturday, 10 August 2019 16:11 (five months ago) link

"We'll go for it," he told BBC Radio Suffolk. "Too many people come here and don't try to play but we'll go for it. We're playing rock and roll football."

seven against feebs (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 10 August 2019 18:49 (five months ago) link

presumably if other people like it, that's a bonus

seven against feebs (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 10 August 2019 18:50 (five months ago) link

Richards gone. Would have been nicer to have done it during the close season but we said that last year too.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 12 August 2019 12:10 (five months ago) link

Siewart gone.. never thought this golden era of 1 win in 8 months or whatever the fuck it was would ever come to an end!

calzino, Friday, 16 August 2019 21:49 (five months ago) link

You get beat again? 2-1 down last time I looked

PMS change (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 August 2019 22:15 (five months ago) link

yeah finished 2-1, fucking Cavelerio finished us off! lots of talk of the players despising the manager, our chairman was on the verge of sacking him after the league cup defeat the other night. Always had a feeling it would be all downhill after Wagner went. Or at least normalis negotium as pom would say!

calzino, Friday, 16 August 2019 22:32 (five months ago) link

just for Bacuna's dopey assist for the Mitrovic opener - I seriously never want to see that cunt play for us again, and him looking like a L2 player and giving the ball away umpteen times a minute. While we were in the prem our recruitment was fucking shocking.

calzino, Friday, 16 August 2019 22:44 (five months ago) link

there are reports he was sacked on wednesday, but the chairman told him: seeing as he'd already picked his team for tonight he might as well stick about for another game before getting pumped.

calzino, Friday, 16 August 2019 22:54 (five months ago) link

Pușcaș looks like an excellent signing for Reading.

ShariVari, Sunday, 18 August 2019 12:41 (five months ago) link

As I say that he misses a one on one under no pressure whatsoever.

ShariVari, Sunday, 18 August 2019 12:42 (five months ago) link

damn, you can get a shit hot Romanian international striker for €8m these days. I wish our shitty scouting dept knew this last season.

calzino, Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:25 (five months ago) link


calzino, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:43 (five months ago) link


imago, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:48 (five months ago) link

Looks like dear old Oldham are in a spot of bother, largely flying under the radar AFAICT amid the massive pits of bother that Bury and Bolton find themselves in.

Luckily for the Latics they're playing us this evening and there's nothing we like to do more than donate three dumb points to crisis clubs.

Tim, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:55 (five months ago) link

I still can't get past my tribal hatred for Oldham whose fans were very shitty when we were the crisis club and our ex-player Wijnard tormented our dysfunctional defence. Also fuck them for the time they gave a contract to vehicular homicide scumbag Lee Hughes. Hope they go bust!

calzino, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:19 (five months ago) link

I've nothing against Oldham but I'd just as soon see them slide ignominiously out of the league as see them go bust in a blaze of Bury-style publicity. (They would be the first team that had been in the Premier League to do so I think?)

Tim, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:02 (five months ago) link

I haven't checked but I bet not many clubs have spent as many consecutive seasons in League 1 as Oldham have in the modern era, and if hadn't have been for that meddling amateur Scholesy ....

calzino, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:52 (five months ago) link

What is this new Bolton bullshit

Aston "Family Court" Barrett (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:07 (five months ago) link

they were just calmly preparing to field an XI of children as they normally do and some spoilsport postponed the game!

calzino, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:58 (five months ago) link

Squeaky bum time in the most exciting footballing action of the day. I imagine "C&N Sporting Risk, headed by Henry Newman and Rory Campbell" are running round the office printing off bank statements.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 23 August 2019 21:57 (five months ago) link

Reminds me of the collapse of Hereford United where the scumbag owner didn't turn up for refinancing in court as he was "stuck in traffic" and the company was immediately dissolved.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 23 August 2019 21:59 (five months ago) link

Bury FC Crisis: Company which bought £7m debt for £70,000 and now wants £1.75m for it, reportedly owned by partner of daughter of club owner Steve Dale. Jaw-dropping detail in the wreckage of this football club.

— David Conn (@david_conn) August 23, 2019

EFL did some cracking fit and proper testing on this Dale fellow.

calzino, Friday, 23 August 2019 22:11 (five months ago) link

Steve Dale has been telling some media that a deal has been done. The potential buyers have told James Frith MP that's not the case. Yet. #BuryFC

— Chris Hall (@chrishallitv) August 23, 2019

calzino, Friday, 23 August 2019 22:35 (five months ago) link

we've had quite a few momentously big scoring win lose draws against Bury in my lifetime - including 0-6, 6-0, 4-4, 3-3 in the last couple of decades. I love Gigg Lane as well despite only going there twice. Good luck Bury.

calzino, Friday, 23 August 2019 23:15 (five months ago) link

we are going through the longest period of terrible football and sustained losing since that 70's period that some older fans with a slight touch of grandiloquence refer to as The Great Decline. When the designated disabled area is abandoned by the contemptible prem daytrippers that took over it like a fucking disease - i'll be happy to get a season ticket again, because half empty stands is the only environment that works with the kid. At least yesterday our useless caretaker manager realised Elphick is an old slow liability that is finished at this level, probably finished at L1 level (where we are headed) as well so a complete waste of a wage. It reminds me of when we signed Unsworth when he was an old knackered useless bastard as well.

calzino, Sunday, 25 August 2019 09:33 (five months ago) link

I've often complained to stewards that there should be an autism friendly section of the ground, and they agreed. But shite football is the only real solution for empty banks of seats.

calzino, Sunday, 25 August 2019 09:42 (five months ago) link

he always looked like face from crimewatch did this cunt, never trust anyone who spells Gary with 2 R's and wears wooly cardigans in the summer.

calzino, Monday, 26 August 2019 13:19 (five months ago) link

BREAKING: Bury FC Crisis: The proposed purchase by C & N Sporting Risk is OFF; owner Steve Dale was given until 5pm today for it to complete or the club would be expelled from the Football League, so this really could be the end.

— David Conn (@david_conn) August 27, 2019

it looks like Bury will be gone within the hour.

calzino, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:02 (four months ago) link

Ugh, I feel very bad for the Bury fans suffering at the hands of a bunch of stuff outside their control.

Having said that, there's a piece of me that would be irritated by their being saved at the last minute, rewarding them for massively overspending to buy promotion last year (my lot finished one point outside the play-off places, remember). I try to keep that piece of me under control because ultimately it's the Bury FC community that loses its club, and it's hardly their fault they enjoyed last season on the never-never.

Presumably the ground will be disposed of as part of an insolvency process? That's quite an important factor in any phoenix club starting up.

Tim, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:13 (four months ago) link

another cracking win for Hull as well today, something's started to click there, just in time for the usual "can they hold on to Jarrod Bowen?" window

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:14 (two months ago) link

I never really rated Grant! Weird. I guess he's getting good service

imago, Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:37 (two months ago) link

He was feeding off scraps when we were up against prem defences and still scored a few and has improved some since then

calzino, Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:45 (two months ago) link

Coolest pen taker as well which is what you need for the pla....

calzino, Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:52 (two months ago) link

i think you'll find we still have the coolest pen taker

imago, Saturday, 2 November 2019 18:19 (two months ago) link

had to scroll down a bit to see who you were talking about :p

calzino, Saturday, 2 November 2019 18:57 (two months ago) link

when's the cricket season then

imago, Saturday, 9 November 2019 18:42 (two months ago) link

this seems to finally be the day our racist fans turn on naby sarr for good

imago, Saturday, 9 November 2019 18:46 (two months ago) link

we got outshithoused today, that'll be a valuable lesson to our oh so charming management duo.

calzino, Saturday, 9 November 2019 23:12 (two months ago) link

Warnock out.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Monday, 11 November 2019 18:34 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

oilball comes to se7

imago, Friday, 29 November 2019 10:34 (one month ago) link

lol, misread that as ollie-ball for a sec. back in the big time again eh?

calzino, Saturday, 30 November 2019 02:47 (one month ago) link

the predictable town 0 vile revenant 4 debacle still hurting like a bleeding abscess spurting blood out of my arse. thursday's exit poll is released. A lot to to absorb in a week STOP I may be gone for some ti

calzino, Saturday, 7 December 2019 01:35 (one month ago) link

this is going to be brutal - a patched up team of square pegs in round holes and a bench of U18's - fucking hell i can't even watch.

calzino, Saturday, 7 December 2019 12:02 (one month ago) link

words that apply extremely well to our own injury-ravaged squad. we had 14 out last week ffs

imago, Saturday, 7 December 2019 12:05 (one month ago) link

barring spectacular investment i can unfortunately see this being an 'it's us or you' situation come season's end

imago, Saturday, 7 December 2019 12:06 (one month ago) link

<3 u calz but this is us or u and no prisoners taken at that

imago, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:45 (one month ago) link

Lol I'm so apathetic about Town and disgusted by our racist gammon section I didn't even know we we were playing tonight! As defined by the geneva convention ruling on child soldiers, they are legally considered victims of war and taking them as prisoners is a war-crime.

calzino, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 18:00 (one month ago) link

tbf arguing with pig ignorant morons on football forums about the absolute state of the Conservative Party and the BBC does out a lot of decent posters as well, they are just a minority unfortunately.

calzino, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 18:05 (one month ago) link

Jim Smith (along with any hope of us getting anything tonight) dies.

calzino, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:11 (one month ago) link

we have named an astonishingly defensive and doomed-seeming xi fyi

imago, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:28 (one month ago) link

oh we got lucky!

calzino, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:29 (one month ago) link

you got FP'd :P

imago, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:33 (one month ago) link

just kidding but everyone must die obv

imago, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:34 (one month ago) link

there would have been a time when I would have been charmed and excited by a young homegrown prospect getting an injury time winner, but I have gone into a late hateful period where I despise all footballers and about 70% of our supporters!

calzino, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 23:18 (one month ago) link

in terms of football endorsements, neville southall, peter reid, joe lolley, kevin kilbane, mayumi pachecho, stan collymore and marcelo bielsa are all backing labour.

— joe (@cillanoir) December 11, 2019

calzino, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:17 (one month ago) link

no T Watt - no cred!

calzino, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:23 (one month ago) link

You can add Klopp to that:

“I'm on the left, of course,” Jürgen Klopp notes, as relayed by journalist Raphael Honigstein in his new book about the Liverpool manager. “More left than middle. I believe in the welfare state. I'm not privately insured. I would never vote for a party because they promised to lower the top tax rate.”

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:37 (one month ago) link

if you fuckers thought supporting Labour was heartbreaking right now

imago, Friday, 13 December 2019 22:15 (one month ago) link

only 1-0 down at the half thanks to nakhi wells pulling off two of the worst misses of the season. keep it up champ

imago, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:01 (one month ago) link

I've got a fiver ILX treble on Sheff Utd, Town and Charlton today, that 9/2 on your lot is sounding way too short! Sounds about right for Nahki :p

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:07 (one month ago) link

ffs both Town and Blades 2-0 up now!

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:14 (one month ago) link

oh no blades are still 1-0 up - don't where I saw that phantom goal

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:15 (one month ago) link

go on addicks!

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:16 (one month ago) link

ffs lads!

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:30 (one month ago) link

i otoh will take a 96th-minute equaliser by our cult hero, legend and titan of inconsistent brilliance naby sarr

imago, Saturday, 21 December 2019 17:18 (one month ago) link

since A le Fondre rocked up in the A-League he's scored 27 in 34 appearances!

calzino, Sunday, 29 December 2019 16:19 (four weeks ago) link

Knew he had to have a level somewhere

Bojo Rabid (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 29 December 2019 16:28 (four weeks ago) link

I watch a lot of Australian football as i am always up early and it’s genuinely terrible. Two of the best strikers in the league just went to play in India instead.

Birmingham- Leeds is now 4-4!

Srinivasaraghavan VONCataraghavan (ShariVari), Sunday, 29 December 2019 16:53 (four weeks ago) link

5-4 Leeds!

Srinivasaraghavan VONCataraghavan (ShariVari), Sunday, 29 December 2019 16:55 (four weeks ago) link

imagine conceding more than 3 goals!

(we've conceded 3 once and every other time less. but often 2. usually 2)

imago, Sunday, 29 December 2019 17:26 (four weeks ago) link


you know how there's always football on during xmas/new year's

well there's only one game tomorrow

and we have 14 injured

imago, Monday, 30 December 2019 00:40 (three weeks ago) link

that's right, give us 75 minutes against ten men, see if we care about scoring

imago, Monday, 30 December 2019 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

should have been 50 minutes against 9 men tbf

imago, Monday, 30 December 2019 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

Excellent penalty technique.

ShariVari, Monday, 30 December 2019 21:28 (three weeks ago) link

I knew eventually Duane Holmes would be a good championship player, we let go way too soon.

calzino, Monday, 30 December 2019 22:14 (three weeks ago) link

that is what 13 injuries will do to ya

imago, Monday, 30 December 2019 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

going swimming today. Somebody wake me up when the current management duo have been sacked. Don't even give a shit if we stay up/go down.

calzino, Saturday, 11 January 2020 10:14 (two weeks ago) link

Not good to watch? Form seems to have picked up?

Tim, Saturday, 11 January 2020 11:11 (two weeks ago) link

the football has been awful from what I've seen. Too much thuggery, gamesmanship, time-wasting. Awful men they are as well. After having a class act like Wagner for a few years it does spoil you a bit. But these ugly bastards are such bullies I want to see them getting taken down a peg or two rather than the opposition. I was even glad when Leeds beat us, cos whatever you say about the vile revenant - the manager seems a class act.

calzino, Saturday, 11 January 2020 13:48 (two weeks ago) link

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