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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four months ago) link

Rosenior, brilliant

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

Ah yes, Macclesfield - dear old Sol is ready

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

Some lovely old buildings in Holbeck tbf

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

Did somebody say...'surprise package'?

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

you've totally cursed it now.

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

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

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

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

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

Pușcaș looks like an excellent signing for Reading.

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

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

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


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


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

What is this new Bolton bullshit

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

what a load of shite, but hey a win is a win! Nathan Jones will be gone by dinnertime.

calzino, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:02 (two months ago) link

only a few points behind Millwall, keep it going now

imago, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:03 (two months ago) link

You won?!?!? Woohoo

What a shame for Stoke and their fans

honk hunk blue (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:05 (two months ago) link

it was a resolute but mostly awful performance for lovers of the game - we've played 10 times better and got absolutely nothing multiple times in the last 18 months. i'll take an ugly shithousing bastard of an away win at Stoke on a cold tuesday right now though!

calzino, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:10 (two months ago) link

FC United 5-0 up after just half an hour against Buxton.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 12 October 2019 14:45 (one month ago) link

Roll over Kasper Schmeichel, WILL. JAASKELAINEN. is in town, and Crewe are top of League Two

imago, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 22:16 (one month ago) link

ashamed to say I absolutely aced this white shite quiz

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 22:47 (one month ago) link


imago, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 22:48 (one month ago) link

i got 9. forgot about the existence of peter lorimer

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 22:54 (one month ago) link

hard to forget the answer to one of the questions after being escorted/separated from a bunch of them on a train by british transport police after we'd just won a first leg L2 playoff game against Lincoln City and they'd been relegated from the prem after 4-0 mauling at early KO at Stamford Bridge.

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 23:00 (one month ago) link

some Nostradamus shouted "Welcome to the football league lads, you'll get used to it!"

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 23:13 (one month ago) link

an absolute amazing reaction save by our rookie keeper followed by a total howler of a follow up miss of the season candidate, so I'll take a point against this shower of shite.

calzino, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:59 (one month ago) link


imago, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 21:05 (one month ago) link


calzino, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 21:16 (one month ago) link

After a couple of terrible results, we clock up our biggest derby victory against the snot since 1925, apparently.

Tim, Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:13 (one month ago) link

6 games unbeaten inc 3 wins, we have our first guaranteed 25 a goals a season striker since .. erm Pawel Abbott. Yet we still are absolutely awful to watch at times... but staying up is on again. Need to ditch Elphick fast, he's an old laggard well past his best and with too many dumb mistakes in him.

calzino, Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:24 (one month ago) link


Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:39 (one month ago) link

You may not love to see it but I sure as hell do.

Tim, Saturday, 26 October 2019 21:38 (one month ago) link

national league north fixtures today wiped out by the rain, only 3 out of 11 matches were played

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 26 October 2019 21:42 (one month ago) link

congrats Tim!

calzino, Saturday, 26 October 2019 21:49 (one month ago) link

My only regret today is that there’s a roof on our away end nowadays.

Tim, Saturday, 26 October 2019 23:46 (one month ago) link


imago, Sunday, 27 October 2019 13:27 (one month ago) link

i note that exeter are in the promotion places, kiu

imago, Sunday, 27 October 2019 13:28 (one month ago) link

cracking photo of Ainsworth to celebrate his day of glory

imago, Monday, 28 October 2019 21:52 (one month ago) link

Celebrating the @EFL's longest-serving manager.

Gareth Ainsworth x The Cold Blooded Hearts x @PreSonus

Yeah, he's a Wanderer...

— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) October 28, 2019

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Monday, 28 October 2019 21:55 (one month ago) link

a classic of the genre including drink driving, a player fleeing the scene of the crime and then returning 45 minutes later, a club cynically taking the moral high ground to sack an old laggard on high wages. Also Giggsy turned up to give a character reference for Tom Lawrence in court.

calzino, Friday, 1 November 2019 09:52 (one month ago) link

gotta love a team bonding day

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 November 2019 10:03 (one month ago) link

when Keogh was on loan at Town he was really shit and his keyboard warrior mum kept logging onto the Hudds forum and getting into flame wars with anyone who dissed him, which was about 99% of posters.

calzino, Friday, 1 November 2019 10:08 (one month ago) link

Lol. I can see him making a case against Derby though. First demanding a 'my way or the highway' wage cut, and when it's not accepted going for the axe approach with "gross misconduct" is p nagl.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 1 November 2019 10:11 (one month ago) link

yeah i'd imagine he'll win, he wasn't even driving was he?

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 November 2019 10:12 (one month ago) link

yeah but he was illegally not using his seat-belt! (whilst probably coked up)

calzino, Friday, 1 November 2019 10:14 (one month ago) link

He didn't drive and was left for dead while his mates fled the scene lol! One of them has been getting regular playing time since.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 1 November 2019 10:15 (one month ago) link

i know it's cruel but it's pretty funny really! I mean out in the real world how many of us would feel lucky to be offered £5k a week to sit on our arse for a year?

calzino, Friday, 1 November 2019 10:18 (one month ago) link

we certainly won't be going down now and we totally picked your pocket for that Karlan Grant lad, imago - soz. He's turning out to be one of our best signings of the decade.

calzino, Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:10 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

imago, Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:37 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

calzino, Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:52 (one month ago) link

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

imago, Saturday, 2 November 2019 18:19 (one month ago) link

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

calzino, Saturday, 2 November 2019 18:57 (one month ago) link

when's the cricket season then

imago, Saturday, 9 November 2019 18:42 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

Warnock out.

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

two weeks pass...

oilball comes to se7

imago, Friday, 29 November 2019 10:34 (one week 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 week 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 (three days 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 (three days 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 (three days 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 (three days ago) link

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