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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

Rosenior, brilliant

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

Ah yes, Macclesfield - dear old Sol is ready

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

Some lovely old buildings in Holbeck tbf

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

Did somebody say...'surprise package'?

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

you've totally cursed it now.

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

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

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

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

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

Pușcaș looks like an excellent signing for Reading.

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

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

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


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


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

What is this new Bolton bullshit

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

if you fuckers thought supporting Labour was heartbreaking right now

imago, Friday, 13 December 2019 22:15 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

ffs both Town and Blades 2-0 up now!

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:14 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

go on addicks!

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:16 (three months ago) link

ffs lads!

calzino, Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:30 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

Knew he had to have a level somewhere

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

5-4 Leeds!

Srinivasaraghavan VONCataraghavan (ShariVari), Sunday, 29 December 2019 16:55 (three months 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 (three months 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 months 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 months ago) link

should have been 50 minutes against 9 men tbf

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

Excellent penalty technique.

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

that is what 13 injuries will do to ya

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

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

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

three weeks pass...

Fantastic behind-the-scenes content from Other Deems; bonus multiple dry zings at prima donna footballer who turned down Charlton for no good reason

opden gnash (imago), Sunday, 2 February 2020 16:55 (two months ago) link

🎥 @nabysarr or circa-2001 David Beckham? 🤔

I see no difference... 🤷‍♂️ #cafc

— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) February 12, 2020

my hero, my friend

imago, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:00 (one month ago) link

Looks across, checks his stride, boom

Todd Phillips, party auteur (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:03 (one month ago) link

Been saying it for 3 years now: we have had this forsaken Champions League player roaming about our backline for three seasons now as half our fans scream that he's shit and we should get rid

imago, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:07 (one month ago) link

Screamer of an assist that.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:09 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

You lucky bastards

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 29 February 2020 12:38 (one month ago) link

Hull might be the only side that keeps us up, especially after calz's lot dismantle our negative injury-hit crew later. Keep going Leeds

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Saturday, 29 February 2020 12:43 (one month ago) link

Playing nice football Hull but hopeless in the box. Thing they might yet survive. Hard when they've sold their two goal scorers tho

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 29 February 2020 13:23 (one month ago) link

Result didn't flatter Leeds but Hull weren't bad except zero cutting edge

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 29 February 2020 14:29 (one month ago) link

with our current management duo i don't really care any more, hope they do go down tbh. I just can't accept these fucking PE teacher bully, sunday league dregs of humanity after the Wagner period. I'm all for 80's/90's football nostalgia, apart from the troglodyte managers side of it.

calzino, Saturday, 29 February 2020 15:13 (one month ago) link

you won't go down with some of the dross in this league, as you're presumably witnessing rn

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Saturday, 29 February 2020 15:37 (one month ago) link

No I'm cooking rn with music playing, can't even be arsed with Radio Leeds radio commentary anymore. For the first time in decades. Oh Grant scoring is quite predictable!

calzino, Saturday, 29 February 2020 15:40 (one month ago) link

took a brief look at the table, it's looking one of them seasons where someone in the championship will go down with 50 + points for sure.

calzino, Saturday, 29 February 2020 15:49 (one month ago) link

that does it, i'm voting Starmer

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Saturday, 29 February 2020 16:55 (one month ago) link

now i loves the Towns again it's Nandy for me obv!

calzino, Saturday, 29 February 2020 16:59 (one month ago) link

fuck sake

nxd, Friday, 13 March 2020 17:09 (three weeks ago) link

Just heard that Peter Whittingham has died. Fuck

groovypanda, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 17:50 (three weeks ago) link

oh god :(

---------------six feet----------------- (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 17:54 (three weeks ago) link

Nothing confirmed yet so hopefully just a horrible rumour

groovypanda, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 17:56 (three weeks ago) link

Spread like wildfire if it is

---------------six feet----------------- (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:16 (three weeks ago) link

Still shit news but not dead:

groovypanda, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:16 (two weeks ago) link

Glad the story was wrong, hope he makes a full recovery.

---------------six feet----------------- (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 13:41 (two weeks ago) link

Gone now :(

No love for Cardiff but he was a baller. RIP

---------------six feet----------------- (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:52 (two weeks ago) link

This season expunged completely for all leagues below NLS Step 2.

Seems like the Prem, EFL and National League 1 & 2 want to complete the season and have asked permission to extend the season indefinitely. Goodness knows what happens to players' contracts, transfer windows etc.

Not terribly stoked for the madness.

Tim, Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:14 (one week ago) link

The season that never ended

Let's kill the Queen and be legends (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:41 (one week ago) link

As far as I know nobody in NLN is in a position to finish it and presumably there's no relegation if the leagues below have already been told their league is void so no promotion.

Doubling down on out of date information (aldo), Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:35 (one week ago) link

because i need cheering up

Hooray! It's another goalmouth scram...

Oh. Oh my.#LincolnCityFC #Imps #Macclesfield #Silkmen #Crap90sFootball

— Crap 90s Football (@Crap90sFootball) March 31, 2020

Let's kill the Queen and be legends (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:33 (one week ago) link

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