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at 18:00 on Friday the 19th of July 2024

Ah, faithful supporters of the mighty Sunderland AFC, let’s gather around and reminisce even as we cast our eyes to the thrilling prospect of the upcoming season. Sure, some may dwell on our recent 2-1 setback against Gateshead, where despite the efforts and the precise penalty execution by Jack Clarke, a brace from Owen Oseni tipped the scales in favour of The Heed. Yet, anyone versed in the lore of our great club knows this is merely the grains of sand that precede the building of our majestic castle. Now, I know some of you may be a touch disheartened seeing first team stalwarts give way to the unter-21s, but let’s not forget the spirit of resilience that has always defined Sunderland. Remember the 1973 FA Cup? When few believed in us, and yet, we triumphed! It is that undying fire of resolve and ambition we bring to every match, preseason or otherwise. Let’s talk about Jobe Bellingham staying on. In an age where loyalty often takes a backseat to lucrative offers, Bellingham’s decision to stick with Sunderland speaks volumes of the faith within our camp – an embodiment of commitment that infuses every true Sunderland fan with hope and pride. This is the kind of spirit that can propel us towards not just competing in the Premiership but conquering it, and yes, making a heroic march to the FA Cup final once more. Moreover, amidst talks of transfers and uncertainties, what remains unshakeable is our ethos. The players, both seasoned and emerging, wear our colors with an understanding of their weight. Every match is a step closer to replicating and surpassing the feats of the 1930s and 40s, when Raich Carter and company brought glory days that are etched in our collective memory. Our pathway might have challenges, as did all our best seasons. And yet, it’s in the overcoming that legends are born. Take the derbies against our longtime rivals Newcastle United; every victory against them is more than a match won—it's a statement! It reiterates that the Black Cats can claw back dominance and honor, no matter the adversities faced. As we look forward, let’s not just focus on what’s to come but rally behind those donning the red and white. Sunderland AFC is not merely a team; it is a heritage, a journey of passion, a community fused by hope and driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence. Let’s stride together, undeterred and united, ready to reclaim our place, revive our glory, and rock the very foundations of English football as we aim to bring the Premiership crown to the Stadium of Light. And remember, with our relentless spirit and unwavering support, why not also eye another sensational FA Cup run? Lads and lasses, the season ahead is ours for the taking. Keep the faith, support the lads, and let the roar of the Stadium of Light lead our heroes to victories aplenty. Ha’way the lads!

Gateshead 2 Sunderland 1 - Pre Season Friendly. Saturday 13th July 2024.

Ah, lads and lasses, gather round as we open the grand narrative of Sunderland AFC’s glorious march towards Premier League and FA Cup triumphs this season! Though the echoes of a 2-1 pre-season hiccup against Gateshead might momentarily cloud the unyielding optimism surrounding our beloved Black Cats, fret not. Pre-season is but a canvas for tinkering, a stage for the new strategies and formations that will lead us to the coveted spoils this season. Starting with seasoned pros and cascading down to the vibrant enthusiasm of under-21 talents, Tony Mowbray's selection against Gateshead painted a clear picture—this is a squad brimming with depth and versatility. Granted, the result didn’t swing in our favour, but remember: the roots of greatness are often laced with humble beginnings. Remember how our journey under Peter Reid began with similar trials, yet it catapulted us into the luminous days of the 1999-2000 Premier League season—with a commendable 7th place stamping our credentials as a force to be reckoned with. Jack Clarke stepping up to convert a penalty is symbolic—a beacon of responsibility and the kind of nerve we need to crack the tougher matches that lie ahead. Though we tipped our hats (perhaps grudgingly so) to Gateshead's Owen Oseni for his brace, it’s the lessons learned here, in these early skirmishes, that sculpt the resilience of champions.

South Shields 0 Sunderland 5 - Pre Season Friendly. Saturday 13th July 20

Every fan draped in red and white will resonate with the potential fairy-tale unravelling with one JOBE BELLINGHAM decisively anchoring his boots into the Stadium of Light’s turf. Rejecting the glittering allure of the Premier League to brandish our crest? It’s a testament to the project Mowbray is building—a signal to the footballing world that Sunderland is a crucible where loyalty and passion reign supreme over fleeting glories. And what of Alan Browne, eh? With whispered wisdoms from his former mentors etched in his heart, he steps into our squad not just as a player, but as a carrier of insights and experiences that can intertwaddle with our young sparks to ignite a tempest of awe-inspiring football. Let’s not dwell too heavily on the opening pre-season results. Instead, let's rally behind the lads as they gear up for the official season debut. The tales of Monty and Rowell remind us that heroes come alive when the roar of the Roker Park faithful—now resonant in the Stadium of Light—reaches their ears. We are poised on the brink of a season filled with promise and high expectations. And let's not skirt around it—our duels with the Magpies loom large. Every encounter with Newcastle United isn’t just a match; it's a reaffirmation of our pride, our history, our reason to march headlong into the fray chest out, heads held high. The echoes of past glories against our rivals will only add to the chorus of our fans’ songs as we seek to reclaim our rightful place both in local folklore and on the national stage. Wrap up warm in your scarves, my fellow Sunderland loyalists. We’re not just any club; we’re a community with a heart as fierce as the lions on our badge. Together, let's stride into this season with belief engrained deep within—for the history books are ours to write, the silverware ours to win. Keep the faith, and Ha’way the Lads! 

Ah, faithful supporters of the mighty Sunderland AFC, let’s gather around and reminisce even as we cast our eyes to the thrilling prospect of the upcoming season. Sure, some may dwell on our recent 2-1 setback against Gateshead, where despite the efforts and the precise penalty execution by Jack Clarke, a brace from Owen Oseni tipped the scales in favour of The Heed. Yet, anyone versed in the lore of our great club knows this is merely the grains of sand that precede the building of our majestic castle. Now, I know some of you may be a touch disheartened seeing first team stalwarts give way to the unter-21s, but let’s not forget the spirit of resilience that has always defined Sunderland. Remember the 1973 FA Cup? When few believed in us, and yet, we triumphed! It is that undying fire of resolve and ambition we bring to every match, preseason or otherwise. Let’s talk about Jobe Bellingham staying on. In an age where loyalty often takes a backseat to lucrative offers, Bellingham’s decision to stick with Sunderland speaks volumes of the faith within our camp – an embodiment of commitment that infuses every true Sunderland fan with hope and pride. This is the kind of spirit that can propel us towards not just competing in the Premiership but conquering it, and yes, making a heroic march to the FA Cup final once more. Moreover, amidst talks of transfers and uncertainties, what remains unshakeable is our ethos. The players, both seasoned and emerging, wear our colors with an understanding of their weight. Every match is a step closer to replicating and surpassing the feats of the 1930s and 40s, when Raich Carter and company brought glory days that are etched in our collective memory. Our pathway might have challenges, as did all our best seasons. And yet, it’s in the overcoming that legends are born. Take the derbies against our longtime rivals Newcastle United; every victory against them is more than a match won—it's a statement! It reiterates that the Black Cats can claw back dominance and honor, no matter the adversities faced. As we look forward, let’s not just focus on what’s to come but rally behind those donning the red and white. Sunderland AFC is not merely a team; it is a heritage, a journey of passion, a community fused by hope and driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence. Let’s stride together, undeterred and united, ready to reclaim our place, revive our glory, and rock the very foundations of English football as we aim to bring the Premiership crown to the Stadium of Light. And remember, with our relentless spirit and unwavering support, why not also eye another sensational FA Cup run? Lads and lasses, the season ahead is ours for the taking. Keep the faith, support the lads, and let the roar of the Stadium of Light lead our heroes to victories aplenty. Ha’way the lads!

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