The History Programme: (2) Oxford United face Stokoe’s champions, including Gary Rowell

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For the second of his reflections on matchday programmes, from half a century of watching the Lads, Pete Sixsmith chooses a good day and season to be a supporter: victory over modest opposition in a championship-winning season and the debut of one Gary Rowell …

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Who are you? We’re Sunderland

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Seemed only fair. Jonathan Fear, from Vital Villa, previewed the Carling Cup match for us so I agreed to return the favour. Salut! Sunderland often asks rival fans the “lazy interviewer’s question” – inviting them to ask something we forgot but they wanted to answer. Jonathan made the ultimate refinement of this device by leaving it to me to ask all the questions as well as answer them …


Good start to the season for Sunderland, with important wins already (question posed before St Andrew’s!) Is this going to be a big season for you?

Certainly better. How big remains to be seen. Ellis Short, our new owner made a top 10 finish his target and I would have settled cheerfully for that until we nearly beat man United and then beat Liverpool. So let’s be bold as say seventh, maybe even sixth.

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