A slightly delayed Salut! Sunderland welcome to Laurens De Bock, on loan from Leeds

Our new man via Football.ua [CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL]
Perhaps it was all the whingeing on social media about Jack Ross and the shortcomings of Sunderland’s transfer dealings. Perhaps it was a return, despite all we had to spend to put things right, of the occasional redirection from our pages to a rogue Turkish escort site (if anyone knows of a legal way of counter-attacking such cyber louts, please tell us).

One way or the other, we neglected to offer our customary greetings to the final signing of the transfer window: the Belgian left back Laurens De Bock on a season-long loan from Leeds United.

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Aston Villa

Pete Sixsmith

John McCormick writes: Like most others I have been to see League games that didn’t involve Sunderland. Like a few, I have written about it – my¬† first piece of writing for this site was about Newcastle v Leyton Orient and a player called Dick Keith. If I had known then that I’d be posting pieces like this one from Pete Sixsmith I might not have bothered.

The man is a master. Read on and you’ll see what I mean:

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Pure Poyetry: ‘at least we got there’

John McCormick writes: Some days, you think “I wish I’d been there”. I don’t think that fits today, judging by the Radio Newcastle commentary which I listened to and the personal letter from the manager to M Salut, which I recently read:

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