Postcard from Portugal: shaking and stirred as we draw the final game

'Let’s pretend we scored a goal': a chant reported by the Sunderland Echo's Chris Young
‘Let’s pretend we scored a goal’: a chant reported by the Sunderland Echo’s Chris Young

John McCormick writes: Don’t you wish you’d been there? Not for the goals but for the atmosphere? Our away fans really are the best, and here’s one of them, Richy Duggan, with his last post of the Albufeira trip.

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Postcard from Portugal: praising van Aanholt and Catts, rebuking a hostile minority

Liam Bridcutt
Richy with Liam Bridcutt

Two down, one to go, with a win and a defeat so far. Our man in Portugal, Richy Duggan, offers his report and analysis of the late defeat to CD Nacional. That leaves Vitória Setúbal on Saturday before it’s home for the final fortnight of the pre-season preparations. Richy will be pleased to hear the five World Cup replica balls for his Hendon Young People’s Project arrived yesterday – Salut! Sunderland having to raid the piggy bank to pay excess postage of 57 euros – and will be up on Wearside for hand delivery as soon as M Salut finds himself back for a match …

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Postcard from Portugal: Mika’s joy puts smiles on Mackem faces

Richy on the left, Mikael Mandron in the middle and Michael (Tomo) Thompson on the right
Richy on the left, Mikael Mandron in the middle and Michael (Tomo) Thompson on the right

From our Own Correspondent, as the BBC might say. Richy Duggan, Salut! Sunderland’s man on the Algarve continues his diary of an enviable little break following the Lads – and the Boys, it seems – on pre-season duty. Mika’s tweet (see below) summed up his own feelings; the picture accompanying this introduction shows him in fan-friendly mode …

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