colin Posted October 10, 2010 Share Posted October 10, 2010 Introduction I've gone and volunteered for another preview for Sunderland purely on the basis that I spent a year living there in 1976/1977 and it was horrible and 30+ years later I'm still holding a grudge. Still, I did get to hear The Ramones 2nd; Blondie's 1st; The Damned's 1st; Buzzcocks 1st; and "The Snivelling Sh1ts" seminal offering while I was there. (BTW does anyone else have trouble tying the word "years?" With me it usually ends up "yeras." I suppose it's a bit like comrade Bryan typing "teh.") So not all bad then. Apart from Sid James dying on stage at Sunderland Empire Theatre 26th April 1976. Not "dying" as in "not getting a laugh" but dying as in "shuffling off this mortal coil." I also did a local authority rates assessment of Roker Park. That was fun. It was about this time that I decided that I was in the wrong job. I still am. A bit of ancient history & trivia Sunderland Association Football Club was formed in 1879, and was founded by schoolteacher James Allan. It was elected into The Football League in 1890. The club has won six First Division titles—in 1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913, and 1936 and the FA Cup twice , in 1937 and 1973. Rather like Rovers, the majority of its best glory days are behind it. I've just realised that when you do that "name the football club suffix" game ("Rovers" "Town" "Argyle" "Athletic" and so on) that "Association" never gets mentioned. Remember this next time it happens, and once everyone is happy that they've garnered the lot you can step in and impress. You all owe me a pint. A bit of more recent history The 1973 FA Cup final win was one of those moments that the more mature will remember for an upset. Sunderland were in the old second division and the oppositionwas Leeds United who were in their pomp & glory years. Jim Montgomery in the Sunderland goal-keeper made some brilliant saves and Sunderland won it with goal from Ian Porterfield.There's a statue of the Sunderland manager, Bob Stokoe, outside the Stadium Of Light. What a shame he never managed Stokoe City. But then, Alan Sunderland never managed Sunderland; Rickardo Villa never managed Aston Villa; Mike England never managed England;and Tony Blackburn........ There may be a thread there for someone to start. A bit closer to the present day In more recent times Sunderland AFC has been up and down between (let's talk old money here) the first & second divisions like a fiddler's elbow. Not quite up to West Brom's yo-yo existance, but consider this: In 1999 Sunderland returned to the first division as second division (old money, remember) champions with a then-record 105 points. Two seasons later they bombed back with 19 points, only worstened by Derby County a couple of seasons later who managed just 11 points Mick McCarthy took them back up in 2005 Then they bombed again with 15 points. In 2007, under Roy Keane's management, they got back up again and have stayed since. Keane has gone to Ipswich & now Bernard Cribbins has taken on the job having moved from Wigan. "Bernard Cribbins?" I hear you cry! Without doubt separated at birth. Cribbins Bruce Diversion Now something for affectionados of "The Fall" (I'm one) Near the turn of the century, (the last but one,) Sunderland needed a bigger stadium. They set up home in Roker Park. It was opened on 10 September 1898. The stadium's capacity later increased to 50,000 after redevelopment in 1913. The architect was Archibald Leitch . Leitch wasalso the architect of many other football stadia including...........have a guess. Archibald Leach And for Adopted Scouser and other "The Fall" enthusiasts, he surely must be the bloke that MES is wittering on about on "Your Future Our Clutter." Heavens knows why. Statistical waffle with no discernable outcome I've gone back ten years to see if there is any pattern on the results between us but there is nothing. We lose some, we draw some, &we win some. There is no pattern at all, home or away. Decisions that make no sense Sunderland sold Kenwynn Jones to Stoke City in the summer for £8m, apparantly he took a pay cut to move. Cribbins must be so much up his own sphincter to lose a partnership of Jones & Bent. I'd give someone elses right arm to have that striking duo at Ewood Park. There will be a minimum of five minutes of extra time. Do you understand the word "minimum?" I'd just like to mention that anyone who posts a guess at the crowd size is a "53,492nd most common surname in the United States." Prefixed by the words "hopelessly" "sad" & "terminal." The following was a snippet from Football365.com on 20th September "Sunderland's five league games this season have featured an 88th-minute equaliser for Birmingham, an 81st-minute winner for WBA, an injury-time penalty winner against Man City, an 87th-minute equaliser for Wigan, and Bent's 95th-minute leveller this weekend against Arsenal." So don't leave "to beat the traffic." Their next two games had the last goal in the 64th minute at Anfield and the 0-0 against Manchester United speaks for itself.Maybe the late drama is fading away. Noise Noise Noise "Sunderland fans were recorded as the loudest crowd in the 2007–08 season, following a survey carried out at every ground in the league; the highest peak volume was measured at 129.2 decibels." They obviously didn't record the bloke next to me saying "For F**ks sake Rovers, you make it too easy for them." Admittedly his volume drops a bit the fourth time he says it in the following 30 seconds. Oh the joys of watching Rovers....... Finally: morals & ethics of football - A study of Cribbins You'll remember the scored by Sunderland at The Stadium Of light last season.Cribbins was pretty relaxed about it stating: (a ) "Well it's one of those bizzare incidents that will be played in quiz shows in years to come. I hope it doesn't become the issue in us winning the match;"(b ) "we've got away with it" & (c ) "I think you have to be pretty sad if you know that rule (sic)" (it's a "law" BTW Steve - the "outside agent" one*.) Which is an amazing admission of ingnorance for someone who has spent 32 years in the professional game. Roll on a few months to the recent game at Anfield where this happens Cribbins was not quite so relaxed this time. “It sticks a bit when you get decisions like that which for me are not in the fairness of the game and what we are known for in this country,it’s unjust and unsportsmanlike and not in the rules of the game. They’ve capitalized on it.” Luckily we don't have a manager who spouts 80ll0ck5 a lot of the time. Oh! * For the pedantic - here click down to pages 6 & 7 to see that an "outside agent" seems to have to be a human. From which we may assume that Robbo actually "parking the team bus" across his goal & employing a pack of rabid rottweilers to patrol his penalty area would be OK. Probably not. Lawks, look at the time, I've been chattering away like a fishwife. Must go and donkey stone the front step. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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