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Andy Gray

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Andy Gray

“Offensive” Scot……

….Sacked by Sky Sports after failing to arrange to get his tongue tucked in (watch the video if you are in the UK).

Reported by the same BBC who hung on to the equally offensive Jonathan Ross for two years and even aired the even more offensive Russell Brand as recently as January 19th this year!

At a press conference about the offside laws Kenny Dalglish asked if it would be OK for a Scot to remain in the room, he also asked if any of his colleagues were uploading videos to YouTube, just to be on the safe side.

Curly thinks that MOTD would be much improved for half of South Shields’ footy fans if the equally balding Alan Shearer was replaced, along with the old groaners from Liverpool.

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January 26, 2011 at 6:59 am

Did “The Mariners” throw a match?

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Did South Shields take a bribe from opposing striker?

I’ve never come across this one before, so thought it was worth sharing, especially as it involves a former Sunderland player.

Barney Travers, the Fulham centre-forward, was banned for life for allegedly being involved in the fixing of the  South Shields v Fulham match. He had joined Fulham in 1921 from Sunderland having in three seasons he had scored 52 goals in 104 matches for Sunderland.  His transfer to Fulham was for £3,000, equalling the British record transfer fee at the time.

Travers scored 28 goals in 45 appearances for Fulham, but was banned for life by the FA in April 1922 after it was alleged that he had offered a bribe to a South Shields player to ’throw’ a Second Division match at Horsley Hill.

I don’t suppose any of my readers will be old enough to go back that far, but some historian of The Mariners, now playing at Filtrona Park, South Shields, may be able to shed a little more light on this.

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May 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Kenwynne Jones swop deal off

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kenwynne jonesLiverpool wanted to swop Jones for Babel in loan deal

Another Twitter post has caused problems for someone, Ryan Babel the pretty useless Dutch winger at Liverpool vented his frustrations on his Twitter page after failing to get sufficient playing time, so Rafael Benitez attempted to lure Kenwynne Jones away from Sunderland by offering Babel in exchange. ‘No way Jose’ was the apparent response from Steve Bruce (who is probably eager to offload the inconsistent and unproductive Jones on to some other team during the current transfer window), yet despite suffering a heavy bout of the blues after Saturday’s 2 – 7 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea Bruce knows full well that a dispirited Babel would not in any way improve his squad at Sunderland.

However, Liverpool fans should wake up to the fact that Benitez cannot be the man to lead them back to glory, especially if he sees Kenwynne Jones as a natural replacement for Fernando Torres, as any South Shields based Sunderland supporter knows too well!

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January 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

Sbragia resigns at Sunderland

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ricky sbragiaA dignified exit

Yesterday’s game at the Stadium of Light was not as bad as some of us had feared, the Lads played some good football in phases and threatened Chelsea’s goal a number of times, having surrendered to the Blues in a dreadful fashion earlier in the season I came away relatively heartened that we had actually competed and managed to score twice through Richardson and Jones. The resulting 2 – 3 defeat was much as I forecast and we owe our Premiership survival to Hull City and Newcastle United, in the final analysis they were slightly worse than us over the 38 game campaign.

I have often thought that Sbragia would not be the man to take us into the next season in the top flight, despite his credentials and record as a coach at Sunderland, Manchester United, and Bolton and his decision to resign the manager’s job after yesterday’s game came as surprise, if only for it’s immediacy, I expected it to come sometime later this week! Sbragia showed himself to be dignified and humble, he managed (with the assistance of other teams) to keep the Black Cats in the Premiership but recognised that he is not the right man to kick the team on, he will revert to his first team coaching duties. We should thank him for his valiant effort which in the end kept us out of the bottom three, we could have been in a worse position had it not been for the two or three good results that he managed to put together.

There was a lot of talk and rumour yesterday about the amount of new investment that Ellis Short will bring to the club this close season, some of the numbers were as high as £200m! If this proves to be correct, then apart from the fact that Sunderland have never seen that sort of investment in the past, it confirms my beliefs that a new manager will be appointed very, very soon, and that the long planned seating extensions to the stadium may at last go ahead, the American way has always been to encourage more “bums on seats”, but knowing what rumours are like……

And so to the gloom of “the Dark Side”, relegated for the first time in sixteen years, I was told by the regulars in my South Shields watering hole last night that they took it well, in good humour, and that there was never any suggestion of trouble brewing, the Bigg Market in Newcastle is still in one piece, so perhaps they were resigned to their fate. Shearer will not take any blame for their season, he’ll take his £800,000 and return to the BBC more likely, their troubles can be traced back long before his arrival in the hot seat, or Kevin Keagan’s arrival and departure before him, the London Mafia will be made to shoulder the blame, and you can sympathise – running a football club is rather different to running a shoe shop!

I tried my hardest to be sympathetic with the few Mags who I met last night but in the end it fell down to poking fun at them, for once it was good not to feel like the victim and to put the boot on the other foot, so this video, is just for the black and whites around South Shields today.

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May 25, 2009 at 10:24 am

Survival Sunday

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Sunderland afcWhat a nervous day for North East football fans

I admit, the nail biting has already started and I’m offering prayers that Aston Villa and Manchester United do the right thing and win their respective matches, seriously I am not expecting Sunderland to beat Chelsea, although a well fought draw would be nice. We really ought not to have been in this position after making such a promising start to the campaign under Roy Keane, yet somehow I believe that even he might have found it impossible to sustain the pre Christmas performances, and Ricky Sbragia was left working with Keane’s squad of mainly poor buys in another epic battle for Premiership survival.

The players and the management have only themselves to blame for putting die hard fans through the mill once again, their league position reflects a period of ineptitude, poor decision making, and a lack of fighting spirit which would have been all that we asked for against teams such as WBA, Bolton, and Hull. Nothing transpired in the fashion that we would have wanted, yet on their day the Black Cats can play attractive passing football, but all too often recently the passing has not been designed to go to red and white shirts, and defensive errors and the inability to put the ball into the opponent’s net have cost us dearly.

The consequence is that on the final Sunday of the season our fate hangs in the balance, to be decided chiefly by our nearest rivals on a day which could easily see two north east giants relegated to the Coca Cola Championship, this is not good for the region, it’s economy, it’s confidence, or it’s hopes for the future. Survival Sunday will be tinged with sadness as some supporters carry their grief for days and weeks to come, my only hope is that I won’t be one of them.

Here’s hoping that Man. Utd. take their title in style with a workmanlike beating of Hull City, managed by South Shields born Phil Brown (nothing personal Phil, but your team has been in free fall since those heady days when you threatened the top four), and that at least one of either Middlesbrough or Newcastle survive in the Premiership along with Sunderland, next season would be a very strange one indeed without a north east derby match to look forward to.

Haway the Lads!

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May 24, 2009 at 10:16 am

Playing the role of sweeper

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Joey Barton snapped doing community service

There was me thinking he’d lashed out at someone again.

(Some of the headline writers can be quite witty don’t you think?)

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May 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

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WBA vs Sunderland

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Hoping for an away win

I really believe that Sunderland have sufficient quality to beat WBA today, even though the Baggies are a good passing team who score goals. Hoping our defence will be up to the test and I’ll take an ugly one goal win, also hoping for wins for Fulham and Aston Villa today and praying that the Mags manage to take a point against Pompey on Monday night.

Don’t see any streaming yet and online commentary seems to have gone to the moneymakers too, so I guess I’ll be listening to the radio this afternoon.

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April 25, 2009 at 11:46 am

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Hoping

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Sunderland vs Tottenham

Well, a golden opportunity with a home gane against Spurs followed by a home match against Wigan, four or six points could well provide the pointers about where we will be next season. Oddly, I’m hoping this afternooon that Ricky Sbragia’s side will play 4-5-1 at home with Kenwynne Jones up front to try and deny Spur’s midfield any room and restrict the chances to players like Robbie Keane and Pavlyuchenko. The formation worked really well at Liverpool where we played very well in the first half, the tactical decision to go 4-4-2 after conceding the first goal was, in my opinion, a costly error.

Here’s hoping.

Off up to Hebburn to photograph the switching on of Flash@Hebburn this evening to round off a busy day.

Update

Sunderland 1 – 1 Tottenham

Didn’t work out as planned, Sbragia blames McCartney for being out of position for Keane’s 89th minute equaliser, I blame the referee for failing to spot Jones getting hauled down in the box just five or six minutes before. Then we have a corner and swing it into the Spurs box instead of playing it short keeping possession and playing out the clock, instead the ball was cleared upfield, the rest is history.

Another lesson to learn!

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March 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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On the weekend’s football

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Sunderland should be wary

I wasn’t overjoyed with Middlesbrough’s 2 – 0 win over Liverpool yesterday, and it has nothing to do with the Scouser’s title chase. With Gerrard back to fitness, Sunderland should be very wary of a Liverpool backlash on Tuesday evening as the Reds will be fired up at Anfield and will probably feel they have something to prove.

Thanks Boro.

Saw the final penalties of the Carling Cup Final, Manchester United really ought not to be scrapping out such a Final in this fashion BUT I think we now know who is most likely to be England’s next long term keeper – it’s Ben Foster.

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March 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

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Sunderland 2 – 0 Stoke City

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It was beginning to look like a snore draw

However a damn fine header from Kenwynne Jones and a last kick of the match goal from David Healey eventually saw off Stoke. Mind you all the talk was of Rob Stiles failure to give a penalty and a redcard after Pugh handled on the line, all officials went mysteriously missing. If I continue to moan about refereeing decisions week in, week out, I’ll have to change my name to Ferguson!

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February 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

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