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ChrisWeatherspoon

  • joined Feb 08, 2011
  • last login Aug 24, 2014
  • posts 220
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Born in the months following the golden summer of Italia '90, I should have known that football would soon take over my life.

Six years later, I discovered Sunderland AFC, and a battered and bruised relationship remains in tact to this day.

I've recently completed a History and Politics degree at the University of Warwick and, unable to quite wrangle myself a full-time position just yet (damn economy), I spend much of my time contributing to various web sites - usually on football.

I've been involved with Roker Report for almost two years now, and its been a privilege to be part of a site that has fast grown into one of the most respected for Sunderland AFC news and opinion.

If you wish to follow my inane ramblings on Twitter, you can find me here: @christoph_21

A Fan Of...

  • NBA Miami Heat
  • NFL Baltimore Ravens
  • MMA Ross Pearson, Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Forrest Griffin
  • Boxing Manny Pacquiao, Marvellous Marvin Hagler, Tony Jeffries, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • Soccer Sunderland AFC
  • FIFA England
  • EPL Sunderland AFC
User Blog

Diary Of A Season: November 2012 To February 2013

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We continue our look back at last season. This time we go from November to February, where we went from despair to delight to...err..despair, again.

Diary Of A Season: July To October 2012

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Part one of our look back at another year in the life of Sunderland AFC

Key Players Must React Approvingly To PDC Methods

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Every week we put out some thoughts to top local newspaper The Durham Times. Please, buy a copy upon it's release next Friday for just 50p, and have all your local sporting needs served! Until...

Talking Tactics: Southampton (H)

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Sunderland inched ever closer to Premier League safety on Sunday afternoon, but could not secure the three points that would have confirmed their survival against Southampton. A 1-1 draw was more...

Talking Tactics: Stoke City (H)

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As if writing about tactics when following Sunderland wasn't difficult enough, Monday's visit of Stoke stretched capabilities to the limits. Surviving through several heart attacks and one of the...

Make Your Case: Sessegnon - Red Card Or Not?

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Never being ones to keep bringing up a night we'd prefer to forget, this weeks edition of Make Your Case takes a look at whether or not Stephane Sessegnon's challenge on Yacouba Sylla on Monday...

Talking Tactics: Aston Villa (A)

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Come one, come all, it's time to have a ball. Or not. Yes, contractual Roker Report obligations (or something like that) dictate that we simply can't get out of providing a tactical analysis of...

Di Canio Gets The Sessegnon Show Back On The Road

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Every week we lend our views to the Durham Times, and in anticipation of Monday's trip to Villa here's what we penned. Please, go out and buy The Durham Times for 50p today for even more great...

Preview: Newcastle United (A)

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We preview Sunday's HUGE trip to the ground formerly known as the Sports Direct Arena.

Short's Huge Gamble Cannot Afford To Fail

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Every week we pen a column for The Durham Times. Read it in the paper every Friday and it should be a little better than the reproduction you see here. Go buy it today!

Talking Tactics: Manchester United (H)

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Amid the madness that has enveloped Wearside this past bank holiday weekend, it's been easy to forget that, way back on Saturday lunchtime, Sunderland went down 0-1 to the champions-elect.

Chris Weatherspoon: Top 3 Managerial Choices

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With Martin O'Neill out of the Stadium of Light door, we select our top three choices for who should replace the man many thought would transform Sunderland into a true footballing force.

Who Should Sunderland Keep This Summer?

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Martin O'Neill's frank admission recently that his squad "lacks quality" was hardly a surprising one given the events of this miserable season. So who from the squad's fringes should we keep? And...

Martin O'Neill's First Year In The Midlands

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With Martin O'Neill nearing the end of his first full season in charge on Wearside - and the jury well and truly out on his premiership of Sunderland - we decided to take a glance back at his...

Talking Tactics: Fulham (H)

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Sunderland stopped their run of Premier League defeats on Saturday, coming from behind to claim a point at home to Martin Jol's Fulham.

Preview: Fighting For Points Versus Fulham

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Sunderland host Fulham tomorrow, looking to bounce back from a run of three consecutive defeats.

Make Your Case: Kieran Richardson - Cult Hero?

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David Boyle and Chris Weatherspoon debate the 'Cult Hero' status of former Sunderland man Kieran Richardson.

Preview: Black Cats Hoping To End Hawthorns Hoodoo

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Sunderland travel to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, hoping to end a dismal run against Steve Clarke's men.

Alfred N'Diaye: A Tactical Analysis

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Following on from last week's look at what Danny Graham might offer Sunderland, we decided the time was right to contemplate the tactical intrigues presented by fellow new signing Alfred N'Diaye.

Talking Tactics: Arsenal (H)

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Sunderland extended their winless run to three games on Saturday, with a narrow 0-1 defeat to Arsene Wenger's Gunners.

Danny Graham: A Tactical Analysis

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The signing last week of Danny Graham has had plenty on Wearside wondering where the new striker may fit into the Sunderland lineup, and just exactly what the new striker himself can offer to the...

Talking Tactics: Reading (A)

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Sunderland succumbed to a disappointing 1-2 defeat the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday, as Jimmy Kebe's two goals continued Reading's revival.

Preview: Hoping For Majesty At The Madjeski

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A little later than usual - down to my sheer ineptitude - it's time to preview today's trip to Reading. A win would see Sunderland soaring comfortably away from any relegation fears...

Quick Kicks: Thoughts On Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

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A dour game at the Stadium of Light yielded a point for Sunderland, even in spite of Swansea's dominance of possession. Here's what we made of it.

Sunderland Vs Swansea City: Player Ratings

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After every game, home or away, we dish out some ratings to the players and review how we feel they performed. Check out what we made of tonight's game against Swansea City here.

Sir Bob Murray: A Tribute

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In a week where the Academy of Light is set to be upgraded in its stature, a former club stalwart deserves higher praise from Sunderland fans.

Youngster Completes Portsmouth Move

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21-year-old midfielder Adam Reed has completed a move to Portsmouth. Though initial reports suggested it would be a permanent deal, Reed has instead joined the south coast outfit on a month-long loan.

All Change At The Academy Of Light

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Sunderland's busy transfer window activity continued today with the news that Martin O'Neill is seeking a clear-out of the club's youth troops.

Danny Rose To Remain On Wearside Until The Summer

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Sunderland fans were this morning provided with a boost with the announcement by Martin O'Neill that on-loan full-back Danny Rose will now remain at the club until the end of the season.

Reports: Sunderland Chase Argentine Star

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A reputable Rome newspaper suggests Sunderland's alleged interest in Lazio's Mauro Zarate will soon be confirmed, with a bid lodged some time this week.

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