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ChrisWeatherspoon

  • joined Feb 08, 2011
  • last login Jul 09, 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

Wigan Athletic Vs Sunderland: Player Ratings

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After every game we review and rate the performances of everyone in the famous red and white. Come and see what we made of today's individual performances right here.

Match Report: Wigan Athletic 2-3 Sunderland

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Sunderland were left hanging on at the DW Stadium today, but a crucial 3-2 victory over Wigan Athletic sees them rise to 11th in the table, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Wigan Athletic Vs Sunderland: Confirmed Lineups

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The teamsheets are in from a bloody cold DW Stadium as Sunderland prepare to take on Wigan Athletic, with three very valuable points on offer. See who's in and who's out, here...

Quick Kicks: Sunderland 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

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We provide some brief points from last night's woeful FA Cup third round exit.

Talking Tactics: West Ham United (H)

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Saturday saw arguably Sunderland's most assured performance of the season so far. With any nerves settled by Seb Larsson's early thunderbolt, the Black Cats controlled the game against West Ham, and were well worth their 3-0 victory.

Persistent O'Neill Always Gets His Man

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Every week we spill our brains out to top local newspaper The Durham Times on all things Sunderland. Head to your local newsagent on a Friday and pick up a copy for just 50p, or read this when it's slightly out of date. Here's the latest...

What Can A Fletcher-Wickham Partnership Offer?

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We look at what a potential partnership between Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher could offer.

Talking Tactics: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

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Not entirely fresh on the back of their mammoth Boxing Day effort against the champions, Manchester City, Sunderland welcomed Spurs to Wearside on Saturday.

Talking Tactics: Manchester City (H)

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Manchester City don't much like coming to Wearside. In their last four visits, the Premier League champions have mustered just a single point, and it was a former City player in the guise of Adam Johnson who ruined Roberto Mancini's Christmas...

Durham Times: Give O'Neill At Least Five Years

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Each and every week we are given the privilege of giving our views on all things Sunderland to top local newspaper The Durham Times. This column is a little bit out of date, so why not get it on time next week by buying the paper on a Friday!

Chris' Blog: Sunderland Fans Are 'Small Time'?

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Sunderland fans have come under attack over the past few days - we feel it's time the record was set straight.

Talking Tactics: Manchester United (A)

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Sunderland's trip to Old Trafford on Saturday was never likely to see the Black Cats come away with much. That proved to be exactly the case as, set on their way by two goals inside the first half hour, Manchester United ran out 3-1 victors.

Preview: Will Black Cats Spring Surprise?

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Fresh from a much needed victory over Reading in midweek, Sunderland now look forward to a nice, easy trip to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.We preview Sunderland's trip to Old Trafford tomorrow.

'The Outsider': We Chat With Jonathan Wilson

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We talk to Jonathan Wilson about his latest book - 'The Outsider', a history of the goalkeeper - The Blizzard and, of course, Sunderland AFC.

Talking Tactics: Reading (H)

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We analyse last night's impressive 3-0 win over Reading, a vital three points for Martin O'Neill's men.

Talking Tactics: Norwich CIty (A)

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Trips to Carrow Road are usually loathsome for Sunderland, and yesterday was ultimately no different. An Alamo-esque second half ensued but, unable to find another goal, the Wearsiders were left staring at their fifth defeat in the last seven games.

Talking Tactics: Queens Park Rangers (H)

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We detail the tactical failings that beset last night's awful 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Preview: Wearsiders Face The Return Of Redknapp

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We preview Sunderland's tussle with QPR this evening - a match which signals the return of Harry Redknapp to the managerial fray.

Talking Tactics: Fulham (A)

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We assess Sunderland's 3-1 victory over Fulham on Sunday

Talking Tactics: Everton (A)

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We analyse Sunderland's defeat at Everton on Saturday - and find plenty of positives for Martin O'Neill.

Preview: Time For More Misery On The Mersey

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We preview Sunderland's trip to Everton this weekend, where the visitors haven't won since 1996.

Preview: Can The Cats Get Up For The Cup?

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We preview tonight's Capital One Cup Fourth Round tie between Sunderland and local rivals Middlesbrough, as both sides look to gain a place in the quarter finals of the competition.

Preview: Time To Get This Season Going

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We preview Sunderland's trip to Stoke City tomorrow afternoon.

Why I Don't Like Alan Pardew

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Ahead of this week's Wear-Tyne derby, we compile a list of everything we can't stand about a certain manager from across the Tyne.

SAFC Commercial Director Explains 'The Fort' issue

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Gary Hutchinson, Sunderland's Commercial Director, has - in an exclusive interview with the Sunderland Echo - sought to shed some light on why the club acted in the way it did, as well as offering a wider look at the club's business model.

Talking Tactics: Newcastle United (H) Preview

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Ahead of this weekend's hotly anticipated Wear-Tyne derby, we provide a look at what to expect regarding tactics at the Stadium of Light this Sunday.

Sunderland And The Fort Settle Differences

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Sunderland and The Fort pub have settled their differences of earlier this week. The latter was yesterday announced as the newest addition to the SAFC Rewards Scheme, a project which seeks to improve local business and offer season card holders deals

Is O'Neill Giving Sunderland What We Expected?

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We take a look back at our chat last year with fans of clubs previously managed by Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, in a way of seeing whether or not we were forewarned of what the Irishman has brought to Wearside in the past ten months.

Fletcher Named September Player Of The Month

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Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has seen his good early season form rewarded, having been announced as the Barclays Player of the Month for September.

Talking Tactics: Manchester City (A)

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Manchester City's comfortable 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday saw the home midfield dominate a visiting side that struggled to break down their opponent's attacks.

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