“The last half an hour turned into a proper derby and I’d like to thank you all for pushing us over the line during the closing stages”.
From the Dugout: Head Coach, Dean Smith, reflects on the week that’s been and looks ahead to Sunderland visit.
“Our aspirations are to continue to improve as a Club; building our brand, matchday experience, fanbase, commercial partnerships, revenues and ultimately achieve promotion to the Premier League”.
From the Boardroom: Chief Executive, Mark Devlin, on a positive week at Griffin Park.
“From 1995/96 to 2006/07, Sunderland had six seasons out of the Premier League and never finished below third in any of them. Form needs to pick up if that record is to continue”.
In Focus: Crossing the Black Cats. The inside track on Simon Grayson’s Sunderland.
“Simon Grayson – more than any other Manager I’ve dealt with in recent times – tends to tailor his teams to the opposition… He’s already used a 3-5-2, 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2”.
Hot off the Press: With James Hunter of The Chronicle.
“I got an invaluable footballing education at Sunderland… I met some great friends – people who I’m still in contact with today – so it’s a club I’ll always have a soft spot for”.
Loyalties Aside: Having crossed the Irish Sea to sign for Sunderland in 2009, John Egan is no stranger to those on Wearside. BEES sat down with the Irishman to discuss Brentford’s five-game unbeaten run, captain’s duties and crossing the Black Cats.
“To this day I still insist it was a foul, but I was at the back and one of their players clipped my heels, took the ball and scored. They ended up winning 2-1”.
First, Best, Worst: From rooming with Rowlands to cup final heartbreak, we chat to former Bees midfielder Gavin Mahon about his first, best and worst experiences in professional football.
“I chose to buy season tickets for the New Road terraces as you could move along them in each half depending on which way was the team was attacking”.
Ticket to the Past: David Ohl gets nostalgic in his latest column.
“Jozy Altidore made 70 Premier League appearances for Hull City and Sunderland, scoring just twice. One can only imagine what Mr. Benham’s mathematical model would have made of that strike rate”.
Park Life: The Daily Mail’s '100 worst strikers in Premier League history' survey is the focus of Nick Bruzon's latest piece.
“Gary and Phil Neville were well known to be tucked up in bed and fast asleep by nine o’clock while on international duty with England and nobody can claim that those two didn’t maximise their potential”.
The Last Word: Ben Burgess on the fine margins in professional football.
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