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HAPPY MOMENT: Sunderland's players celebrate a rare bright spot in a largely difficult campaign

Season Review: Another case of history repeating as Sunderland scramble to safety once again

NEW RECRUIT: Darlington signing Adam Nowakowski, who has joined from Harrogate Town

Quakers could again look outside region for new talent

Hartlepool Chris Westwood (R) is given the red card after abusing the referee during the Coca-Cola League One play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Sunday May 29, 2005 (27308899)

Saturday Spotlight: Ten years since Hartlepool's biggest day of them all

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Aitor Karana has backed Tomas Mejias, pictured playing against Arsenal, despite his lack of involvement in the final two months of the season

Mejias to remain at Middlesbrough as Karanka promises to support new playing deal for Woodgate

GOALKEEPER: Sunderland's keeper Costel Pantilimon was a key factor in Sunderland's survival bid

Scott Wilson's North-East Team of the Season

Interest: Steve McClaren is being considered on Tyne & Wear

Are Sunderland fighting Magpies for same new head coach?

AWARD WINNER: Duncan Watmore

Sunderland youngster claims Under-21s award


North-East rowers impress on opening day of European Championships

GOLDEN BOY: Darlington's Troy Williamson celebrates his Tri-Nations title

North-East boxers star at Tri-Nations

NEW ARRIVALS: Darlington manager Martin Gray has appointed three new scouts. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Three new arrivals at Darlington

RECOVERING: Aaron Finch's recovery from a torn left hamstring is approximately a month ahead of schedule

Yorkshire pencil in a return for Finch

WEMBLEY BLOW: Grant Leadbitter

Boro skipper desperate to keep team spirit intact after Wembley failure

Newcastle United chairman and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley celebrates with Magpies managing director Lee Charnley during last Sunday's victory over West Ham. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Season Review: Has Mike Ashley learned lessons after protests, problems and survival for Magpies?

Durham County Cricket Club’s Riverside ground, at Chester-le-Street

Record crowd hoped for at Durham

IN DEMAND: Paul Clement (left), pictured with Carlo Ancelotti during the pair's time together at Chelsea

Sunderland hoping to hijack Clement's move to Derby after Advocaat rejects job offer

VIDEO GAME: What do you think of Fifa's likeness of Durham-born Steph Houghton?

North-East international footballer Steph Houghton to feature in Fifa 16

KEY GOAL: Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring in Newcastle's 1-1 draw with West Brom at the start of this month

Perez admits surprise at 'dream first season' in the Premier League

MISSING OUT: Middlesbrough's season ended in the heartbreak of a play-off final defeat to Norwich at Wembley

Season Review: Middlesbrough make giant strides forward, but still fall agonisingly short

OUT: Mark Stoneman of Durham Jets is bowled for ten by Rob Taylor of Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road in Leicester last night. Picture: ROBERT SMITH

Durham suffer heavy defeat

Kike celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the game with Dean Whitehead (left) during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, earlier this year

Former Sunderland man Dean Whitehead told he is leaving Boro

PERFECT: Whitburn's 17th green looks out to sea over the 15th fairway

Whitburn golf club launch bid to make course fit for 21st century

CHARITY DAY: Lee Westwood takes part in a charity golf day at Close House

Westwood talks up chances of British Masters heading to Close House

HAILED: Adil Rashid

Key man Rashid hailed for his role in Yorkshire draw

INTERNATIONAL CLASS: New Zealand's Grant Elliott will be in the Leicestershire side that faces Durham this evening in their T20 Blast match. Picture: DAVID ROWLAND/AP PHOTO

Top-of-the-table Durham turn to T20

Breaking: Advocaat turns down Sunderland

Breaking: Advocaat turns down Sunderland

COURT DATE: Former Darlington manager Dave Penney has been charged with assaulting a police officer

Former Darlington manager in court charged with assaulting police officer

TALKS: Newcastle Utd sporting director Lee Charnley is set to open talks with Steve McClaren this week.

Charnley set to open talks with McClaren

MIRACLE OF ISTANBUL: Steven Gerrard lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2005 in Istanbul after Liverpool had fought back from 3-0 down to AC Milan to win on penalties

Istanbul was the making of Gerrard

Durham Day Four report: Durham top after six-wicket win

Durham Day Four Report: Durham top after six-wicket win

SIGNINGS: Ellis Short is ready to give the new head coach a handful of new players.

Short is poised to draw up his new summer blueprint

PLEDGE: Boro will come back stronger, insists defender Ben Gibson.

Boro will come back stronger, insists Gibson

NEW SIGNING: Adam Nowakowski has joined Darlington from Harrogate Town.

Gray makes his second signing

Overton and almost out for Yorkshire

Overton and almost out for Yorkshire


Durham Day Three Report: Happy Birthday for Collingwood

LAST TIME: Darlington's Adam Mitchell, left, battles for the ball with Sunderland's Billy Jones last summer

Darlington to face Sunderland again

JOB DONE: John Carver with Jonas Gutierrez

All the ups and downs of seven-year stay on Tyneside for Jonas Gutierrez

Jelle Vossen reacts after Middlesbrough go a goal down. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

It's an all too familiar outcome at Wembley for beaten Boro

Championship Playoff Final at Wembley: Middlesbrough FC v Norwich City.  Norwich's Russell Martin at the final whistle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (27083206)

Middlesbrough 0 Norwich City 2: It's not Boro's day as Canaries are chirping to the Premier League

League Division 2: Hartlepool United v Exeter City at Victoria Park, Hartlepool in their last home game of the season where survival is the football league was confirmed with a 2-1 victory.  Hartlepool's Scott Fenwick scores the opening goal.  Picture: CH

Fenwick's professional outlook ensures success at Pools

Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie prior to the NatWest T20 Blast at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 22, 2015. See PA story CRICKET Notts. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.  RESTRICTIONS: Editori

Gillespie happy to see Bayliss get England nod

Championship Playoff Final at Wembley: Middlesbrough FC v Norwich City.  Boro players after the second goal.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (27083158)

Konstantopoulos confident of a positive future

BACK IN THE FRAME: Danny Graham feels part of the set-up at Sunderland under Dick Advocaat. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Graham thinks Advocaat would be major coup for Sunderland

Worcestershire v Durham (day 3, tea)

Worcestershire v Durham (day 3, tea)

Worcestershire v Durham (day 3, lunch)

Worcestershire v Durham (day 3, lunch)

SACKED: Steve McClaren is disappointed at Derby County's decision

Sheffield United sack Clough after play-off failure

LEGACY: Sam Allardyce believes his successor at West Ham United will have a firm foundation to build upon

Former Newcastle boss Allardyce believes his successor at West Ham has 'firm foundation to build upon'

Championship Playoff Final at Wembley: Middlesbrough FC v Norwich City.  Norwich chairman Delia Smith after the final whistle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (27083302)

Karanka planning ahead for a second push at promotion

KEY MOMENT: Cameron Jerome celebrates Norwich's opening goal at Wembley

Middlesbrough 0 Norwich City 2: Boro suffer play-off heartbreak at Wembley

Boro and Norwich fans head down Wembley Way

Middlesbrough vs Norwich City

HISTORY BOYS: Aitor Karanka has urged his Middlesbrough players to complete the job of winning promotion to the Premier League later today

Karanka urges his Middlesbrough players to grasp history

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