6:00am Friday 30th January 2015
HE has overseen a Wembley final, back-to-back victories at St James’ Park and last season’s ‘Great Escape’, but as he prepares to lead his side into tomorrow’s home game with Burnley, it is no exaggeration to claim Gus Poyet could be heading into the biggest match of his 14-month reign as Sunderland head coach.
7:00am Friday 23rd January 2015
READING Lee Charnley’s message to the Geordie nation earlier this week, it was tempting to conjure up images of a communist apparatchik dutifully relaying a pre-agreed diktat on behalf of the supreme leader.
7:00am Friday 16th January 2015
ON the face of it, Sunderland’s capture of Jermain Defoe, with Jozy Altidore heading back to the MLS in the opposite direction, represents a wonderful piece of business.
7:00am Friday 9th January 2015
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson selects his top ten sporting bets for 2015
7:00am Friday 19th December 2014
UNITED in grief following the tragic death of John Alder and Liam Sweeney in the summer, fans’ groups from Newcastle United and Sunderland have joined together to promote “a derby to be proud of” ahead of Sunday’s game at St James’ Park.
7:00am Friday 12th December 2014
THE BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will be presented on Sunday evening, with voting currently taking place from a shortlist of ten. Here’s the column’s take on the ten contenders, and a prediction of where they will finish once the votes have been counted.
7:00am Friday 5th December 2014
CRAIG HIGNETT’S sudden departure from Middlesbrough’s backroom staff has raised a number of questions, with the most immediate relating to the short-term impact on the side’s fortunes as they look to end a run of three games without a victory.
7:00am Friday 28th November 2014
NEWCASTLE UNITED’S recent winning run has transformed lots of things at St James’ Park, with the club’s January transfer policy perhaps at the top of the list.
7:00am Friday 28th November 2014
THE popular view of most professional sportsmen and women is a well-established one. Well paid, privileged to be doing something they love and boasting a profile that affords them the status of a celebrity, those of us who take pleasure in watching them perform would swap places with them in an instant.
7:00am Friday 21st November 2014
THE sniping started within a few minutes of Saturday’s final whistle. “England are rubbish,” moaned one caller to Five Live’s phone-in. “Roy Hodgson has to go.”
7:00am Friday 14th November 2014
TOMORROW, when Slovenia travel to Wembley for a Euro 2016 qualifier, Wayne Rooney will become only the ninth Englishman to win a century of caps for his country.
7:00am Friday 7th November 2014
A YEAR ago next Thursday, Aitor Karanka was appointed as Middlesbrough manager with the club floundering in 16th position in the Championship. Two years ago on Sunday, Boro beat Sheffield Wednesday to move to the top of the table under Tony Mowbray, a position they would relinquish the following day and have not regained since.
7:00am Friday 31st October 2014
OF all the things Mike Ashley has done at Newcastle United, the decision to diminish the importance of the two cup competitions has arguably angered supporters most.
7:00am Friday 24th October 2014
WHEN Stuart Hall takes to the ring in Monte Carlo’s Salle Des Etoiles tomorrow night, he will be taking part in his fourth world-title fight in the space of ten months.
7:00am Friday 17th October 2014
THE fallout from Raheem Sterling’s failure to start Sunday’s European Championships qualifier in Tallinn was depressing for a number of reasons.
7:00am Friday 3rd October 2014
ROOTED in the relegation places, still searching for a first Premier League win and with their supporters in open revolt against both the manager and owner, it’s hard to see how things could be any worse for Newcastle United.
7:00am Friday 26th September 2014
AMID all the furore about Newcastle United’s below-par start to the season and the frenzied speculation surrounding Alan Pardew’s future at St James’ Park, Sunderland’s performances since the start of the campaign have been somewhat overlooked. Yet one-and-a-half months in, and it’s hard to argue that the Black Cats have been any better than their struggling rivals.
7:00am Friday 19th September 2014
THE last few years have not been easy for Durham. Senior players such as Dale Benkenstein, Steve Harmison, Michael Di Venuto and Will Smith have either retired or moved elsewhere, while Geoff Cook, a huge factor in the club’s three County Championship triumphs, was forced to relinquish his position as head coach and take up a role in the academy after suffering a heart problem.
7:00am Friday 12th September 2014
IF anyone was in any doubt as to the mood among Newcastle United supporters when it comes to the position of the club’s manager, they need only log on to a new website that has appeared in the last couple of weeks. Its name – sackpardew.com – could hardly be more self-explanatory.
7:00am Friday 5th September 2014
LET’S have a very unscientific straw poll – how many of you travelled down to Wembley to watch your national side in action on Wednesday night?
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.
Chief sports writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.
Fraser Kicks Off
Chief football writer Paul Fraser keeps an eye on the region’s football scene and considers whether Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough do things right.
Award winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.
Fraser From The Fairway
Golf writer Paul Fraser takes a look at the North-East golf scene.
Feel Great For Sport
Award-winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.
Darlington Football Club
In his weekly column Ian Watson gives his thoughts on the team’s push for promotion and behind-the-scenes-tales from Quakers.
Spennymoor Town Football Club
Weekly column from Moors captain Chris Mason who has made over 200 appearances for the Evo-Stik First Division North club.