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Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2018-19?

We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for eachGoalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) The Manchester United loanee is on Gareth Southgate’s radar after a league-high 21 clean sheets. Another outstanding sea…

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Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2018-19?

We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for eachGoalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) The Manchester United loanee is on Gareth Southgate’s radar after a league-high 21 clean sheets. Another outstanding sea…

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Charlton return to Championship after Patrick Bauer scores last-gasp winner

Lee Bowyer was the last man standing in the Charlton technical area as his backroom staff and substitutes bench emptied on to the pitch, fleeing down the touchline to join the pile-on after Patrick Bauer snatched victory to seal promotion deep into fou…

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Charlton Athletic v Sunderland: League One play-off final – live!

Updates from the 3pm BST kick-off at WembleyInterview: Lee Cattermole on his injury fightAnd why not email Rob with your thoughts 2.29pm BST An email! “Emotional day,” says Martin Maloney, and the match hasn’t even started yet. “I’m a Northampton Town …

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Lee Cattermole: ‘There were two years when I shouldn’t have been on the pitch’

After playing for years with a torn hip, the Sunderland midfielder is back to full fitness and ready for a League One play-off final date with CharltonIt is a cool March night at the Stadio Olimpico in 2006, Middlesbrough have just eliminated Roma from…

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Lee Cattermole: ‘There were two years when I shouldn’t have been on the pitch’

After playing for years with a torn hip, the Sunderland midfielder is back to full fitness and ready for a League One play-off final date with CharltonIt is a cool March night at the Stadio Olimpico in 2006, Middlesbrough have just eliminated Roma from…

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Michael Gray: ‘All people want to hear about is that bloody penalty’

The former Sunderland player talks about play-offs heartbreak, the kindness of fans and having a giggle with Clive MendoncaBy Richard Foster, author of The Agony and the EcstasyWhen Doncaster Rovers captain Tommy Rowe sliced his kick wide of the goal i…

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Sunderland book League One final spot after cagey draw with Portsmouth

After the darkness of the last three seasons, perhaps there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for Sunderland’s long-suffering supporters. Faced with a vociferous Portsmouth crowd baying for blood, Jack Ross’s side stood firm to seal their pla…

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Chris Maguire gives Sunderland narrow lead over Portsmouth in play-offs

Sunderland claimed a 1-0 win in their League One play-off semi-final first leg against Portsmouth.Chris Maguire scored the only goal at the Stadium of Light with a 62nd-minute volley, and Sunderland then had to hold on to their lead for the last quarte…

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Relegation blues: how a football team’s fortunes can affect a whole city

Sunderland fans could end this season celebrating promotion – but the team’s 2017 and 2018 relegations hurt more than local prideWhen Sunderland AFC take on Portsmouth in the promotion playoff semi-finals this weekend, it won’t just be diehard fans che…

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Portsmouth’s Oliver Hawkins sinks Sunderland to seal Checkatrade Trophy

• Portsmouth 2-2 Sunderland aet (Portsmouth win 5-4 on pens)• Hawkins keeps cool from the spot after McGeady doubleAs if Portsmouth supporters had not suffered enough in recent years, they were put through the torment of a penalty shootout before they …

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Will Grigg fired by Wembley ambition before Sunderland face Portsmouth

The striker wants to make memories for the club’s fans at the Checkatrade Trophy final, even if the Black Cats have bigger aimsWill Grigg appreciates the potential conflict of interests. He fully understands the tension between short- and longer-term a…

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Portsmouth and Sunderland – the ups and many downs of two famous clubs | Louise Taylor

After surviving a decade of turmoil the two sides meet in Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday as promotion rivals in League OneMuch has happened to Portsmouth and Sunderland since February 2010 when the pair drew 1-1 at Fratton Park in their last Premie…

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Sunderland ’Til I Die, and the plight of the merely-very-good football player | Andrew Anthony

The Netflix series is fascinating for many reasons, but primarily for the insight it gives into the plight of players who have fallen just below the standards of the game’s eliteAmong the many joys of the eight-part Netflix series Sunderland ’Til I Die…

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Sunderland employee arrested on suspicion of sexual grooming of boy

• Man, 60, released under investigation by police• Club reported allegations and has suspended individualAn employee of Sunderland AFC has been arrested on suspicion of the sexual grooming of a boy but released under investigation pending further inqui…

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Jonny Williams: ‘People said it’s nice to see some honesty from a footballer’

The midfielder on being in the Sunderland ’Til I Die documentary, starting afresh at Charlton and his desire to play for Wales again“I didn’t get a dog. But I’m still thinking about it,” confides Jonny Williams. “I want a cute one that isn’t going to g…

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Sunderland enjoy illusion of rivalry in win over Newcastle Under-21s

Jack Ross had played down the sides’ Checkatrade Trophy meeting but nobody eased up in a 4-0 victory that was played amid a fiery atmosphere at the Stadium of LightJack Ross said he was unwilling to “dress this game up as something it’s not” but neithe…

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Sunderland meet Newcastle – but this is not the derby everyone wants | Louise Taylor

The Premier League side’s youngsters visit the Stadium of Light in the Checkatrade Trophy but Sunderland’s Jack Ross wants to face their north-east rivals in the Premier LeagueThe big news on Wearside on Monday revolved around Peter Reid’s hair transpl…

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Josh Maja rejects Sunderland contract extension amid Premier League interest

• Striker has interest from Palace, Huddersfield and Man City• Stewart Donald says he is determined to keep MajaJosh Maja could leave Sunderland this month after rejecting the offer of a new contract, with the 20-year-old striker wanted by a host of Pr…

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Jamie Lawrence: ‘One minute I’m in jail, the next on TV with Sunderland’

The former Premier League winger is stepping back into jails to help prisoners and working with young players ‘to change their whole outlook on life’For a man whose slogan is “Prison to Premiership” it was a tense moment for Jamie Lawrence to find hims…