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  • Wed, 29 May 2019 12:37:23 +0000: Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2018-19? - Sunderland | The Guardian

    We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for each

    Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) The Manchester United loanee is on Gareth Southgate’s radar after a league-high 21 clean sheets. Another outstanding season away from his parent club after shining at Shrewsbury.

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  • Sun, 26 May 2019 16:20:21 +0000: Charlton Athletic 2-1 Sunderland: League One play-off final – as it happened - Sunderland | The Guardian

    Patrick Bauer’s late, late winner shattered Sunderland and secure promotion for Charlton, who fought back in style after a hideous start at Wembley

    Ben Fisher has filed his match report from Wembley, so I’ll leave you with that. Thanks for your company on another day of ludicrous drama in the play-offs. Goodnight!

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

    “Great for a club that always seems to get a bad deal,” says Peter Harding,. “Now we need to find an owner who will appreciate what a good club we are and what a good manager Lee Bowyer is. Give him a contract before someone else comes along.”

    Here’s Dillon Phillips “I’ve just seen the Sunderland goal for the first time. It was a lack of concentration. It kicked on quicker than I expected and maybe the occasion has played a part. I can’t thank the boys enough for getting us back in the game. As soon as you make a mistake you just want to put things right so I was glad I made that save from Grant Leadbitter. And now we’re in the Championship – I can’t believe it, really. No better feeling, mate, no better feeling.”

    Charlton’s players walk up to collect the play-off trophy, as high on life as it’s possible to be. The sheer happiness is really heartwarming. There’s so much to admire about this team and their manager. That said, the same is true of Sunderland, and I feel desperately sorry for them.

    Sunderland may regret not swarming all over Charlton after that opening goal, because for 10 minutes Charlton’s heads were all over place.

    “If you’d asked me in, say, 2002 to pick out a few players from the Premier League who might turn out to be decent managers, I think it’s fair to say Lee Bowyer would have been a long, long, LONG way down my list,” says Matt Dony. “But he’s managed to a ridiculously good job considering the circumstances. Charlton were (are) a heroic mess, but they’re on their way to the Championship. Good on them, and good on Lee.”

    Here’s Lee Bowyer

    “I’m so proud of my players – they just give me everything. And this crowd … to bring this all back together, it’s been some season. The goal was one of those freak things that happens in the game, but it shows our character to come from behind. This is probably the proudest moment of my whole career, and I’m delighted for this football club.”

    Post-match reaction

    Patrick Bauer “I don’t know what to say. It’s amazing. We worked so hard all season – now we’ve done it, and it’s unbelievable. The boys were excellent all season; big respect to Lee Bowyer for getting such a squad together. We are so happy.”

    Patrick Bauer’s goal was almost the last kick of the game. The Sunderland players are devastated, and their fans aren’t exactly full of the joys of the play-offs either. That was extraordinary. It’s a glorious day for Charlton and their manager Lee Bowyer - and the keeper Dillon Phillips, whose awful early error no longer matters one iota.

    Charlton have done it!

    90+5 min Oh my days.

    What a savage late twist! The four minutes of added time were almost up when Charlton took a quick free-kick on the left. They had a man over at the far post, where Cullen’s deep cross was headed towards goal by Bauer. It was blocked by Flanagan but came straight back to Bauer, who slid it gleefully into the net from four yards.

    Charlton are going into the Championship!

    90+3 min Cullen hangs the free-kick up beyond the far post, where Bauer loops a header into the six-yard box. McLaughlin comes through a crowd of players to catch confidently. Excellent goalkeeping, that.

    90+2 min Charlton are finishing very strongly. Taylor is bundled over on the right wing by Flanagan, who is booked.

    90+1 min Williams crosses low towards the near post, where Parker flicks a volley behind his standing leg that is blocked by Flanagan.

    90+1 min Four minutes of added time.

    90 min This, we can say without fear of contradiction, would be a reasonable time to score.

    89 min Charlton’s attackers, the substitute Williams aside, look shattered.

    87 min Charlton are hanging on a bit now. After a fine run from Morgan, O’Nien’s dangerous cross is superbly headed away by Pearce (I think) at the near post.

    84 min McGeady tries his luck from the edge of the area, and wishes he hadn’t as the ball flies miles over the bar.

    83 min Leadbitter again fouls Williams; this time he is booked. Williams has been excellent since coming on.

    82 min A long cross from the left is headed back across goal by Grigg and headed away by Bielik. Grigg might have gone for goal there, though it wasn’t an easy chance.

    81 min A whole season, almost 50 matches, comes down to this. Sunderland are having a decent spell, though both sides look weary.

    78 min This has been a poor game in terms of chances, but the tension has made it compelling stuff.

    77 min Williams, who looks really lively, is flattened by Leadbitter. That might have been a yellow card as well.

    74 min Cullen’s deep free-kick is headed down into the six-yard box by Bielik and headed away by Leadbitter. At first that looked like a great chance for Bielik, but he had to climb over O’Nien to get to the ball, which is why he couldn’t control the header.

    73 min Williams surges down the left and is taken out by O’Nien, who is rightly booked.

    72 min Sunderland make their third change: Aiden McGeady is on for Charlie Wyke.

    71 min A Charlton change: the disappointing Darren Pratley is replaced by Jonny Williams.

    70 min This is Sunderland’s best spell of the half. Neither side has really created anything since the Charlton equaliser, though, such is the tension.

    69 min This is so tense. Both teams look more intent on avoiding defeat than winning the game.

    67 min Grigg wins a corner for Sunderland. Leadbitter’s ball flashes past a posse of bodies at the near post, hits the unsighted Flanagan and dribbles well wide.

    65 min Grigg is booked for a foul on Purrington. I’m not sure that was a free-kick, never mind a booking.

    64 min This match is increasingly cagey, with few opportunities for either side. O’Nien is back on the field with a black bandage around his head.

    61 min O’Nien is also bleeding, and runs off to the Sunderland dressing-room to have stitches put in. It looks like he’s going to try to continue. Pratley is back on the field for Charlton.

    60 min O’Nien tries to get to his feet, staggers around and is helped back to the ground. I doubt he’ll be able to continue.

    59 min There’s a break in play after a nasty clash of heads between O’Nien and Pratley.

    57 min Sunderland make their second change, with Will Grigg replacing Chris Maguire.

    56 min Charlton are having a strong spell, despite that half chance for Morgan, and look the likelier scorers at the moment.

    55 min A half chance for Sunderland. Maguire’s low cross from the right is volleyed wide at the near post by Morgan. He saw it very late and ended up knocking it onto his standing leg and wide of goal.

    51 min Taylor turns smartly away from Cattermole, who brings him down and is lucky not to be booked, as much for repeat offending as anything.

    50 min “There are some delightful-sounding names on the teamsheets today,” says Peter Oh. “Dijksteel & Power could be the name of a Dutch-English engineering company specialising in hydroelectric dams, or a ruthless law firm. (I hope Max Power is ok, by the way.)”

    He’s called Max Power. Of course he’s okay.

    49 min Nothing much to report in the second half. It wouldn’t be remotely surprising if this went to penalties.

    47 min “Seeing this fixture again evokes brilliant memories from the first such encounter,” says Nick Veale. “Although not an Addick, it was insisted that I came along by my best mate and Charlton season-ticket holding fanatic, as I had boasted a record of never seeing them lose when I attended the Valley when his Dad couldn’t go. My record was under threat in the semi against the Tractor Boys but saw that one out. So, wearing a bright yellow Fenerbahce shirt [I don’t do red in my part of London], I happily took my place in the stands. All was good. At half-time, we said, ‘Forty-five minutes to go, and then we’ll sink some fine Young’s Special’. 115 minutes later, we were gibbering emotionally drained wrecks! Happy days. Big shout for Matt McGinty as I’m sure he is in the crowd today. Sorry, I can’t be…”

    I miss the late 1990s. Nobody had a clue how miserable life could be.

    46 min Charlton get the second half under way. It looks like they have changed from 3-4-1-2 to a diamond midfield, hence the substitution.

    Charlton have made a half-time change, with Jason Pearce replacing poor old Naby Sarr.

    St Mirren v Dundee United “1-1 HT at Paisley too, Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “I thought torture was outlawed.”

    Half-time reading

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    Peep peep! That was an emotional 45 minutes. Dillon Phillips’ gruesome error gave Sunderland an early lead, and for 20 minutes Charlton weren’t at the races. They came into the match after that, however, and few would begrudge them Ben Purrington’s excellent equaliser. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

    45+1 min There will be three minutes of added time.

    45 min The free-kick is on the right edge of the area. Morgan will take it ... and he thwacks it over the bar with his left foot.

    44 min Sunderland have had more of the ball since the equaliser. Honeyman is fouled just outside the area by Sarr, who is booked.

    41 min Leadbitter’s deep corner is punched away by Phillips, who has recovered well from that hideous early mistake.

    40 min Oviedo slips Taylor on the left, cuts into the area and hammers a low cross that is headed behind for a corner by Bielik.

    38 min Kevin De Bruyne would have been proud of that cross from Lyle Taylor for the equaliser.

    36 min “Re the match - fun fact: Charlton Athletic were so named to differentiate themselves from the near neighbours Charlton Lethargic,” says Bill Hargreaves. “I mentioned this to Michael Caine last night and he told me not a lot of people knew this.”

    That really was a fine team goal. Aribo, just outside the area on the right, played a short forward pass to Dijksteel. He flicked the ball behind him to Taylor, who guided a devastating low cross into the space between goalkeeper and defenders. It ran beyond the far post to Purrington, who sidefooted it into an open net from three yards.

    They won’t be getting a clean sheet - Charlton have equalised with a lovely goal!

    34 min Charlton have dominated the game in the last 10 minutes, albeit without creating much. Sunderland, as Don Goodman notes on Sky, have gone into clean-sheet mode.

    32 min Taylor tries to turn Oviedo, who recovers to concede a corner. Cullen overhits it and it drifts away for a Sunderland throw-in.

    29 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “Today’s also the play-off final second leg between Dundee United and St. Mirren to see who plays in the Scottish Premiership next season. Still 0-0 in Paisley after a goalless draw at Tannadice on Thursday. Everybody stay calm. Stay calm. Stay F@*#ING calm.”

    27 min: Chance for Taylor! A long ball forward from Purrington cleared Parker on the edge of the D and came to Taylor on the right side of the area. He waited for it to drop and cut across a fierce, swirling shot that beat McLaughlin and flashed a couple of yards over the crossbar. That was almost a spectacular equaliser.

    27 min “Perhaps Charlton’s best bet is to make fake news work for them and believe that that own goal did not happen,” says Ian Copestake.

    Yes, and if it ends 1-0 they should brazen it out and get in position for extra-time.

    26 min Charlton are having their best spell by some distance. Taylor looks dangerous, especially when he pulls to the right wing.

    24 min Taylor wins a corner for Charlton. Cullen clips it towards the penalty spot, from where Bauer heads tamely wide. That was half a chance.

    23 min Daniel has found the Claesen goal. Great stuff.

    23 min This is a much more even game now. I wonder if Sunderland might come to regret not putting Charlton away in those 10 minutes after the goal.

    22 min “Mind when ITV were late to a game, the replay system was screwed and Nico Claesen scored the first goal in a London derby while they were still talking us through the teams?” asks Daniel Harris.

    I don’t mind, although that might have been before my football-watching time. Does anyone remember BBC going to a flight simulator in the middle of a Mark Bright ramble, possibly in an FA Cup match around 2007? Or did I imagine that.

    21 min Charlton try a training ground free-kick, with a couple of dummies and a flat cross to the far post, but Bielik is rightly flagged offside.

    20 min Charlton have started to stir. The classy Aribo slips Cattermole 25 yards from goal and is fouled. It’s a fair way to the right of centre.

    17 min “Can we all appreciate from that video how perfect every one of Mendonca’s touches was?” says Elliot Carr-Barnsley.

    It was such an accomplished hat-trick, almost as good as Dirk Kuyt’s against Man Utd in 2011.

    16 min Charlton started quite well but their morale has been flattened by that goal. Pratley takes out his frustration on O’Nien and is lucky not to be booked.

    14 min “Afternoon Rob,” says David Crowther. “I love your work. But why isn’t Barry Glendinning doing the MBM of this game? Or perhaps more pertinently, why isn’t he doing an MBM of your MBM of this game? You’re welcome.”

    I’d imagine he’s at the game, or in the drinker. An MBM from the drinker would be fun.

    11 min Charlton are all over the place. A loose ball comes to Leadbitter, whose swerving low shot from 20 yards is beautifully pushed round the post by Phillips, diving low to his left. He’ll feel slightly less miserable after that.

    10 min “Hi Rob,” says Matt Burtz. “When I was a young baseball fan growing up in the US of A, there was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds named Norm Charlton. He was a member of the so-called “Nasty Boys” bullpen who helped the Reds win their most recent World Series in 1990. Until I started following the beautiful game he was the only person or entity I associated with the word Charlton. I’m an Everton fan now and Ademola Lookman came from Charlton. However, Jordan Pickford came from Sunderland, and the Black Cats also have Everton flame-out Aiden McGeady, he of one league goal for the Toffees (at Leicester in their first game following promotion). So I need assistance in determining who to root for!”

    I just want football to be the winner.

    9 min Max Power can’t continue after that early injury - he is replaced by Lewis Morgan.

    8 min I don’t think Sarr’s backpass took a bobble; it looked like a simple loss of concentration from Phillips. Sky Sports were still showing a replay when they suddenly cut to a live shot of the ball dribbling over the line.

    7 min Charlton look stunned, not surprisingly, and Sunderland appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty when Wyke’s snapshot hits the outstretched arm of Bauer in the area. He was very close to Wyke, which is probably why he got away with it.

    Sarr played a routine backpass to the keeper Phillips, whose attempt to control it went so badly that it rolled past him and straight into the net. I cannot believe that.

    Sunderland take the lead with a farcical goal!

    3 min Power is receiving treatment after being flattened on the halfway line by Sarr. It looks like he’s okay.

    2 min “One of the joys of the original Charlton v Sunderland play-off game is watching Clive Mendonca’s reaction to scoring against the team he had supported as a boy,” says Ian Burch. “None of that feigned, regretful look for him, but then again who wouldn’t run the length of Wembley after scoring a hat trick. Not long after he was forced to retire from the game I saw him and his family at Charing Cross station, all of them including Clive were wearing Sunderland shirts. Bless him.”

    1 min Peep peep! Sunderland, in their black away trip, kick off from right to left. Charlton are in red.

    There’s a sensational atmosphere at Wembley. The players on both sides look surprisingly relaxed as they emerge from the tunnel.

    To the wise, a word If you haven’t seen this, you really should. It gives football documentaries a good name.

    ‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation’, unless you love sport

    An email! “Emotional day,” says Martin Maloney, and the match hasn’t even started yet. “I’m a Northampton Town man through thick and thin, mainly thin. My other half Jenny is a Mackem, but being of the less confident type, she’d never been to see them. She’s come to a couple of Cobblers games this year and then went to watch them at Cov on her own. I would normally play baseball for Northants today, but couldn’t miss this with her. Luckily we could rearrange the game as both teams were short. Loved every minute of the day so far.... come on the Mackems.”

    Pre-match reading

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    Darren Pratley replaces the talented teenager Albie Morgan in Charlton’s midfield; Morgan isn’t even on the bench. Sunderland are unchanged from the team that drew 0-0 at Portsmouth in the semi-final second leg, but they do have Aiden McGeady back on the bench.

    Charlton Athletic (3-4-1-2) Phillips; Bielik, Bauer, Sarr; Dijksteel, Cullen, Pratley, Purrington; Aribo; Taylor, Parker.
    Substitutes: Maxwell, Solly, Pearce, Lapslie, Forster-Caskey, Reeves, Williams.

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of the League One play-off final between Charlton and Sunderland. All play-off finals are huge – like, duh – yet this feels even bigger than normal. That’s mainly down to the size of both clubs, Sunderland in particular, but also because of that astounding final 21 years ago. Indeed, Charlton and Sunderland will become the first teams to meet in the play-off final of two different divisions.

    Since you asked, I’ve no idea who’s going to win. You’re welcome! Charlton were in brilliant form at the back end of the league season, but then staggered past Doncaster in a nerve-mangling semi-final. Sunderland finished the regular season poorly but had a good win over Portsmouth in the semis. They’ve been to Wembley already this season, when they lost to Portsmouth on penalties in the Football League trophy final. They have some big names, including Lee Cattermole and perhaps Aiden McGeady, who has travelled with the squad and could return from injury.

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  • Sun, 26 May 2019 16:14:00 +0000: Charlton return to Championship after Patrick Bauer scores last-gasp winner - Sunderland | The Guardian

    Lee Bowyer was the last man standing in the Charlton technical area as his backroom staff and substitutes emptied on to the Wembley turf, flying down the touchline to join the pile-on after the captain, Patrick Bauer, snatched victory to seal promotion with just five seconds of second‑half stoppage time to play. Dillon Phillips had filed a late entry for blooper of the season, gifting Sunderland an early lead but the goalkeeper ended the day holding the winners’ trophy aloft drenched in champagne and confetti.

    “I don’t know why Pat and Pearcey [Jason Pearce] were up there, both on the far post but thankfully they were,” said Bowyer, who permanently took charge of his boyhood club in September. “You need someone to be calm and get focused. I wanted to speak to the fourth official and see how long was left because I might have needed to change formation or shape, and he said there were only five seconds to go. I just wanted to try and stay in the zone.”

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  • Sat, 25 May 2019 10:00:39 +0000: Lee Cattermole: ‘There were two years when I shouldn’t have been on the pitch’ - Sunderland | The Guardian
    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 Charlton

    It is a cool March night at the Stadio Olimpico in 2006, Middlesbrough have just eliminated Roma from Europe and Italian reporters ask their English counterparts a single question. “Lee Cattermole,” they inquire. “The new Steven Gerrard, yes?”

    Fast-forward 13 years to a sunny May lunchtime in Sunderland and Cattermole smiles at the memory. “We ended up in the Uefa Cup final, losing to Sevilla, and then Steve McClaren got the England job,” he says. “That’s football, eh …”

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  • Thu, 23 May 2019 12:19:06 +0000: Michael Gray: 'All people want to hear about is that bloody penalty' - Sunderland | The Guardian

    The former Sunderland player talks about play-offs heartbreak, the kindness of fans and having a giggle with Clive Mendonca

    By Richard Foster, author of The Agony and the Ecstasy

    When Doncaster Rovers captain Tommy Rowe sliced his kick wide of the goal in the penalty shootout at The Valley last Friday, Charlton fans invaded the pitch and gleefully celebrated with the players. They were going to Wembley for a play-offs final against Sunderland. The younger fans cavorting on the field will not remember the time the two clubs met at the old Wembley in 1998, but they will surely have heard stories from the older generation about what is perhaps the greatest play-offs final of them all.

    That match 21 year ago also ended in a Charlton victory after a penalty shootout, with lifelong Sunderland fan Clive Mendonca the hero after scoring the first ever play-offs final hat-trick at Wembley in a pulsating 4-4 draw to deny his hometown club. Michael Gray was the man who missed his penalty in that shootout, feebly striking the ball into the waiting arms of Sasa Ilic after the previous 13 kicks had all been successful. He has never been allowed to forget that heartbreaking moment.

    It’s happening again! pic.twitter.com/92FdFHAv4u

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  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:17:05 +0000: Sunderland's Borini set for AC Milan move - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC
    Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is set to join Italian giants AC Milan, according to BBC Newcastle.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:30:52 +0000: Fans withdraw Sunderland takeover bid - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC
    A television production company fronted by Sunderland fans withdraws its bid to buy the club from American Ellis Short.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:34 +0000: Championship fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC
    Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.
  • Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:21:59 +0000: Two make Sunderland takeover bids - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC
    Sunderland owner Ellis Short is set to decide between two takeover bids for the Championship club.
  • Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:44:11 +0000: Sunderland assistant Bracewell leaves - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC
    Sunderland assistant manager Paul Bracewell leaves the club as they prepare for life in the Championship.