Monday, April 29, 2013

Manager Statistics

Brand new site covering the statistics of all of the current and previous managers of all clubs within the top 4 divisions of English football.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Back in the SAFC Saddle

I will be back into the groove on here after a long lay off, you can look forward to plenty more SAFC rants, raves and observations.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Support the Beard!

This is a "real time" interview with my other half!

For all those that get "the nagging of the other half", i have an exceptional missus who is watching these games with me. For every England game. My other half @tracy_chapman will highlight the best and worst of what she sees. None of mine. Just the Mrs.

Final result USA 1 - England 1

What did you expect from this game?

I expected them to play well. keep the ball, attack, cross well. Play as a team

How do you think the game started?

The game started well with our first goal. A bit slow, we were defending well.

Team performance who stood out?

Heskey, he done ok suprisingly. Rooney did not seem up for it as i expected. Shaun Wright-Phillips done really well when he came on. Could have expected a little bit more from daddy long legs (Peter Crouch), but he was not on that long.

What do you think of the USA`s Equalizer?

Unexpected goal, hit full on at Green, which he spilled, this could have happened to any goalie, he came back after that and made a great save. He did not have much action in the game other than that one and the spilled goal. He held his hands up and got on with it.

Look this is one player with one mistake. If it was another player who had made "one mistake" would you look at it the same way? The goalie has made one and it is "if Rooney had made one" would you replace him? No. he has made one. he is a great player. You can not outcast one player. they are all there to play for England.

Would you pick him for the next game?


Is there anybody that stood out?

Gerrard, stood out. He was "everywhere". Shaun Wright-Phillips. In fact most stood out they all played well. Crouch after replacing Heskey did not really get into it. Heskey was played offside probably too many times and i think Rooney did not really get into the game. He missed a few opportunities and lost posession too much.

Glen Johnson i saw with a lot of the ball and played some real good crosses.

OK, what do you think of the immediate media coverage?



Putting us on an immediate downer and putting us out of the cup.

Even if we won 1-0 there would still have been bullshit. ITV touted it as the end of the world.

What did you think of James Cordens show after the game?

Hilarious! don`t know what the fuck Katy Perry was all about but other wise hilarious. All posistive and great that we had Gordo Banks on that show.

Lasses support the beard! - upstairs and downstairs.!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

You Were Absolutely Right to Include Heskey

Are you shocked that Emile Heskey has been included in the England final 23?

You shouldn`t be, after all he has been selected for his ability to provide more off the ball than he ultimately provides on it.

"10 - In 58 caps for England, Emile Heskey has provided 10 assists, 7 of them coming in 2004 or earlier and none in tournaments" source - @optajoe

Obviously this is blistering form in comparison to Darren Bent at international level.

Emile Heskey finished this season as the 103rd highest goalscorer in what is regarded at club level as the best in the world. The Premier League where Benty only managed a measly 25 goals, Yes a full 100 places behind Darren Bent, Emile banged in a lofty total of 3. 

Emile has also trotted on to the pitch and played 31 games (15 as a substitute) during the 2009/10 season. This is clearly an in form player and Fabio after all did say he would take the in form players.

via @Gabriellesafc_x

From the post match interview with Fabio;

"I already knew my final 23 before these games"

What? You knew? So these friendly auditions and a chance to take a last look at a few players were a waste of time?

The cracks in Capellos ability to make decisions are starting to show.

Is it wrong for me to be sarcastic about taking Heskey over Bent?

Well i put the scenario to my daughter (she`s 8)

"I don`t think Darren Bent is going to the World Cup"

Her response.


My Eight year old daughter is up for the England managers job at the next opportunity @thefadotcom.

Even less than 24 hours to go Fabio was still undecided apparently.

The FA`s official twitter;

"One more day until the 23 is named, tweet us your picks to #EnglandSquad" 

Source @thefadotcom 

I am not the only one shocked at all of this, sure i am concentrating on 2 players, but that`s my prerogitive right?

Well just for those of you who needed to know the final 23 (these can be changed up until next Friday)

Goalkeepers Robert Green, Joe Hart, David James

Defenders Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock

Midfielders Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips

Forwards Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney   

Final words.

It is unbelievable to think that England after so many dissapointing tournaments and so many failing England managers that in this day and age, the one that matters, The England manager is succumbing to soothsayers or media hype. Get a backbone, stick by your words. Take the form players, take the best.

This is not an attack on Emile, he will give his all i am sure, but i am afraid to say it`s not going to be enough. Big mistake.

@DB11TT`s response; (Darren Bents official Twitter)

"Am gutted. But thank you for all your support this season." - source

Ok enough. We don`t i am sure wish England any bad luck, but without the right personnel there in the first place you are going to be hard pushed to win over any kind of support. Fabio you are just another YES man.

Darren Bent now will be armed with extra fire in his belly, every ball that hits the back of the net in this upcoming 2010/11 season should well be accompanied by a whisper, just a whisper of "this is what you could have had England". Englands loss is Sunderland AFC`s gain.

How do other safc fans feel?

"@allyb1979 @DB11TT safc fans r behind u benty, gutted for u but u couldn't have done anymore than u did. Englands loss keep your chin up"

"@DBforEngland We're all guttered for you @DB11TT! it's England's loss. Just keep banging the goals in for Sunderland next season. Legend :D"

"@KingstonSI @DB11TT fans have tweeted so much about you in support for you that you've become a worldwide trend today on Twitter"

Update: Ferdinand Crocked.
Heskey takes out our captain Rio Ferdinand (Friday 4th June)

An unfortunate event as training sessions can sometimes be competitive and we can hardly entirely blame Emile for this. But it must be devastating and could well be Rios last World Cup. Steven Gerrard is expected to take up the armband.

"England players. Protect yourself from Emile Heskey by disguising yourself as a goal." via @GaryDelaney (Saturday 5th June)

Update: (Saturday 12th June) Our first game against the USA

To be fair, Emile put in a shift in this game winning a lot of headers and pinning with a great lay-off to Gerrard for the first goal. Beyond that turning a positive into a negative there was a simple chip in front of him that would have decided this one.

Update: (Sunday 20th June) Second game against ALGERIA 0-0.

The perfect opportunity to pitch in with a few goals for Rooney, Heskey and others, but true to the form HESKEY HAS SHOWN ALL SEASON LONG absolutely no end result. We were expected to easily beat the Algeria and Slovenia. But thanks to the crappy squad you picked Fabio, you are now reaping what you sowed.

All the media that put HESKEY in front of Darren Bent: how fucking stupid do you look now?

Of course you were right to pick Heskey and no doubt you will pick him for the last game as well. Fucking clueless.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunderland AFC Fans 2009/10 Season Review

I was originally going to add my review to accompany these fine contributions, but both have done such a fine job of reviewing Sunderland AFC`s season it would be criminal to take anything away from them.

The first of our 2009/10 Season reviews comes courtesy of Jamie Hous follow Jamie on twitter @jhs2safc (just hover over the link and click follow)

The 2009/2010 season summed up the mentality of Sunderland AFC. We started well, beating some of the best teams in English football but our inconsistency came back to haunt us yet again.

Niall Quinn seemed to have fixed the ‘magic carpet’ after a shaky end to last season with Ricky Sbragia at the helm. Steve Bruce was brought in to help steady the ship and he made wholesale changes in the summer. Bruce’s ability to sell average players at a decent price got everyone at Sunderland excited for the new season. There was confidence, optimism and belief in the Sunderland fans once again.

Fantastic Signings

We made some fantastic signings, including stars Darren Bent, Lorik Cana and John Mensah. We thought this would be our year and we were hopeful that the top 10 finish we crave was in our sights. The season started well with a game away to Bolton Wanderers. Darren Bent’s back post header was enough to seal a 1-0 victory for the lads. We couldn’t ask for a better start.

The next ten games saw us accumulate 16 points, with a draw at Old Trafford against the champions, which could easily have been a win, if it wasn’t for an Anton Ferdinand own goal late in the game. We then went onto beat Liverpool with relative ease. Sunderland fans will never forget the Liverpool game for one reason; the infamous beach ball goal.

We then travelled to St Andrews to take on Birmingham. After beating Liverpool the previous game, the fans went down in numbers hoping that we put in a good performance. However, the game didn’t go as planned and we were beaten 2-1. After accumulating only one more point in October the optimism that was seen at the start of the season disappeared and relegation was well and truly in our mindsets.

No Signs

November started with a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at White Heart Lane. We then went on to prove that on our day we were able to beat anyone by recording a 1-0 victory against Arsenal. What was round the corner I don’t think anyone associated with the club could have seen it.

Injuries and suspensions started setting in. We were extremely low on confidence and this saw us go 14 games without a victory in the Premier League.

Our first game in March saw us beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 at the Stadium of Light. This was the much needed win, as going 14 games without a victory certainly took its toll on the fans. We gathered 5 more points in March which seemed to get many fans in an upbeat mood.

April saw us beat Tottenham, Burnley and Hull City to cement our place in the Premier League for another season. We could all relax and enjoy the sell out game at the Stadium of Light against Manchester United. However we saw our side lose 1-0 to a Nani goal.

We then travelled to Wolves knowing if results went our way, and we managed to get a victory we could have finished 10th in the Premier League. However what started off as a lively game went wrong and we went onto record a 2-1 defeat.

Decent Finish

Finishing 13th in the table is a decent achievement considering how long we went without a victory. Our mentality needs to change, something which Bruce and his team is working on. We have a very good spine to the squad, but more quality is needed in wide areas to enable us to win games. Defensive lapses at the latter stages of games came back to haunt us as we conceded too many sloppy goals.

I believe the biggest improvement this season was our home form. After only losing 3 games at the Stadium of Light, it is once again a fortress. Having such good home form needs to be backed up by a decent away form; unfortunately this was lacking this season.

Overall, id rate our season as 7/10. Relegation was avoided with relative ease and with a few quality signings this summer, we have an excellent chance of finishing in the top 10 of the Premier League.

Jamie Hous (@jhs2safc)

The Second of our 2009/10 reviews comes courtesy of Daniel McWaters (@DATM_91)

So another season is over, and I must admit I am left feeling quite optimistic about Sunderland’s ambitious push towards Europe. There were many high points and a few low points over the course of the season, but overall, I believe it has been a season of hope. There have been some standout performances from the team, and the occasional blip, namely being a winless run that lasted 3 months.

The season started so brightly, the signings of Bent, Cana and Mensah really stood out for me and I, along with many others, felt a top ten finish was inevitable.

Maybe I got carried away but when you see your team beat the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool and lead against Man Utd right up until the last minute, I don’t think anybody can really blame me.

Winter of Discontent!

In the build up to Christmas, Steve Bruce had moulded his team into warriors, and many people around the country, stood up and took notice of Sunderland. Then, like many times before, the winter period halted our fine start, the next few months were about to get tough, first blow came when we lost one half of our combative midfield pairing, Cattermole, to injury, this was shortly followed by a 14 game winless streak, and players morale was damaged, I remember going to games thinking

“this surely has to be the day we turn it around?”

and to be fair, we drew many of our games during this period, but conceding late goal after late goal was starting to effect the players, having threw away over 10 points, something that can make a major difference in the outcome of a season.

Our form dipped, and our position in the league fell. There was a feel of great concern around the Stadium of Light, and even more so when we had to play away from home.

Then, one joyous afternoon, we played Bolton at home, now usually I go to the games with my Granda and cousin, but this day I got a lift there with my mate Steve Turner, better known as the Mackem Mover, he had agreed to meet some friends and go for a drink around the bars prior to kick off, an enjoyable time was topped off by a brilliant game, in which we won 4-0, with Benty nabbing a hatrick, a well deserved hatrick that could have been more than just.

Campbell got the other, scoring exactly 41 seconds into the game; I hadn’t even made my seat by this point. From then on, I knew the winless curse was coming to an end... Maybe I should go see the strippers more often? For superstitious reasons only, of course! Despite the win, we knew relegation was a real possibility, as nobody can say they are “too good to go down”

(does Ipswich’s relegation in 2001/2002 season spring to mind after a 5th place finish the season before?).

Top 10?

On the other hand, reaching the top ten goal Bruce had set his players was also achievable, and if we could find the form we had shown at the start of the season, you certainly wouldn’t bet against us giving it a real go.

A solid end to our home form, albeit a defeat in our last home game to Man Utd, made it look more than likely that we would seal 10th place, given the fixtures the teams around us had.

But a disappointing defeat to Wolves prevented us from clinching Bruce’s target, but in the end a win would have made no difference as Blackburn victory over Aston Villa made it impossible for us to claim 10th anyway. But still, to finish 13th after a mid season crisis was reassuring and as a whole, an improved finish on last season was well deserved by the players, and not forgetting the staff.

The main disappointment for me, though, was not the self destruction over the 14 games without a win, but the away form. We were two different teams; at home, an ambitious team hungry for success, and away from home, a team with no confidence in their true ability.

Contrasting Form

To lose only 3 games at home, two of which came from the top 2 teams in the country; Man Utd & Chelsea, are remarkable. But a complete contrast in our away form, having just 2 wins all season, leaves Bruce with plenty to work on and improve, something I have no doubt in which we will do. An honest manager is Steve Bruce, the best Geordie to ever happen to Sunderland since the great Bob Stokoe, with his touchline reactions and humorous interviews, never fails to raise a smile, “that’s for sure”.

In my eyes he is the right man for this job, and he will take this sleeping giant of a club onto great things, and much credit has to go out to the men behind the scenes, Niall Quinn, Steve Walton, and more importantly, Ellis Short, who has bonded with the fans, and the club, and is willing to pump money into a club he now considers his own.

Next season will definitely be another season of progress, and hopefully without the hiccups, but its all part and parcel in football and it’s why we all love it. I already can’t wait for next season, and hopefully it kicks off on the back of a 3 lions World Cup win in South Africa. Hey I can dream can’t I?


Goal of the season – Bolo Zenden’s strike against Spurs at home was a moment of genius from a man who, in my opinion, is one of our key players.

Most memorable moment of the season – The Beachball Gate incident, never again will the beachball hit a winner like that!

Player of the season – Darren Bent, his goals say it all, justified his transfer fee five times over, find of the season in terms of what he has achieved.

Most improved player of the season – Craig Gordon, quietened his critics after a string of fine performances. Looks settled.

Best opposition player – Frank Lampard, I’m not his biggest fan, but in both games he was inspirational, has had a very good season.

Worst opposition player – Dimitar Berbatov, possibly Sir Alex’s biggest flop given the £30 million price tag?

Game of the season – Sunderland 3-1 Tottenham. Inspiring stuff.

Thanks for reading,

Daniel McWaters follow Daniel on twitter @DATM_91

Thank you to Daniel and Jamie for 2 great guest contributions to the blog.