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03/04: Preview: Sunderland
Opposition opinion
by Roger Lincoln of Ready to Go

What happened last season?
err we went down.

What's going to happen next season?
Best we can hope for in my opinion is mid-table obscurity.

Can you recommend a pub for away fans?
You should be okay in most places - I'm not aware of any that bar away fans. The city centre is only 10 minutes walk away and has plenty of pubs including a couple of Weatherspoons so I'd recommend heading there. All are busy on matchday, but most have loads of bar staff.

What's the nearest railway station?
Sunderland is the nearest train station, but you can also get the Metro down from N*wcastle (nearest mainline station) and there are two metro stations right next to the ground (Stadium of Light and St Peters Stations)

Where is the best place to park?
The ground can be used, but it costs 4 Best bet for away fans is probably either the City Centre car parks (busy) or use the park and ride which is signposted on your way to the ground. You could park in Southwick, but might not have any wheels/windows when you return.

Word Association
Sunderland FC Roker
Beckham Posh
Milton Keynes Bowl
The Premiership Relegation
Division Two Promotion
Kevin Phillips Goal!!!
Watford Kevin Phillips ;-)

Soundbites (from assorted Census correspondents)
"I have a pet iguana called Barry"

"we are the worst team ever seen in the premier league. We are about to become the worst in the nationwide div 1"

"Not really. I'm boring as out me" (That should be 'owt', surely? - linguistic ed)

"It took a long time to answer the weakest link answer"

"At least we beat you in the half-time penalty shoot-out at the Stadium of Light, (with some assistance from a mascot or two.....)"

"The creator of this survey must have been smoking a doobie while devising it! Haway the lads! You's were WELL jammy in the cup. We bossed the match and the ref handed it 2u on a plate!" (yeah, whatever - ed)

"Those Watford girls always give the Sunderland daft lads a friendly welcome. I've never been told to F'off so nicely anywhere else"