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At the age of 16, Nick Pope felt his football dream was over after Ipswich Town – his boyhood club – released him.  Pope was a season ticket holder for the Tractor Boys, and it was his dream to represent the team he supported since he was a young boy.  After his release, Pope studied […]

North East journalist Craig Hope says he believes England’s World Cup squad is ‘fair’ – but doesn’t believe the side will progress past the last eight. With England securing a place in the round of 16 topping group B, followed by a 3-0 victory against Senegal securing them a place in the quarter finals, many […]

Callum Wilson has been handed a World Cup call-up following a strong start to the season, with North East journalist Craig Hope saying Wilson’s call up was “fully deserved.” Multiple others have also been selected for the World Cup from the North East including Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier, who were selected alongside Wilson, Fabian […]

England are through to the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Gareth Southgate’s men have just beaten Senegal in their last fixture of the group stages. It was a slow start to England’s round of 16 fixture where they took on Senegal. Jordan Henderson opened the scoring 38 minutes into the […]

Sunderland’s return to the Championship has been “solid yet unspectacular” according to a recognised fan page. An unusually timed World Cup has forced a mid-season break, albeit this is shorter for the Championship than the Premier League. Sunderland’s final game before the break was under the lights at Birmingham City on November 11, a game […]

Jill Scott was celebrated as European champion in the summer and was then crowned Queen of the Jungle yesterday. The midfielder was born in Sunderland and spent the first two years of her professional career there. 12 million viewers tuned in on Sunday night to watch Scott take on the Rat Race challenge and then […]

England are about to take on the USA in the World Cup, and Ryan O’Hara may be a lone American voice in one of England’s most passionate footballing cities. But the University of Sunderland student is a voice of defiance that is backed by 330 million back home, and its message is that England are […]

England begin their World Cup journey against Iran next Monday in Group B. Gareth Southgate’s men have arrived in Qatar ahead of a winter World Cup which kicks-off in a matter of days. England come into this one off the back of a strong two competitions, reaching the semi-final back in 2018 in Russia and […]


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