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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 […]

Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson have been called up to the World Cup by Gareth Southgate.  The Newcastle United trio become the latest footballers to be called up to represent North East clubs at the World Cup. Newcastle’s Fabian Schär and Bruno Guimarães have also been handed call ups, while Sunderland’s Jewison Bennette […]

Giovanni Reyna, 19, plays for Borussia Dortmund and was born in Washington, Sunderland in 2002. His father Claudio Reyna played for Sunderland AFC and they eventually moved to the USA after Claudio was transferred to the New York Red Bulls in 2007. Although representing the US in Qatar this year, England sparked interest in attempting […]

With the start of World Cup being just two weeks away, Spark set about the streets of Sunderland to gauge the local opinion on the tournament. The controversial Qatar World Cup is on the horizon with many being opposed to the idea of the competition being held there due to the poor human rights records […]

England were on course for a remarkable comeback victory against Germany until Nick Pope fumbled a long-range effort from Serge Gnabry into the path of Chelsea forward Kai Havertz, who converted a late equaliser. Pope was making his 10th appearance in an England shirt, hoping to stake his claim to be England’s first choice goalkeeper […]

Ashington AFC will be hoping to have created yet more FA Cup magic come 5pm on Saturday evening as they travel to Stocksbridge Park Steels in their Third Qualifying Round tie, with the Northumberland side looking to progress to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the tournament for the first time in over ten years. Ashington’s […]


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