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Est. 2016 by #SAFC fans, for #SAFC fans - This is your Podcast! In association with @RokerReport and Vaux Brewery!

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Est. 2016 by #SAFC fans, for #SAFC fans - This is your Podcast! In association with @RokerReport and Vaux Brewery!

    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: SAFC Transfer chat - Reaction to the early signings of Wright and O'Brien!

    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: SAFC Transfer chat - Reaction to the early signings of Wright and O'Brien!

    Hey Lads and Lasses! Bit of an Editorial note: It's a busy time at RR HQ as we gear up for the new season, with Pods recording faster than they can be published, former hosts returning, huge (secret) projects underway with a plethora of Sunderland legends and a great deal more to come including the imminent releases of Interviews with Gus Poyet, Chris Makin, John Byrne, Paul Stewart, Andy Melville, Martin Smith, Graham Kavanagh, Matt Kilgallon and Steve Caldwell (To name a few) along with some more recent departures from the SAFC ranks. But we aren't stopping our usual roundups and reactions either so here we go. Just wanted to say thanks to our listeners for putting up with us, being patient and sticking with us through what has been a very strange year so far.


    We appreciate every single one of you, and we look forward to bringing you more of our noise in the coming 20/21 season! Cheers for listening!


    But what are we talking about today?


    This is a quick one for you all as Gav, Craig and Alex quickly came together to talk over some new (and sort of new) faces arriving back at the Stadium of Light in Australian International - Bailey Wright - and Republic of Ireland International - Aiden O'Brien - as the club looks to be making some movement in the transfer market and we start to get a look at what the squad may shape up like. As well as some talk about the players we may be looking at and what positions we feel need to be strengthened.


    Haway the Lads! FTM!
     
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    • 35 min
    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: With former Sunderland, Man City and QPR defender - Nedum Onuoha!

    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: With former Sunderland, Man City and QPR defender - Nedum Onuoha!

    Jonny caught up with Nedum at his home in Utah - where he's currently playing for Real Salt Lake in the MLS - to discuss his time at Sunderland through the 2010/11 season and a few of the highs and lows of his career so far.


    What are we talking about?


    - Leaving his beloved Manchester City for the first time after rising through the Etihad ranks as a youngster; How did the move come about?


    - What were his thoughts on arrival on Wearside, and just how strong a squad did we have back then?


    - The Incident and the aftermath; Our defeat to Newcastle a decade ago seemed to prompt a change for the better in that side, what does he think caused 'the incident' and how did the team respond behind the scenes to such a blow?


    - As the side recovered and regained momentum, Nedum decided to go all Lionel Messi to score a quite spectacular goal in our victory over then Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge; Was that shock on his face or something else? Some context for that pic from his point of view...


    - The loss of Darren Bent; How many of the squad saw that coming, did it significantly impact squad unity or morale or was it just one of those things?


    - Jordan Henderson; Did Nedum see the player he would become today, and was there anything holding him back at the time? (Editors note: I love this answer like)


    - His favourite players, his best mates in the group, and his relationship with then manager Steve Bruce; Was he offered the chance to sign permanently? Would he have liked to?


    - Leaving to join QPR with Ferdinand; How did all that go then?


    - Nedum breaks down the big differences between the English leagues and the MLS, as well as telling us all about that Zlatan Ibrahimovic meltdown;


    - His top 5 players and his favourite manager to work under, also... can he bring himself to watch Sunderland Til I Die?


    Great chat with a great player and character who helped us achieve our highest league finish since the Reid years, a player more than a few of us wanted to keep...


    Busy week for Pods coming Lads and Lasses. Enjoy!
     
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    • 30 min
    Roker Rapport Podcast: With former SAFC Captain, Coach and Assistant Manager - Paul Bracewell!

    Roker Rapport Podcast: With former SAFC Captain, Coach and Assistant Manager - Paul Bracewell!

    Chris Wynn had the opportunity to chat with Brace (while he was waiting for some football to resume) looking back at his three stints at the club as a player through the 80s and 90s and his years behind the scenes! You can listen for FREE on Acast, iTunes, Spotify, & YouTube - get stuck in!


    What are we talking about?


    - Back to the beginning: Joining the club under Alan Durban in 1983 as a young player on the up, and his thoughts on Alan and his vision as a manager.


    - Leaving us (the first time) to head to glory at Everton alongside Reidy in midfield in that incredible Toffees side of the mid 80s;


    - The injury - resulting from a typically hefty Billy Whitehurst challenge - that dogged his playing career, forced him to change his style of play and amplified his fixation with playing at all costs, any way he could;


    - Returning to Sunderland again under Denis Smith and the ride the Lads went on over that period;


    - His issues with the Sunderland boards decision to give him just a year’s contract that led to his move to Newcastle under Keegan;


    - His return again under Peter Reid as a player/Assistant manager and their title winning season together;


    - His decision to chase more playing time at Fulham; Did Reidy understand why he felt he had to leave when he did?


    - Paul's return to Sunderland.. Again.. This time working at the Academy of Light before being moved up to First Team Coach and then Assistant Manager for Dick Advocaat and Big Sam in their rescue mission seasons in the Prem;


    - His disappointment over the way it all ended as we finally dropped from the top flight under David Moyes; Did Sam leaving the way he did seriously impact the lads behind the scenes?


    - His role now as an Elite Development Coach and consultant for Spurs and Grow Football, and his hopes for Sunderland to regain their place as a top side as soon as possible;


    - Rushing off to watch the footy...


    Can’t understate how important this man has been for Sunderland over his 30+ year association with the club. A fantastic player, professional, captain, and coach.


    Been a hell of a ride for Brace!
     
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    • 53 min
    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: Reacting to the resignation of Sunderland AFC Chairman - Stewart Donald!

    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: Reacting to the resignation of Sunderland AFC Chairman - Stewart Donald!

    It's been quite the week. It's actually been quite the few days but aye, the lads convened an emergency pod that had to go out before the other emergency Pod to quickly react (with a touch of reality) to the news Stewart Donald came up north for the first time in ages, arranged a meeting alongside his cronies, insulted half the fanbase, then essentially told the fans they could buy the club for a mere £37,000,000 before implying once again that nothing is anything to do with him, but it is, but it isn't... then let his right hand men of the last couple years leave the club and then... resigned as Chairman.


    Aye.


    Sunlun.
     
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    • 30 min
    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: An Interview with former Sunderland winger and cult hero - Ross Wallace!

    ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: An Interview with former Sunderland winger and cult hero - Ross Wallace!

    Gav was joined by Ross to chat about his time at SAFC during the glorious 2006/07 title winning season under manager and former teammate Roy Keane and more. You can listen for FREE on Acast, iTunes, Spotify, & YouTube - get stuck in!


    What are we talking about?


    - What was it like moving from Celtic to Sunderland, and how much convincing did Ross need to make the move?


    - How was playing under notorious mackem lover - Mr Joey Barton - at Fleetwood?


    - The Keano era; What did Roy bring to the role of Manager, and does Ross think he should still be in the game?


    - Topless pics; Just how fond of wearing a top is Ross, and how did Roy react to the trouble he'd get in just celebrating a winner?


    - What were his favourite memories of his time at Sunderland, how did he feel about leaving the club and how close did he come to signing for us under Jack Ross?


    - What are his plans for the future, does he still feel the buzz back home in Scotland, and how fit is he feeling at the moment?


    Stories from behind the scenes, Keano's sense of humour, laughing at the lads stuck behind the bus, the incredible bond the squad had, the feeling of playing and scoring in front of the Sunderland fans and much, much more!
     
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    • 43 min
    Roker Rapport P*ssedcast: Business Time - Looking at Sunderland AFC’s business and fan policies!

    Roker Rapport P*ssedcast: Business Time - Looking at Sunderland AFC’s business and fan policies!

    Gav was joined last week in his studio/kitchen for a chat/drink with Tom Atkinson, Neil Graney (and a bottle of rum) over the state of affairs at SAFC currently.


    What are we talking about?


    Gav starts drinking...


    - The mystery of Sunderland finances, and the spectre of Charlie Methven and Co;


    - Fan engagement; The lads wax lyrical about the performance in that area, particularly since the pandemic began and the disillusionment fans feel regarding all things Sunderland.


    - The club sales pitch and specifically marketing policies; Do they have any, and if so... what are they exactly?


    Gav continues drinking...


    - What do those in charge of the club expect from the fans, and should they be offering more in return than mere soundbites and endless statements apologising for not understanding our point the first few dozen times?


    - What should the club be looking at in order to win fans back, regardless of who the owners are;


    - How does everyone feel about the season to come, how much pressure should be put on people like Dave Jones and Tom Sloanes, and just how much can the fanbase be put through before they disengage completely;


    Gav realises just how much he's drunk - Podcast ends.
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Great Podcast

Great job...keep up the good work!

Chad Jarvis ,

This show is awesome

These guys know there stuff I love the banter keep it up

apwestgarth ,

Invaluable and honest

Since moving to the US a couple of years ago I have a whole on my weekends where I would have spent my time following the lads at the Stadium of Light or elsewhere around the country. This podcast fills some of that gap with news and opinions about what is going on and added to the odd occasion I can watch the match on ESPN+ or SafcSEE this really helps me to stay in touch.

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