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Papa John’s Trophy Report: AFC Sunderland 1-1 Bradford City



AFC Sunderland 1-1 Bradford City – the Black Cats secure top spot in group F as BCAFC claim a bonus point on penalties.

Following their 1-1 draw with Bradford City on Tuesday night, Sunderland will face a home fixture in the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy. 

The home side had a lot of the ball during the opening stages but having failed to take advantage of possession, Bradford took the lead in the 36th minute thanks to a tap-in from Theo Robinson.

The Bantams led at the break, but a brilliant effort from on-loan Everton striker Nathan Broadhead on 52 minutes levelled the game for the Black Cats after he fired a powerful half-volley into the bottom corner.

Sunderland searched for a winner in the closing stages but after a crucial last-ditch block stopped Will Harris’ shot heading towards the Bradford goal the game finished 1-1.

Despite both sides knowing their fate before the penalty shoot-out, the away side came out 4-2 winners courtesy of Gareth Evans’ spot-kick which was smashed into the back of the net – giving his side the bonus point. 

Manager Lee Johnson made seven changes from the home defeat to Mansfield in the FA cup and gave a number of opportunities for the younger players to impress. Ollie Younger, Harrison Sohna and Kenton Richardson all featured with last years final scorer Lyndon Gooch playing left-back.

German Under-20 Forward Dajaku did his best to give Sunderland a response to falling a goal behind but his well-struck effort wasn’t enough to beat the Bradford Goalkeeper.

Richardson went close on the stroke of half-time but the Bantams went into the break 1-0 up. Sunderland equalised quickly in the second half and continued to push for a winner.

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Midfielder Elloit Watt’s effort went wide for the visitors but the closest either side came to victory was when Alex Pritchard’s free-kick cannoned off the cross-bar in injury time.

Despite the away side already being out of the competition, Bradford went on to claim a bonus point having won the penalty shootout as Evans slammed his spot-kick home from 12 yards.

The Black Cats will play the next round at the Stadium Of Light as they are poised to continue their defence of the trophy. The draw for the last 32 takes place on Saturday. 

The next fixture for Sunderland sees Ipswich Town travel to Wearside on the 20th November – can the home side put an end to their disappointing form?

Let us know your thoughts and join in the conversation on our social media pages…


Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend



Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team



A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.


He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen



Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.




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