Articles by: Chris Thornley

  • Sunderland's Paddy McNair (floor) scores which is later disallowed for handball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

    Sunderland finally relegated after home defeat to Burton Albion

    April 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Sunderland slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Burton Albion on Saturday which condemned the Black Cats to the third tier of English football for the first time since the 1987-88 season. Sunderland once again took the lead through Paddy McNair but once again surrendered the lead when former Sunderland striker […]

  • Sunderland's Paddy McNair celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the match with Sunderland's Ashley Fletcher

    Time running out for Sunderland after throwing away another lead against Reading

    April 16, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Sunderland’s brief spell in the Championship looks to be drawing to a close as they relinquished another lead at the Madejski Stadium during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Reading to return to the foot of the table. After Liam Kelly’s opener from the penalty spot, goals from Paddy McNair and Lee […]

  • Northern Ireland's Aidan Walsh (red) v England's Pat McCormack (blue) during the Men's Welter (69kg) final at Oxenford Studios during day ten of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.

    Pat McCormack claims Commonwealth gold as twin brother Luke has to settle for bronze

    April 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Sunderland born Welterweight Pat McCormack delivered on his aim for a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with a unanimous victory over Northern Irish opponent Aidan Walsh in the final on Saturday. McCormack who competed at both the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has […]

  • Preview: Sunderland travel to Reading as relegation looms

    Preview: Sunderland travel to Reading as relegation looms

    April 13, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Sunderland face another season defining game tomorrow when they line up against Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Chris Coleman has issued a rallying cry ahead of the game with Sunderland currently sat six points behind Bolton Wanderers and safety. Coleman told the Sunderland Echo: “If Tuesday was a must, must-win, then […]

  • George Honeyman, Sunderland

    Sunderland suffer late blow as draw to Norwich dents survival hopes

    April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Sunderland’s bid to avoid relegation from the Championship was dealt a blow last night as Norwich secured a point with an 89th minute equaliser at the Stadium of Light. George Honeyman had given the Black Cats a valuable lead mid way through the second half but Sunderland couldn’t add to […]

  • Boxing Twins Pat (left) and Luke McCormack pose for a photo at Birtley boxing club, Gateshead.

    McCormack twins guarantee boxing medals at Commonwealth Games

    April 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Twin brothers Pat and Luke McCormack have guaranteed themselves medals at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia after advancing to the semi-finals. The Sunderland born boxers, who train at Birtley ABC and are coached by Graeme Rutherford, were impressive in their quarter-final victories as they continue their […]

  • England U21's Jake Clarke-Salter (right) and Romania U21's Virgil Ghita battle for the ball during the U21 international friendly match at Molineux, Wolverhampton.

    Sunderland players represent their nations on international duty

    March 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Several of Sunderland’s players were picked by their national sides over the past week, from first teamers to players out on loan. Adams Matthews was a late addition for the Wales squad as they played in the China Cup in Nanning. The first game against hosts China ended 6-0 to […]

  • Sunderland's Joel Asoro

    Preview: Sunderland travel to Loftus Road to face QPR

    March 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    On Saturday Sunderland face an away trip to London for the second time in as many weeks when the Black Cats face QPR at Loftus Road. There are only ten more games for Chris Coleman’s squad to try and pull themselves away from the Championship relegation places but, as it […]

  • Aston Villa's Lewis Grabban scores his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

    Sunderland dismal in defeat to Aston Villa

    March 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    First half goals from Lewis Grabban and James Chester as well as a second half own goal from Bryan Oviedo saw Sunderland slump to a 3-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa. Coming into the game of the back of a well earned draw away to Millwall at the weekend […]

  • Sunderland Manager Chris Coleman

    Preview: Sunderland host Middlesbrough as they bid for survival

    February 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Sitting bottom of the Championship table as February ends is never a good position to be in and many Sunderland fans will be fearing the worst as Middlesbrough travel up the road to the Stadium of Light tomorrow. Manager Chris Coleman has called on his squad to adopt “a siege […]