Chris Craddock

Chris Craddock

Author in VAVEL

Chris is a journalist based in Sheffield in the UK. He produces and presents his own radio show on Forge Radio and writes a blog about the current affairs of the Steel City and his beloved Birmingham City FC. Passionate football fan and avid rugby follower.
Black Cats fail to find any bite against a dogged Wolves

Football

Black Cats fail to find any bite against a dogged Wolves

It may be too little too late for bottom of the league Wolves but they showed they were going down fighting till the end as they took on a Sunderland side with little to play for.
A Cup Tie of Two Wingers

Sunderland AFC

A Cup Tie of Two Wingers

The Premier League's two most industrious team go head-to-head for a chance to play at Wembley and both sides' left wingers stole the show. Sometimes not for the right reasons.
O'Neil looks to celebrate his 60th birthday with a Tyne-Wear victory

Sunderland AFC

O'Neil looks to celebrate his 60th birthday with a Tyne-Wear victory

The latest instalment of this fiercely fought contest between two of the biggest clubs in the north-east is given a extra dimension with Martin O'Neil turning around the fortunes of Sunderland. Now the Black Cats and Newcastle are fighting for European qualification and Martin has a bit of magic about him when it comes to landmark birthdays.
The league's most-in-form team go up against its most prolific striker

Sunderland AFC

The league's most-in-form team go up against its most prolific striker

Chris Craddock previews Sunderland's clash against Arsenal this Sunday. KO 15:00

International Football

The Good, the Bad and the Capello

The hard-nosed Italian manager's time as England manager was filled with many highs, plenty of lows and at times it was down right ugly.

Sunderland AFC

Black Cats claw their way through to the fourth round of the FA Cup

A dull first half at the Riverside exploded into life when Jack Colback thundered in a wonderful volley after 42 minutes for Sunderland but Middlesbrough hit back quick after the as Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his first goal for the club. The two teams couldn’t be separated and extra time was

Sunderland AFC

Sunderland faces replay against Boro

As Middlesbrough prepare for the replay against Sunderland in the FA Cup, not much has changed in the form of the two teams. The Black Cats, despite the minor blip against their Tees-Wear rivals, have continued their fine form under O’Neil by thrashing Norwich at home then sneaking a win
Martin's Magic defies the Money Madness of the Premier League

Premier League

Martin's Magic defies the Money Madness of the Premier League

When Martin O’Neil left Aston Villa on August 9th 2010 it was because the club and its owner, Randy Leaner, were not ambitious as the Northern Irish manager. Now almost two years on, the most entertaining sideline spectacle has returned to Sunderland, a club that holds a special place in his heart. But

Sunderland AFC

Cool Campbell saves Sunderland

A cool finish from the returning Frazier Campbell spared the blushes at the Stadium of Light as a resilient Middlesbrough held the premier league side to a 1-1 draw. Barry Robson produced the only real moment of magic in the first half after 16 minutes with a crisp volley after a

Sunderland AFC

Cup Magic in the Tees-Wear derby

With the media’s attention firmly fixed on the Manchester United vs. Liverpool FA cup tie, the Tees-Wear derby has slipped under the radar. But the 140th clash of Middlesbrough and Sunderland in this competition still holds huge significance for both sets of fans for very different reasons. The Black Cats are still
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