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Match ratings: Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Star man: Aston Villa's Idrissa Gana is sandwiched between two Sunderland players but he was the best player on the pitch at Villa Park

2:11pm Sunday 30th August 2015

0-1: M’Vila (8, curled a beautiful 25-yard free-kick in to Guzan’s top left corner after Graham was fouled)

Cattermole backed by Sunderland boss after penalty error

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:00am Sunday 30th August 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has given Lee Cattermole his full backing after the Sunderland midfielder conceded a second penalty in four Premier League outings during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

LIVE: Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:48am Saturday 29th August 2015

Chief Football Writer Paul Fraser brings you live updates from Sunderland's Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

Could history repeat itself for Boro after Robins rock Riverside?

Darlington and Stockton Times: On target: George Friend directs a header towards goal.

5:44am Monday 24th August 2015

FOUR league games into a season when Middlesbrough are being tipped to be challenging for an automatic promotion spot they have won just once.

Boro striker warns 'Robins defeat offers a sign of things to come'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Deflated: Yanic Wildschut trudges away after Bristol City take the lead at the Riverside through Joe Bryan

5:15am Monday 24th August 2015

DAVID NUGENT thinks Middlesbrough will have to learn how to break counter-attacking teams down quickly if they want to remain automatic promotion contenders for the rest of the season.

Match ratings: Middlesbrough 0 Bristol City 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top man: Ben Hamer made this save from Stuani and a number of others.

5:02pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

Goals:

Boro boss felt changes had to be made for City visit

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:14am Sunday 23rd August 2015

AITOR KARANKA has defended his decision to mix up his forward line and leave out in-form players after Middlesbrough suffered a first defeat of the season against Bristol City.

Middlesbrough 0 Bristol City 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:54pm Saturday 22nd August 2015

AN EARLY Joe Bryan goal proved enough to condemn Middlesbrough to a first defeat of the season to stun the Riverside Stadium.

Karanka always intended to give striker his Boro chance this season

Darlington and Stockton Times: On song: Kike celebrates scoring against Bolton

5:55am Saturday 22nd August 2015

KIKE could quite easily have gone into his shell after watching Middlesbrough spend £7.6m on two new strikers this summer, and there is still a chance of more attacking reinforcements at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro's bootroom banter

Darlington and Stockton Times: Scorer: David Nugent, celebrating a goal for Burnley, wants to be doing this in a Boro shirt soon

5:27am Saturday 22nd August 2015

Let’s do it all again then

Father-like Sunderland boss doing his best to turn things around

Darlington and Stockton Times: Barclays Premier league match: Sunderland v Norwich City at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland players after Norwich's first goal scored by Russell Martin. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (35257740)

4:39am Saturday 22nd August 2015

WHEN Dick Advocaat sat in the media lounge at the Stadium of Light following last Saturday’s defeat to Norwich City, he had the look of a beaten man. For someone who has led managed at World Cups and guided teams to league and cup successes, the experienced Dutchman appeared shell-shocked after what he had witnessed.

Karanka understands defender's decision to turn Boro down

Darlington and Stockton Times: Back on Teesside: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez battles for the ball with Middlesbrough's Ryan Fredericks (right) during last season's FA Cup fifth round tie at the Emirates Stadium.

5:20am Friday 21st August 2015

AITOR KARANKA insists he does not have an axe to grind with Ryan Fredericks as the Bristol City defender prepares to return to Teesside for the first time since turning down a return to Middlesbrough.

Sunderland look to Italy for double transfer deal

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wanted: Former Swansea City man Jonathan de Guzman is interesting Sunderland

6:40am Friday 21st August 2015

SUNDERLAND are just as close to losing a member of their first team squad as they are to strengthening Dick Advocaat’s team after a frustrating start to the new season.

Storm and Parry start well in Denmark

Darlington and Stockton Times: England's Graeme Storm during day two of the 2015 BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 22, 2015. See PA story GOLF Wentworth. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS:

5:43pm Thursday 20th August 2015

TWO North-East golfers are in the thick of things after the first day of action at the Made in Demark European Tour event.

'We know - now it's time to put things right' says under-fire Sunderland new-boy Kaboul

Darlington and Stockton Times: Awful start: Sunderland's Younes Kaboul is trying to turn things around after a horror show at Leicester and then against Norwich

5:59am Thursday 20th August 2015

YOUNES KABOUL has delivered his own honest assessment of Sunderland’s nightmare start to the new season and claims he does not need pundits telling him how bad things have been.

Darlington youngster shares prestigious title at South Moor

Darlington and Stockton Times: Winners: Darlington's Harrison Hodgson and Sheffield's Barclay Brown

5:24am Thursday 20th August 2015

A TEENAGE golfer from Darlington is celebrating after claiming a prestigious title to further enhance his rapidly rising reputation.

Stockton golfers celebrate rare double ace

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hole-in-ones: Philip Moore and Kevin Donald

6:03pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

TWO Eaglescliffe golfers could not believe it when they both returned to the clubhouse with hole-in-ones – during the same competition.

Newcastle seal £12m deal for French flyer Thauvin as Cabella departs

Darlington and Stockton Times: French finisher: Florian Thauvin has completed his medical and is ready for a £12m move from Marseille to Newcastle

7:40pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED have confirmed they have taken their summer spending towards the £50m barrier by landing exciting French forward Florian Thauvin.

Rockliffe Hall experiences a Matt finish in pro event

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rockliffe Hall experiences a Matt finish in pro event

5:35pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

CHIP off the old block Matthew Webb achieved a rare sequence of results when he won the PGA North Assistants' North East North West Championship at Rockliffe Hall.

What is going wrong at Sunderland? The fan's view

Darlington and Stockton Times: Barclays Premier league match: Sunderland v Norwich City at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (35257797)

6:55am Tuesday 18th August 2015

Leicester City sitting at the top of the Premier League is something of a surprise even after just two matches.

Sunderland to suffer further frustration as ex-player blasts the club

Darlington and Stockton Times: Has been? Sunderland's Jermain Defoe is one of the players who has been criticised by the club's former defender Michael Gray

5:44am Tuesday 18th August 2015

ROBERTO MANCINI has been given the go-ahead to take Fabio Borini to Inter Milan and that could leave Sunderland even more frustrated on the transfer front.

Karanka thinks it was the right time for Boro to spend

Darlington and Stockton Times: Talented: Diego Fabbrini celebrates with team-mates after scoring his first Boro goal

5:23am Tuesday 18th August 2015

AITOR KARANKA has defended Middlesbrough’s spending spree in the Championship this summer as he considers a further dip into the transfer market.

Magpies defender aims for special trip to Old Trafford as McClaren closes in on Thauvin

Darlington and Stockton Times: Last outing: Steven Taylor celebrates scoring for Newcastle when he last started a game on New Year's Day

5:20am Tuesday 18th August 2015

STEVEN TAYLOR is in line to make his first Newcastle United start since the turn of the year this weekend when he hopes to be part of “something special” to kick-start the season at Old Trafford.

Newcastle boss urges referees to give £12m man a chance as search for signings goes on

Darlington and Stockton Times: Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic (right) is shown a yellow card by referee Mike Jones during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Swan

5:52am Monday 17th August 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has urged match officials to give Aleksandar Mitrovic a chance, or run the risk of ruining a big part of the game that would also see the likes of Diego Costa become weaker players.

Nothing 'naive' about the Swans after showing Newcastle how to do it

Darlington and Stockton Times: Swansea City's Andre Ayew (third right) scores his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo

5:13am Monday 17th August 2015

NO matter how ‘naive’ Steve McClaren thinks Garry Monk was with his post-match comments at the Liberty Stadium, the Newcastle United head coach would certainly have liked to be in his Swansea City counterpart’s shoes.

Player Ratings: Swansea 2 Newcastle United 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:25pm Sunday 16th August 2015

Player ratings from Newcastle's 2 - 0 loss to Swansea City at Liberty Stadium.

Quakers boss ready for opener after adding Gibbons to his ranks

Darlington and Stockton Times: EvoStik league match at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland: Darlington v Radcliffe Borough.  Darlington manager Martin Gray.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH. (35210990)

5:53am Saturday 15th August 2015

MARTIN GRAY has formed his best squad for the toughest challenge yet as Darlington manager ahead of today’s opening game in the Evo-Stik Premier.

Nugent finally on Teesside to spearhead Boro promotion push

Darlington and Stockton Times: Nugent finally on Teesside to spearhead Boro promotion push

5:34am Saturday 15th August 2015

A LITTLE smile rises across David Nugent’s face when he fields questions in the media suite at Middlesbrough’s Rockliffe Park training headquarters. He had just been reminded that he could have been sat in the same room eight years ago.

'Nugent not Rhodes was Boro's No 1 choice' claims Karanka

5:16am Saturday 15th August 2015

AITOR KARANKA insists new signing David Nugent was always his primary striker target this summer – and thinks Middlesbrough have got far greater value for money than paying £15m to Blackburn for Jordan Rhodes.

Hignett and Co officially launch Reds Academy

Darlington and Stockton Times: Old boys: Jim Platt, Bernie Slaven, Gary Pallister, Craig Hignett and Curtis Fleming are coaching young footballers

5:11am Saturday 15th August 2015

FOUR former Middlesbrough footballers are offering youngsters the chance to get tips from the top after joining forces to launch a new academy.

Boot room banter: Middlesbrough v Bolton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Starters: Cristhian Stuani and Diego Fabbrini shone at Oldham on Wednesday

5:09pm Friday 14th August 2015

Is Cristhian Stuani ready?

Boro boss ends Rhodes chase after landing Foxes striker Nugent

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:10pm Friday 14th August 2015

AITOR KARANKA has brought an end to his pursuit of Jordan Rhodes after landing David Nugent from Leicester City following an even longer chase.

Darlington golfer heads for Sweden to continue development

Darlington and Stockton Times: Good form: Rockliffe Hall's Ellie Givens is shining on Tour

8:42am Thursday 13th August 2015

ELLIE GIVENS is ready to go back to the Access Series to further her career, but only out of choice rather than necessity.

Double England joy plus other North-East golf news

Darlington and Stockton Times: Double England joy plus other North-East golf news

5:54pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

TWO young North-East golfers are celebrating call-ups for their country.

Pipe's perfect trip to the Firestone

Darlington and Stockton Times: Winners: Ray Pipe, left, pictured with Shane Lowery and Ger Breen

5:17pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

AN amateur golfer from Darlington, who won a trip of a lifetime to watch the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, met victorious Irishman Shane Lowry for photos and autographs afterwards.

Sunderland could end up with Januzaj and Rhodes this month

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wanted: Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj (left)

5:28am Wednesday 12th August 2015

SUNDERLAND are in need of a much-needed lift and have received a timely double boost in efforts to strengthen Dick Advocaat’s squad – if the Dutchman wants to act on it.

'We can score goals, but a new striker would be nice' admits Boro man

Darlington and Stockton Times: Adam Clayton of Middlesbrough during the  championship Football match between Preston North End and Middlesbrough  at deepdale , preston   on the 9th august 2015 Football League Agreement Number    FLGE/15/16/P5385  Self billing applies where appropriate

5:03am Tuesday 11th August 2015

ADAM CLAYTON thinks Aitor Karanka already has the players capable of firing Middlesbrough to promotion, but admits another front man would give the squad a welcome boost after an unspectacular start to the new campaign.

Boro look for attacking improvements

Darlington and Stockton Times: Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough

6:11pm Sunday 9th August 2015

THIS was not the way Aitor Karanka wanted the promotion favourites to start the new Championship season, with Middlesbrough struggling to breakdown the newcomers fresh out of League One.

Preston 0 Middlesbrough 0: No winning start at Deepdale for Boro

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter tackles York City's Tom Platt  Picture by Gordon Clayton

1:58pm Sunday 9th August 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH had to make do with a point from their opening game of the new Championship season at Preston North End this afternoon.

Comment: A trophy success would be the perfect start for McClaren

Darlington and Stockton Times: Spotlight: Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren wants to have a special rapport with the fans

6:23am Saturday 8th August 2015

PICTURE the scene: Newcastle United are in need of a positive result on the final day of the Premier League season to preserve top-flight status.

Ellis Short hoping short-term option leads to long-term success

Darlington and Stockton Times: Decision maker: Sunderland owner Ellis Short is banking on success under Dick Advocaat

5:58am Saturday 8th August 2015

WHEN Ellis Short turned to Paolo Di Canio and then Gus Poyet to lead Sunderland, the intention was to plan for the future and the longer term.

McClaren geared up for Premier League return with Magpies - and isn't dreaming of anything else

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ready: Newcastle United's head coach Steve McClaren is all set for his first Premier League game in charge of the Magpies.

5:55am Saturday 8th August 2015

TO SAY that Steve McClaren was only thinking about himself when he was Middlesbrough manager would be harsh. He was, though, undeniably a man with a determination to hit the top of his profession and lead his country.

Fans played their part in keeping Karanka on Teesside says Boro chief

Darlington and Stockton Times: OLD HANDS: Aitor Karanka, pictured at Rockliffe Park yesterday, is determined to add some experience to the Middlesbrough ranks (34477017)

5:38am Saturday 8th August 2015

STEVE GIBSON has described how the supporters’ affection helped persuade Aitor Karanka to commit to a new four-year contract as Middlesbrough head coach.

Advocaat dreaming of more signings and a Sunderland success story

Darlington and Stockton Times: Confident: Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has had an encouraging pre-season

5:35am Saturday 8th August 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT thinks Sunderland can raise the bar this season and wants two more big name signings before the end of the month to improve their chances.

Jeremain Lens describes life in Ukraine and his hopes at Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hopes: Sunderland's Jeremain Lens

5:32am Saturday 8th August 2015

FOR someone who has had to spend the last 18 months trying to focus on his football with a threat of war hanging over him, perhaps it is understandable that Jeremain Lens is no longer too concerned about competing for titles and playing in the Champions League.

Comment: Gibson has backed Boro boss and now Karanka must deliver

Darlington and Stockton Times: Promotion targets: Aitor Karanka, pictured on his first day alongside chairman Steve Gibson, has Premier League aims

5:13am Saturday 8th August 2015

IT does not seem too long ago when there were a few Middlesbrough fans wondering if Steve Gibson had lost his appetite to take his beloved club back to the Premier League.

Boot room banter: Three of the main issues facing Magpies boss McClaren ahead of opener

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEVILMENT: Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic during the pre-season friendly match at York City on Wednesday. Picture: LYNNE CAMERON

5:51pm Friday 7th August 2015

A look at some of the decisions to be made by Steve McClaren this weekend

Advocaat keen to make Sunderland tick from the off

Darlington and Stockton Times: IDEAL MAN: Dick Advocaat’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season - but he should be handed a longer-term deal

1:02pm Friday 7th August 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT would have liked things to have been a little smoother but, after taking the dramatic u-turn to stay as Sunderland head coach for a further 12 months, he wanted new signings and he has got them.

McClaren ready to lead Magpies in to exciting new era

Darlington and Stockton Times: Planning: Steve McClaren and his notes have been a common sight during pre-season

1:02pm Friday 7th August 2015

WITH meticulous notes tucked firmly under his arm regularly this summer, Steve McClaren has outlined a determination to leave no stone unturned in his bid to lead brighter times back to Newcastle United.

McClaren warms up for season with a dig at former boss and new deal for Coloccini

Darlington and Stockton Times: COLO NO-GO: Fabricio Coloccini is not leaving Newcastle for Crystal Palace

5:47am Friday 7th August 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has directed a swipe at former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew after Fabricio Coloccini decided to extend his stay at St James’ Park.

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