There was a photograph of Grant Leadbitter on his knees on the final whistle against Portsmouth. It screamed. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

He was down by the sea again, down at a spot where he went fishing as a boy. Roker Pier, the lighthouse at the end, Grant Leadbitter would throw his l(...)

John O’Shea (right) of Sunderland is challenged by Mirco Antenucci of Leeds United  at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Andrew Yates / Reuters

Sunderland 1 Leeds United 0Shortly before kick-off several members of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup-winning team were presented to the crowd. The only sham(...)

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson did not expect to play every week for Manchester City, just more than once a month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

This is no time for soundbites. But you could feel the hand of history tapping shoulders in Sunderland on Wednesday afternoon. There was(...)