David Preece

David Preece: North East once a hot bed of football, now it’s being dragged across the coals

It all started so well. The alarm on my iPhone went off at 6.30am. I’d left the curtains open so the sunlight would force me up and out of bed. It did.

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Steven Gerrard.

David Preece: Academy pressure can leave kids hating game they once loved

In football utopia, all footballers would be as balletic in their movements as Rudolf Nureyev with the deftness of touch Michaelangelo had with a paintbrush.

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Jordan Pickford: Bidding war on the way for Sunderland's outstanding young keeper.

David Preece: Outdated Sunderland need this football revolution

In the end, it was a procession. Manchester United never really had to move out of second gear and when they did put their foot down, invariably they scored.

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Comedian Jim Davidson sprang to David Moyes defence

David Preece: Let’s not turn clock back to 1970s – David Moyes’ comments wouldn’t have been funny then, either

There are still some men who think there is no place in football for women. It’s a man’s game, you see.

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Jermain Defoe scored for England during the international break

David Preece: How I feared a Mafia hit one international break – but it was just a marriage proposal

International breaks aren’t something to be looked forward to these days. Except, perhaps, by the players who are left behind, giving them the chance to sun themselves in Dubai for a few days.

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The old Vaux brewery

David Preece: Sunderland as a city and club must fight apathy and connect with people again

When I left home, I vowed I’d never return to Sunderland to live until I had become a success.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shares a joke with Raheem Sterling during the training session at the City Football Academy

David Preece: Pep Guardiola knows benefit of having his Manchester City team looking like winners

I’ve always prescribed to the notion ‘If you look good, you feel good’.

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Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings (left) and Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

David Preece: Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic kerfuffle is an age-old physical battle in football

I wouldn’t say I’m mad.

Leicester City's players responded to Claudio Ranieri's exit with an impressive performance to thump Liverpool. Picture by Frank Reid

David Preece: Players’ views on managers invaluable – if clubs can trust their opinions

I’ve got a question for you: Who do you think are the people in a football club best placed to judge whether there’s a need for a change of manager or not?

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Wayne Shaw eating a pie during the game. Photo: BBC1

David Preece: I won’t scoff at Sutton United’s Wayne Shaw over pie affair

I wore a pair of gold boots in a game once.

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Bradley Lowery after he fell asleep on Sunderland football player Jermain Defo

The story of Sunderland’s Bradley Lowery and Jermain Defoe might just be the most touching of them all

The day they began to pull down Roker Park was a sad one for us all.

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Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League last season.

David Preece: Ranieri needs to get a grip or it’s destination Championship for Leicester City

Momentum moves with great force in both directions. Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City are finding that out this season.

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Sunderland manager David Moyes and his backroom staff in the dug out at Burnley

David Preece: No direction and little hope ... feels like Groundhog Day again for Sunderland

I love Groundhog Day. Have you seen it? The film starring Bill Murray where his character relives the same day over and over. Brilliant isn’t it?

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Dmitri Payet

Football clubs, like West Ham, have no right to play the loyalty card

Let’s get one thing straight. Loyalty in football is the preserve of the supporters. They are the ones who maintain it and make sure the game isn’t just a barren wasteland inhabited only by the fickle and the flaky.

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England failed spectacularly at Euro 2016 losing to minnows Iceland in the first knockout stage.

David Preece: Expanded World Cup is fine if it gives us more teams like Iceland and not ‘boring’ England

This week’s football furore comes via the man in charge of swelling FIFA’s coffers, Gianni Infantino.

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David Preece: Winter breaks are great – I hung out with P Diddy, J-Lo and Britney!

The winter break discussion.

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Bob Bradley was sacked as Swansea manager after just 11 games

David Preece: Why Bob Bradley didn’t stand chance despite being just one point worse off than Sam Allardyce’s first 11 games at Sunderland

There’s an indefinable quality that some managers have that sets them apart from others.

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Christian Eriksen: not a bad player, even as a 16-year-old kid

David Preece: How Spurs star Christian Eriksen took the mickey out of me, aged just 16

Season 2009-10 was my “Year of the Back Spasm”. I’d moved to Odense to challenge for the number one jersey with their Polish keeper, Arek Onyszko.

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Peter Reid

David Preece: The Sunderland Christmas party that saw Madonna, Hitler, a punch-up and Peter Reid happy with the outcome

Early December sees months of painstaking planning executed by footballers all over the country.

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Paul Stewart

I was star-struck by my Sunderland team-mate Paul Stewart – but I’m even more in awe of him now

From the moment I first stepped into the same Sunderland dressing room as Paul Stewart, I was in awe of him.

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