Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner is a sports writer covering a range of North East sports. Before joining us in February 2005, he worked for the Liverpool Echo.

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Sunderland’s Connor Wickham fends off Real Betis’ Figueras Jordi to win a header at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland

Sunderland 2 Real Betis 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Sunderland are enjoying playing at Bishop Auckland, with both Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham finding the net

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet considering his striking options as pursuit of Fabio Borini continues

Sunderland manager desperate to add to his forward line despite Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham both scoring against Betis

Colin Cooper's not banking on an end to Hartlepool United's boom and bust

Colin Cooper has added three players with Uefa Cup experience to his squad, but he is still bracing himself for another season of highs and lows

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh

Graham Kavanagh: 'I needed men who could play but also scrap and fight for Carlisle United'

Graham Kavanagh’s Carlisle squad has been rebuilt with toughness and trust in mind, he tells Stuart Rayner

Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland

Fabio Borini keep Sunderland waiting as transfer saga goes on

Sunderland fans were hoping Jack Rodwell, Santiago Vergini and Fabio Borini would join yesterday, but only the Englishman's transfer was completed

Phil Mustard in action for Durham

Phil Mustard warned he will have to fight to keep his Durham place

With second-teamers starting to make a case for promotion, Jon Lewis has warned the likes of Phil Mustard they have a fight on their hands

Fab Flournoy and Dave Forrester talk tactics

Something old, something new for Newcastle Eagles next season

Newcastle Eagles will have some new faces at the back of the court next season, but assistant coach Dave Forrester insists the style will be unchanged

Durham celebrate a wicket as they powered to victory over Warwickshire at Gosforth yesterday

Mark Stoneman joins in on Durham's day of celebrations

There were plenty of landmarks yesterday, but few more important than Mark Stoneman's 50

Keaton Jennings

Keaton Jennings handed key role for Durham's match against Warwickshire

Youngster Keaton Jennings has been handed a key role in Durham's Royal London Cup plans

A Newcastle United fan arrives at the ground

Stuart Rayner: Do Newcastle United fans really want a team of homegrown players?

Most Newcastle United fans would probably tell you they would love a team of homegrown players. But would they really?

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