Monday, May 07, 2007

Good news for the North East of England

The first piece of good news is that Sunderland have not only gained promotion to the Premiere League but they did it by winning the Championship League! Not bad for a team that started the season at the bottom after losing their first four games!

Keane takes Sunderland to Championship title: Sunderland put the icing on Roy Keane's first season in charge by winning the League Championship title on Sunday. Their 5-0 win at relegated Luton Town coupled with Birmingham City's 1-0 defeat at Preston North End sent the Wearsiders into the Premier League as champions. Keane, who guided Manchester United to seven Premier League titles in his time as a player, took charge in August with Sunderland bottom of the table after losing their first four games.

When I was growing up in the area I was a devote Newcastle United supporter but after moving to the US and being away for so many years, I have become a supporter of both local teams. My hope is that now Sunderland has made it back to the Premiere League (and in such glory), it will give Newcastle a good kick in the butt and encourage them to get out of the doldrums they have been wallowing in for the past couple of disappointing years.

The other good news is that the Church of Scientology of Sunderland has purchased a new MUCH bigger building and will move into it after renovations are completed. This means that the North East will soon have a major Scientology Church with the capability of delivering services to thousands of people!

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