Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html en-gb 30 Sat 29 Aug 2015 16:59:03 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html Neil http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=97#comment38 Hi Michael,a good honest blog.I posted a few weeks ago saying I hope when we go away,we play with pride,we certainly did at Preston.A question I would like to ask you for your opinion or insight is when the opposing team have a corner we bring every man back into the area,leaving nobody upfield.This means there's 21(sometimes 22) players in a crowded box.If we left 2 or 3 players upfield surely the opposing team has to keep players back to mark them against a breakaway,meaning less players in the box,more room and also gives the goalkeeper a better chance of collecting the ball.A typical example was the last few minutes of that Preston match when they had about 4 or 5 corners in the last few minutes and the box was crowded.Even Alan was concerned we would let a goal in and come away with nothing,Is there an explanation why teams today defend corners in this way Michael?,when in the past there was always 2 or 3 defenders back.Regards Neil Fri 26 Mar 2010 00:31:35 GMT+1 devley1888 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=94#comment37 Good blog mate...shocking result for the hoops last night!!However, would love to see you come off the fence sometimes and give some proper opinions on players & coaches etc... Thu 25 Mar 2010 09:15:56 GMT+1 devley1888 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=92#comment36 Good blog, hope you enjoyed your time at celtic park!!However would like you to come down from sitting on the fence all the time... Wed 24 Mar 2010 17:28:30 GMT+1 Wayne http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=89#comment35 Thanks for another great blog Michael.May have been asked before but how many more seasons do you feel you have left in you and what would you like to do after retiring(Coach, Scout, Pundit)?BTW: No offense intended! Tue 23 Mar 2010 23:15:09 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=87#comment34 reply to no 23You remember the good bits but i bet you couldnt wait for the game to finish?There was only one team going to win near the end of the game and it wasnt preston.Very entertaining game though and you were the better team in the first half. Mon 22 Mar 2010 23:12:04 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=84#comment33 reply to no 22Its a mistake in my blog so thanks for pointing it out.Ofcourse im still a sunderland fan, Always was and always will be. Mon 22 Mar 2010 23:09:15 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=82#comment32 reply to no 21Yes we have a great chance of staying up. Our squad looks strong and the hunger is back in our game, the confidence is high at the moment from recent perforances so lets keep marching on. Maybe the playoffs are out of reach for you but you have done great under your new management. Mon 22 Mar 2010 23:07:07 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=79#comment31 reply to no 19I think it comes down to the individual really.Im not going to say ive been squeeky clean all of my carreer but there is so much media coverage these days that you have to be the complete proffessional.Commited to your job 100%. We are all human and people make mistakes. I say remember them as great footballers. Mon 22 Mar 2010 23:03:09 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=76#comment30 reply to no 16I must admit it took me a long time to get over the penalty miss. It has to go down as my low point.As for favourite memory, I would probably say my debut but there are plenty others i could choose. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:58:49 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=74#comment29 reply to no 15HaHa thanks for reminding me. All the old stickers from the pannini books were been passed around the dressing room the other day, I have to say I did cringe a few times. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:55:59 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=71#comment28 reply to no 13Darren and James have probably been our most consistant players throughout the season so its nice that people are starting to recognise that. Eight games to go and lets try and win as many as we can. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:53:54 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=69#comment27 reply to no 10Thanx for your comments and the tash will get a mention again. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:50:07 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=66#comment26 reply to no 9Been on the bench for the last few games but have probably played more games than i thought i would this season.I still get that buzz of exitement when i pull that shirt on and hope it continues. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:48:32 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=64#comment25 reply to no 7Ive been very fortunate to play in some great games over my carreer so it would be hard to mention my favourite. You mention the steel city derby and i have to say, What an atmosphere. I was a bit taken back as to how passionate it was. Lets hope its not to long before wednsday are fighting it out in the premiership. One step at a time though.We are always hearing things about a takeover. Maybe its a matter of time but the chairman has done a great job and deserves alot of credit. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:45:09 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=61#comment24 reply to no 2Thanx for the idea.Who did you have in mind when you mention the food?Although i have done a couple of blogs where i speak about my preparation before games. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:36:38 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=58#comment23 reply to no 1Hello there,I would like to go back to sunderland a soak up the atmosphere a few times before i consider working for them. Just to go back there and enjoy the football with no pressure on you will be quite strange. Who knows what the future holds. Mon 22 Mar 2010 22:34:39 GMT+1 Heysham White http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=56#comment22 "I was sat on the bench and you see things a bit differently, but Preston hadn't looked like scoring until they went 1-0 up"You mean apart from when we hit the bar and produce 2 or 3 good saves from your keeper in the 28 minutes before we scored...? Sat 20 Mar 2010 12:57:14 GMT+1 Booker http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=53#comment21 "I was a Sunderland fan" - come on Michael, you still are - you can feel your love for the club between the lines of your blog. Which is the first result you look for each weekend? Having been baptised into football at the Roker Park Fulwell End, you will never get that out of your system whether you like it or. There's been many a time over the last 45 years that I'd wished I wasn't a Mackem, but the fact is I always got that child-like thrill when I went to Roker, and still do at the SoL. Sat 20 Mar 2010 10:50:54 GMT+1 spoon1987 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=51#comment20 good blog. how do you rate wednesdays chances of survival? you mentioned your bad result against reading, im a big reading fan, do you think reading still have a chance of the play offs after their recent revival and fa cup run?also check out my blog:http://footballthetruth.blogspot.com/ Sat 20 Mar 2010 01:51:47 GMT+1 mackeminthemiddle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=48#comment19 would love to see you back home where you belong one day, michael! great blog. Fri 19 Mar 2010 20:45:50 GMT+1 Aveyard01 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=46#comment18 Michael, the one thing I want to know is, as a premiership/international level player, how tempting is it to stray off track as it were. There are frequently stories of players bad behaviour, Marlon King, John Terry etc to name a few.Are there shady characheters who linger on the peripheral, or is the player just that way inclined?I can imagine, say a theo walcot or Freddy Adu, who was a high profile player at a young age losing touch with reality. Is this a problem in football? Fri 19 Mar 2010 17:04:18 GMT+1 wq0pco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=43#comment17 This post has been Removed Fri 19 Mar 2010 15:49:08 GMT+1 Millers_eagle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=41#comment16 I live in Sheffield and as a Palace fan all my friends seem to see Palace as a derby, whether they're a Blade, Owl, Barnsley or Donny. It's always good humour. Ideally I wouldn't like to see Wednesday go down but come the last game of the season if it's us or your boys then so be it.Always a good read, but don't expect any cheers come the final day of the season ;-) Fri 19 Mar 2010 15:43:12 GMT+1 malaymac http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=38#comment15 Another good article Mickey. When you think back to your old clubs, I know there are a helluva lot of Sunderland supporters who still hold you in high esteem and will always be thankful for the good times you gave at SAFC. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but does the nightmare of the 4-4 play off final at Wembley and the lottery of the penalties give you nightmares and rank as your lowest point ?And what will be your happiest memory of life in a Sunderland shirt ? Fri 19 Mar 2010 14:20:49 GMT+1 CollingwoodFTM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=35#comment14 Good blog Mickey Lad. You gave us many great memories whilst you were at Sunderland, and many not so great hair cuts.Cheers & good luck for the rest of the season. ;-) Fri 19 Mar 2010 14:04:18 GMT+1 SB PRESTON http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=33#comment13 Very good to see Alan Irvine get a good reception at Deepdale. We had Alan and Billy Davies back within 3 days and the difference in reception could not have been more marked. Fri 19 Mar 2010 13:37:53 GMT+1 MichaelNB http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=30#comment12 Great blog Mickey!You're definately right about Tommy Miller, it's like having a new signing, I was at the Leicester game and he was excellent on the left.It'll be points like those picked up against Leicester, Swansea and Preston which make the difference at the end of the season. If I'm honest I didn't expect too much from those games, so great results.Need to mention though Potter and O'Connor in the middle, they've worked their socks off in recent weeks and I think a major reason we've got those results - what do you think?Looking forward to your next post. Up the Owls! Fri 19 Mar 2010 13:33:35 GMT+1 Mikey http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=28#comment11 Do you not think with the amount of managerial changes that have happened this year.. and the weird ones in the championship with Warnock and co playing swapsies it is an example of how daft chairmen can get with sackings..Heard an idea of having managerial windows like the transfer and this might put a stop to the crazy sackings.. i,e you sack them out the window and you have to make do with caretaker coaches etc.. Just look at Hull who have binned Brown and replaced him with a manager who cant keep a job anywhere coz his record is so bad.. Fri 19 Mar 2010 13:23:28 GMT+1 davidjc34 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=25#comment10 Nice to see Tommy Miller is still flying under the radar. When he played for Sunderland you never noticed him during a match, but he always got a 7 in the sunday papers. Good workrate was the only thing the reporters could think to say about him too!!! Fri 19 Mar 2010 12:41:49 GMT+1 Adam Jessop http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=23#comment9 Having been an avid subscriber to this blog since the Season started (My thursday work lunches have never been better!) I have enjoyed all your posts and insights into the different aspects of your career so far.As an owls fan its also nice to get an insight into the club I have supported all my life and can associate with your final comments and going to the games when your younger and being part of the atmosphere.#7 - Michael did a great pre derby blog at the match against the blades at the lane - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2009/09/getting_ready_for_the_steel_ci.htmlAlso Michael, its been a while since you commented on Potters facial hair! Fri 19 Mar 2010 12:33:11 GMT+1 Elliot http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=20#comment8 Hi Michael,Another good blog, are you doing these until the end of this season, or will they continue after?I have to say Mr Irvine has certainly changed Shef Weds fortunes. A result against Leicester would not be something I would have expected to be honest, so well done.Have you been on the bench much this season ? I had a stint living in Hartlepool so the "Mackems" were not very popular, but whenever I ventured out there you would see Sunderland shirts all over!What are your plans for next season? My team Luton could do with you ? :) Howeve, due to this blog I do find myself looking out for your results. Good Luck for the rest of the season. Fri 19 Mar 2010 12:18:51 GMT+1 TimboTimbo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=17#comment7 Great blog, I always love reading it and at home games when all the fans start singing that "I'm forever blowing bubbles" it just gives me goose bumps!It's a shame the current squad we've got, too many old players and not enough quality, but still.. at least we've got heart.Good luck Mike. Fri 19 Mar 2010 11:38:29 GMT+1 Alex http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=15#comment6 You always seem to talk about big matches no matter the subject and it's always interesting different points every time! However, as an Owls fan there aren't many games bigger than a game against the Blades (I can't call em what I want to!). What's the biggest game you have ever played in and how does the Steel City Derby compare to that and other derby's you've played in? Would you say that the games against Sunderland when you were at Blackburn were the biggest games for you personally?I was also wondering that with us being one of the biggest sleeping giants in English football how long the players think it will be until we're back in the Premier League? Also, what do the players know about the investment from America and how do you think it will help?Congratulations on the comeback it's been too long since we did that. to you and all the lads, keep up the good work! Fri 19 Mar 2010 10:58:09 GMT+1 davey_lad http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=12#comment5 Another good read Mickey. I have to say that i get a lump in my throat when i reminisce about safc. You were a key part in one of our most succesful periods (relatively speaking) in recent history... certainly in my time as a Sunderland fan. I long for some of those days again... and we didn't even win anything ! (div 1 championship not included)As for Roker Park, I too used to get a freebie when the gates opened before the end. We used to go into every stand before the final whistle... happy days. All the best Fri 19 Mar 2010 10:25:21 GMT+1 Guitarmannorth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=10#comment4 You know you are always welcome back at Sunderland, Michael. I used to watch you storming down the left wing with Allan Johnston. Happy times at the Stadium of Light! You always gave 100 per cent.Good luck for the rest of the season from all Sunderland fans. Fri 19 Mar 2010 10:20:30 GMT+1 Trym http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=7#comment3 As always, great sentiments and well written post. Glad to see the squad has responded to Reading and you've done brilliantly these past matches against the promotion-chasing bunch of the Championship, it's clear there's massive effort put in from the players and that's key for the remainder of this season. Hard work and you'll grind wins out of several of the remaining matches!Come on you Owls! Fri 19 Mar 2010 09:56:35 GMT+1 simon birley http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=5#comment2 Hi Michael, another good blog! As you say, great to see the team come back against being 2 goals down at Preston, apparently we hadn't done that since December 2006 - so I think it shows that the team has the mental strength to pull away from the relegation zone!Also pleased for Tommy Miller, he's starting to look a good player in a Wednesday shirt. I know JJ is probably out for this weekend's game, so I personally hope you start on the left against Derby, with Esajas off the bench as I think he has better impact as a sub against tired players. Hopefully looking forward to seeing that "beardlesy-esque" shimmy as you jink down the line!!Good look! Up the Owls!!!!!!!!!!!! Fri 19 Mar 2010 09:50:17 GMT+1 Rebecca aka Becky aka Beks http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=2#comment1 GrayHi.Good blogThanks(maybe you can do a blog on food...pre match meals etc. Alot of people on the BBC like food)Thanks Fri 19 Mar 2010 09:49:18 GMT+1 abilixious http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/03/heading_back_to_old_haunts.html?page=0#comment0 Great blog. Enjoy your perspectives from player's view about football.Do you think you will go back to work for sunderland football club in any capacity when you retire from playing?Keep it up! Fri 19 Mar 2010 09:01:16 GMT+1