In Wake of Palace Win Sunderland Declare New King After 14 Years of Searching

Sunderland's claim as the dominant force in the North whimpered for much of the 90s. This proud club fought, often in vain, to retake it's rightful place at the forefront of Northern football. The True North, that is, not the pretenders from the Mid-West.

The club found a Lord, a Lord of a small club, though this Lord sought glory elsewhere and made his way to Sunderland. That Lord was Kevin Phillips, whose integrity and ability led to his reign as King in the North.

Then 2003, the year of the Red Relegation, the football club dropped out of the top flight. The tragedy led to the King abdicating his title in search of higher glories further South.

The return to the top flight was a difficult battle, fought without a true leader, though several mildly talented Knights pledged their boots. Upon their return, Sunderland would find a Lord capable of leading with seemingly true credentials as a new King. However, greed would overcome him and he swifty exited before making any claim to the title.

Sunderland turned to foreign lands in search of another capable of leading the front line with the dignity and prowess of King Phillips. They turned to a Lord, though he could only offer his services on a temporary basis. They plucked the most promising prospect from a recently flourishing footballing continent, though his greed would hinder any chance of his worthiness becoming apparent. It would be arguably the least talented of all the would-be Kings that paved the way to glory.

Lord Jozy Altidore of the Americas arrived and delivered little as a pretender to the title. Though his influence in the Far West allowed Sunderland to turn the head of a lost Lord from the South. This man being a former Lord of North London and his arrival would mark one of the more glorious moments in recent history.

The Lost Lord slayed minnows and giants, he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and on two occasions to date prevented the downfall of this great football club. He avenged the Red Relegation. He restored Sunderland's rightful place as most powerful club in the True North.

Never in my life time did I think I'd see another man worthy of this title. I don't care that he's a Southerner; Sunderland blood runs through his veins. He's my King, from this day until his last day.

Jermain Defoe, the King in the North!

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