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Newcastle v SAFC Who are You?: ‘never met a Mackem I disliked’

Geordie and lifelong Toon fan, Nick Donaldson* was one of Monsieur Salut’s colleagues in London and is now following, long after M Salut’s departure, in his footsteps to Abu Dhabi. But while sorting out visas, medicals, accommodation and other formalities, he thought he’d squeeze one more derby before heading east, though he’s having to settle [...]

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The Grand Newcastle Utd vs SAFC Guess the Score: fun and framed pitchas

I still have a card my mother once sent me. It showed a long-suffering wife looking daggers at her old man as he hands her the most romantic birthday present he could think of getting: “Here you are, pet. Just what you always wanted. A framed pitcha of the Sunderland football team.” Well, look at [...]

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The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is essentially your forum, a place to let off steam, make a point or raise an issue none of the site’s contributors has got round to writing about. It removes the need to wait for Sixer, [...]

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Newcastle United v Sunderland: are the horses now safe?

Previewing the Tyne-Wear derby for ESPN, I mentioned the decision by Northumbria police to treat the game with a less jittery approach to security. Am I being too cynical in wondering whether the logical outcome, given the sad existence of their horse-punchers and our own minority of not-so-peaceable followers, is that it’ll be back to [...]

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The return of Keir’s Player Ratings: Seb’s his star against West Ham

Sunderland 1 – 1 West Ham: Player Ratings After being silenced by family commitments – and perhaps a spot of homework from school – young Keir Bradwell returns belatedly to action with his Sunderland ratings from the West Ham game (sorry Hammers, our players only; if I were marking yours, Song would be the star [...]

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Dodgy numbers signify relegation scrap for Hull, QPR, Burnley, Leicester (and us?)

This is my third post in this series, which began in August when I used some dodgy stats and history to identify this season’s relegation candidates, plus a couple of wildcards for good measure (the list in the headline is not exhaustive – Ed). You might remember (or you can revisit http://salutsunderland.com/2014/08/good-news-for-burnley-and-leicester-our-stats-man-has-qpr-hull-city-and-aston-villa/) I predicted, from [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: winter draws on as West Ham take a point

Malcolm Dawson writes…..“Don’t be too unhappy going home girls – it’s a long way back,” I cheerfully remarked to two lasses in their claret and blue scarves heading for the North Stand Upper, before kick off yesterday. They probably weren’t, as a point each seemed fair after a decent game where both sides had chances. [...]

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Sunderland v West Ham: two penalties (one disputed, one denied) and a deflection

There were other little talking points. Nolan getting away with a clear yellow card offence, the cynicism of the Gomez [...]

Pure Poyetry from SAFC v West Ham: solid, improving but still not winning

Malcolm Dawson writes…..the first outings for my thermals today and they meant I could more or less enjoy the game. [...]

Hutch’s Patch: one-word Sunderland ratings from ‘commanding Pants to ‘expected’ Jozy

Rob Hutchison says: Decent result not to lose but absolutely sterile in the final third. A goalscorer a goalscorer, my [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 West Ham 1. Poyet still looking for cutting edge

Pete Sixsmith recognised this was a game that could have gone either way, with decent half-chances at either end and [...]

Wrinkly Pete: Walk Right Back, Sunderland’s go-early fans

Peter Lynn has been up in the loft again, digging out those old LPs from what DJs used to call [...]

Ruing the failure to nail Liverpool, grudging recognition of Newcastle boss, Hammers ahead

Even observers beyond the red and white segment of the North East can see that Newcastle United, “Geordie Nation” and [...]