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Bravo Leicester, keep faith with Sunderland and this season’s real champions, Shildon

We can take our hats off to Leicester City, fully deserving Premier champs. We can pray those of us with a God, that Sunderland somehow manage for the last three games what the Foxes did in nine a season ago. And, to lighten heavy spirits, we can share Pete Sixsmith (and Monsieur Salut)’s joy at […]

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Sixer’s Stoke City soapbox: One point gained by a nervous team

Pete Sixsmith provides a grim read after his return from Stoke. All is not lost, and we are still in control of our destiny. Yet we have Chelsea up next and we’re not playing well. Read on for Pete’s analysis of a game we were within seconds of losing and where a last-gasp effort kept […]

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SA’s essay: A precious point

John McCormick writes: I do believe Stoke’s goal should have been disallowed after Crouch climbed all over Kaboul. I’m not so sure we deserved a penalty, so maybe things evened up. Whatever, a point away at Stoke is never a bad result and to get one when we weren’t as good as we have been […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 1 Sunderland 1: Taking a chance

John McCormick writes: I thought beforehand that we could get at least a point from this game. But as the match went on, and the ref gave us nothing, I thought we were playing into Stoke’s hands and would lose. Then the ref gave us something, and up stepped Jermain Defoe. Over to Pete Sixsmith […]

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A summer feast of football in France? Could it be yours

NB no comments allowed for this posting ….. Who fancies France this summer? By that, I don’t mean who reckons the host country will win the tournament, which is possible if unlikely, but whether you’d like to be there yourself, which this competition also makes possible. If a Salut! Sunderland reader were to win this […]

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Hillsborough (2): a Sunderland fan in Leppings Lane End as disaster struck

We have already heard from Pete Sixsmith how the official approach to football supporters that was reflected when 96 people died at Hillsborough also threatened people attending at a Sunderland game, and how it nearly ended his own teaching career. Now, also discussing the historical context in which the tragedy was handled, Michael Goulding, lifelong […]

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Hillsborough: how the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest tragedy epitomised a rotten era

It seems appropriate to make this the briefest of introductions and let Pete Sixsmith speak for himself and for a […]

Stoke City Who are You?: ‘Fancy Dans with a soft centre’

Angela Smith*, broadcaster, Supporters’ Council leader and former squash pro, is as Stoke as they come, a fan – she […]

From West Ham, Bournemouth, Spurs to Wearside: Defoe, Player of the Year

We had a reference to Shakespearian tragedies last week and now Pete Sixsmith quotes the Bard in an appreciation of […]

Stoke City v SAFC Guess the Score. Not a weekend for the faint-hearted

It should not get much more nailbiting than this – but it may well do so between now and Watford […]

Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: gutsy draw but think how it might have been …

Pete Sixsmith presents his customary expert analysis and reflects on what might have been if only we’d been playing like […]

SA’s Arsenal Essay: It’s a good day

John McCormick writes: I thought Arsenal were good today. True to form they kept trying to pass it into the […]