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Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland Guess the Score: more misery or modest redemption?

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We went early with the latest of Pete Sixsmith’s chronicles of doom from the Stadium of Light. He’s off to watch Rugby League today so sent his piece just as Channel Five’s Championship programme prepared to delight Brentford fans and horrify Sunderland supporters with what are laughingly called the highlights of another calamitous afternoon. Now, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park and the Macron

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John McCormick writes: Every footballer and fan should be honoured to visit a club like Bolton Wanderers but I’ve never been there. I’ll be remedying that on Tuesday, however, so if my former OU colleague Brian (a diehard Wanderer who will surely relish the magic and nostalgia of Pete Sixmith‘s prose) fancies a pre match pint […]

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A View from the Avenue: have the miracles run out?

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

Paul Summerside doesn’t mince his words. He calls himself a ‘lapsed SAFC fan’ but is one of 20,000+ longing to resume active support. Ellis Short and Martin Bain may throw up their arms in proclaimed innocence, but what can either of them actually offer those who can take no more? As ever, the pages of […]

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Sixer’s Brentford Soapbox: warmth from sunshine, warmth for Liam Miller, otherwise chilly

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Pete Sixsmith will be on his way tomorrow to watch his beloved rugby league. It rarely fails to put a smile on his face. We have seen, on a handful of occasions this season, how a good Sunderland performance can have the same effect. At most games, however, he witnesses a shambles of a team […]

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Sixer’s sevens: Brentford exploit our defensive frailty

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1-0 down after 15 minutes, 2-0 after half an hour. Jones booked five minutes later. What a surprise. How much is a typical League One club worth? Surely someone wants  to buy and turn this  club around. Pete Sixsmith sent an e-mail not long before the kick-off. It included the phrase “sorry team for today”. […]

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The heart of old Sunderland remembered

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Mike Dennison, well known to subscribers to the Black Cats e-mail loop, alerts us to a fascinating book of Sunderland reminiscences from the prolific Ian Mole … Many Sunderland fans will be familiar with Ian Mole’s writing from the informative and amusing Lines From London Reports he has contributed to the website of the fanzine A Love Supreme. […]

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Recalling Sunderland’s most memorable games in history

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A just-for-fun poll introduces this look at some of the greatest games in Sunderland AFC’s history. Many readers will approve of the choices made by Ben Jones, a sportswriter and ‘massive Sunderland fan’. Others might add the 4-1 defeat of Chelsea in the first of our seventh-top Premier seasons under Peter Reid. Or the first […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Brentford

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John McCormick writes: Brentford – my favouritest club in all of London Town. I’ve seen them play at Griffin Park a few times, but have I seen them play at Roker? Definitely not in 1992, I never returned to the North East that season. 1967? It’s possible, indeed probable. However, I have no memory of […]

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Crowing About: why Coleman’s words are cutting the mustard

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For his second contribution to the pages of Salut! Sunderland,  Martin Crow compares and contrasts – favourably – the Chris Coleman way with words, when talking publicly about Sunderland AFC, with the mix of gibberish, gallows humour, boorishness, beyond-the-pale philosophy and heavy gloom that has gone before … (more…)

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Wrinkly Pete: all he is saying, is give these a chance

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In Channel Five‘s footy programme on Saturday the presenters made mention of the numbers leaving the SOL with half-an hour to go. People have always left early but when we stood in the Fulwell End all those years ago, with crowds of 50,000 plus, it was never so often, so many and so early. Which […]

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Sunderland vs Brentford Who are You?: ‘I hope you stay up’

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Monsieur Salut writes: if I cannot actually see Griffin Park from where I write, I could walk it in 15-20 […]

Sunderland vs Brentford prize Guess the Score: a win for a win?

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Wrinkly Pete has given up on his 3-3 predictions and 4-3 didn’t quite happen. Some guessed a Bristol City romp […]

The Lars Word from Bristol City 3-3 SAFC. From disgust to euphoria

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Lars Knutsen knows how to choose them. Back from his USA exile (correcting the earlier reference, he still travels there […]