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Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and Salut! Sunderland is under no illusions about its chances of picking up an award. We are not sure this is how it works in the Oscars but invite you, all the same, to consider voting [...]

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Refund for Southampton debacle: a grand gesture, but let Grace House benefit

Let Salut! Sunderland reproduce, word for word, tonight’s statement from SAFC. I had an inkling something was afoot when the pleasant ticketline girl taking my order for Saturday’s game said ‘watch the site … there may be some good news’. My refund will go to the Grace House charity and I urge any other supporters [...]

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Sixer Says: Leicester youth seen off before seniors’ bounceback starts vs Arsenal

Monsieur Salut writes: The last I saw of Pete Sixmith was when he boarded one train, and I another, at Southampton Central. It’s fair to say our spirits were not high. As we await our Mannone payouts – Sixer reckons £500 would cover his extended south coast stay; mine involves diesel and motorway tolls for [...]

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Dodgy numbers raise the question: ‘Can we dodge the bullet?’

Before the season started I used some dodgy stats and history to predict this seasons relegated candidates, including a couple of wildcards. From 20th place upwards they were: QPR – Purely because a promoted team is almost certain to go down and most often it has been the playoff winner. I had to go with [...]

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Keir’s Ghostly Player Ratings: Sunderland’s men of the match at Southampton

What would Keir Bradwell, our marks-out-of-10 columnist, make of it? One reader, Bill, said Seb Larsson was the only player whose head failed to drop: ‘I would say he was [our] Man of the Match and give him a 5, so Keir will probably give him -5.’ One newspaper had Santiago Vergini on 1.5/10, Vito [...]

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After West Ham (1968), Watford (1982) and Southampton (2014): a dozen questions

Still on the national news, still getting ribbed mercilessly if someone spots the SAFCSA membership card in my wallet, still feeling numb … So 12 questions. A mug for the best answers posted below, as judged by Monsieur Salut (who drove 1,200km to be at this debacle). You can answer one or more or all [...]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: ‘my ultimate humiliation’ following Sunderland

Colin Randall writes: What more is there to say? Vito Mannone suggests the players should club together and refund the travelling support. Hmmmm. I will just repeat what I have said elsewhere: ‘The day started well. Smooth train journey from Waterloo, pints with friends at a terrific pub opposite the Isle of Wight ferry terminal, [...]

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Poyetry without rhyme from Southampton: where were the positives? Bravo the fans

Colin Randall writes: there should be no surprise that non one among Salut! Sunderland‘s hardy band of helpers found the [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Southampton 8 – Sunderland 0. Saints go one better than Sixsmith

John McCormick writes: On Thursday my ticket for the Arsenal game arrived, then my rail tickets and my railcard followed [...]

Salut! Sunderland Nostalgia: stuck in the mud after Millwall end cup dream

Image: Peter Burgess Monsieur Salut is back in the UK, will be at Southampton on Saturday and awaits a winning [...]

Southampton vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘cheat, cheat, cheat. It’s OK’

This feels like a first. A few other ‘Who are You?’ interviewees have said too much is made of diving. [...]

Southampton vs SAFC Guess the Score: football’s back with a rollover

From our good friends at Personalised Football Gifts, a Weardale business owned by a Sunderland supporter, two mugs await the [...]

Roy Keane: skip the Manchester United bits for a fine Sunderland read

We’ve seen the headlines and, if we chose to do so, read the reports. Fergie and other Man Utd spats [...]