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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief return to that fine old club and the only time we’ve played them in the League Cup. There’s not much more for me to say, given the circumstances of that meeting, as I’m sure you’ll […]

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Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, putting air in the tyres and refilling the tank. For there was no time to rest, no time to reflect on the gardens, gnomes and conservatories of Old Oak Road. The Under 23s were playing […]

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Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

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Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as a Sheffield Wednesday supporter before Sunderland’s trip to Hillsborough for a Championship game. He also got the result spot-on, saying we’d be ahead at the interval but they’d equalise and the match would end 1-1. Now the Owls […]

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SAFC vs Sheffield Wednesday prize Guess the Score: we’re the underdogs

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It is a fact of life as we find it, says Monsieur Salut. Sunderland start the Carabao Cup tie (league cup to you and me) against the Owls on Thursday night as lower-league underdogs. While we all hope that situation will last for only one season – unless, contrary to the expectations of many of […]

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View From the North West Corner: give Catts a break

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Following a lot of public criticism of one of our players by followers of The Black Cats, Malcolm Dawson appeals to lovers of social media to consider the effect their negativity might have on the season’s prospects. Like most football followers I use the internet to find out what is happening with my club, especially […]

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After a four-point start to the season, it is time for the carping to stop?

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Three references to the approach some Sunderland supporters adopt towards their club caught the eye yesterday and today, says Monsieur Salut. First, as most readers will have seen, several important points were made in Pete Sixsmith’s typically measured and intelligent report on the 1-1 draw at Luton Town. It’s a great read in its entirety […]

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A Long and Winding Road leads to Luton Town and a hard fought draw

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John McCormick writes: I woke up this morning feeling fine and decided that, as Pete Sixsmith had introduced a musical theme with Roy Harper, I should continue it.  I hope the title and  my opening make him and our other Pete (the Wrinkly one) happy together, not to mention our readers. Which begs two questions*,  “Is […]

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Luton v Sunderland Hutch’s one word ratings

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Rob Hutchison is a home and away regular and manages to encapsulate each of our players’ performances in the briefest of single word summaries. He was at Kenilworth Road yesterday to witness a hard fought draw with a Luton Town side who could be there or there abouts when the League 1 title is being […]

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Sixer’s Luton Town Sevens: no disgrace as Sunderland return with a point

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John McCormick writes: I read or heard something from some commentator a few days ago that their Sunderland game will be every other League One club’s cup final. From the little snippets that came my way I think that was the case today. A sell-out crowd, home and away, the home team coming back from […]

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Welcome to Sunderland, Max Power

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We could have done with another striker in, and few obvious suspects out, and can only hope loan deals are in the pipeline for such movement. For now, Salut! Sunderland welcomes the 12th signing off the summer, Max Power on loan from Wigan until January with a view to sealing a permanent transfer in the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Luton Town and Kenilworth Road

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The hot spell appears to be coming to its end in the North-West. It’s cloudy, the temperature has dropped and […]

Keeping a sense of perspective at the start of Sunderland’s season

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Malcolm Dawson was back at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and enjoyed the feeling of an opening day win […]

The Luton Town Who are You? ‘Sunderland for the playoffs, Hatters mid-table’

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Monsieur Salut writes: our Luton Town interviewee, Richard Armstrong*, is Hatters through and through: ‘I guess it was just in my […]