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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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Crystal Palace vs Sunderland ‘Guess the Score’: redemption time?

The rollover Guess the Score competition for Sunderland vs Arsenal was won by our resident harbinger of doom, Bill Cowell. The man will soon run out of space for all his prize mugs. Two more are on their way from Personalised Football Gifts, to be preceded or followed by a carefully packed box of After [...]

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Cabral: curious case of CL player begging to ‘train with the kids’

Cabral’s acquisition was one even Paolo Di Canio was thrilled by. A player of Champions League pedigree, he played well when given early spells of action but was abruptly dropped. Then he may as well have disappeared from Wearside, never to return. Now, Gus Poyet has made some utterly mystifying comments of his own without [...]

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McCormick’s Craic: no Bright Phoenix as Arsenal take the points

Last Wednesday I went to the Everyman theatre to see Bright Phoenix, a play about a group of misfit kids who become misfit adults. With an Everyman play like that I didn’t know what to expect. Whatever I thought, it wasn’t what I got …

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Sunderland’s Lasses soak up the glory

Never let anyone tell you women’s football lacks the passion of the men’s game. Just take a look at the stream of messages and photographs at Twitter and elsewhere marking the fabulous achievement of SAFC Ladies in taking the Women’s Super League 2 title at the first attempt, having previously and unpardonably been excluded when [...]

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Another view of SAFC vs Arsenal: a defence of Buckley

Monsieur Salut says: it is said few people witnessing the same event, be it a car crash or a football game, see it quite the same way. For the definitive assessment, go to deputy editor Malcolm Dawson’s report. I felt Jack Rodwell, Seb Larsson and Adam Johnson had reasonable games – no more than that, [...]

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Keir’s Player ratings: Rodwell, Johnson and PVA best of a poor bunch

Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell‘s “after Len Shackleton” device for his ratings from Southampton – a blank page – divided opinion. This week normal business is restored. I would not quarrel with most of it, save that Larsson’s industry merited a high mark and Wickham was, in truth, no better served than Fletcher …

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Ha’way the Lasses: SAFC pride as female cats overcome lionesses

Congratulations to SAFC Ladies who clinched the title and promotion with their 4-0 demolition of the Millwall Lionesses. * Check [...]

Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Arsenal take advantage of Black Cats’ ill luck

Malcolm Dawson writes……..Peter Sixsmith is a frequent visitor to the National Stadium at Wembley. Usually it’s to watch a Rugby [...]

Pure Poyetry after Arsenal: Sunderland so difficult to beat they’ll do it for you!

Malcolm Dawson writes…..it’s part of the manager’s job to be upbeat and seek out the positives. He couldn’t quite do [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Arsenal 2 – comedy of errors as panto season comes early

Pete Sixsmith went to the Potteries to watch the other SAFC – Shildon in the FA Cup. One more win [...]

The gloomy stats that doom QPR, Burnley and Newcastle (or us)

John McCormick:

Lost in the deluge of post-Southampton news, anger and gallows humour, John McCormick applied a scholarly eye to the statistics [...]

Arsenal ‘Who are You?’: out with Wenger, fond of SAFC, don’t care about Spurs

Quaking in their boots in expectation of a heroic bounceback from 8-0 – or breezily confident, after coming from behind [...]