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SAFC v Manchester United Guess the Score: only four words matter

OK, we usually offer a few random thoughts on the forthcoming game as we invite readers – whoever they support – to Guess the Score. Cue a break with tradition. For this week only, our illustrator Jake provides not only the image but the only four words that really concern Sunderland supporters. He repeats them […]

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Liverpool fans, spirit of Shankly; Liverpool FC, spirit of Rachman

I have to start by saying I think Liverpool’s a great place to live. I’ve no intention of leaving and wouldn’t swap it for a return to the North East, not for a minute. Other people appear to like it too, it’s increasingly a tourist destination, with the river, nightlife, national museums, the Beatles and […]

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A Canadian Mackem’s diary: Kop that for a comeback at Liverpool

The football part of Martin Bates‘s grand pilgrimage to Sunderland, where his parents were born and raised before heading west to Canada, began with a stirring but losing performance at home to Manchester City. Since he was fearing the worst at Anfield on Saturday when two home goals went in, you can imagine Martin’s joy […]

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Sixer’s Liverpool Soapbox: still in touching distance – just!

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Anfield is not my favourite ground. I’ve nothing against the Scousers or the city of Liverpool but after an horrendous experience a few years back when my “restricted view” ticket meant a “no view” ticket I vowed never to go back until they improved the sight lines. And now it’s even worse as […]

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SA’s Essay: never say die attitude at Liverpool brings welcome point

Malcolm Dawson writes…..an away point is always good and after it seemed like defeat was on the cards especially welcome. We are still a few wins away from safety and even two on the bounce might not get us out of the bottom three after today’s results but let’s not quibble. Sam was happy and […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland. Defoe’s quality makes its point

Monsieur Salut writes: from an easily conceded defeat to a heartening recovery for a draw, Sunderland tested our nerves today but the point gives us a glimmer of hope for the rest of the season. We gave Liverpool masses of possession and eventually paid the price, defensive lapses – with Billy Jones at fault both […]

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Liverpool daughter, Sunderland dad. She confesses …

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter, a very decent footballer (for Old Actonians, who play in quite a good […]

Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal. These Manchester Men matter, if only a little

Buy from the Salut! Amazon link at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NVFNIS2/salusund-21 Monsieur Salut writes: It is not often that Salut! Sunderland‘s parent (or […]

Liverpool v SAFC Who are You?: Jordan ‘immense’, Mignolet ‘strange’, says man from Anfield Wrap

Neil Atkinson*, our old pal from The Anfield Wrap podcast and site, had to rise above a mountain of typos […]

Liverpool v SAFC Guess the Score: maybe making a point

Can the new-look Lads make our Canadian diarist Martin Bates‘s trip “home” feel all the more worthwhile? Martin has already […]

The Canadian Mackem: a Sunderland diary starts with ‘timewasting’ Manchester City

Many readers will recall Martin Bates‘s welcome contributions in words and pictures from Toronto when the pre-season tour reached Canada. […]

Sixer’s Soapbox. Deserved more against a Manchester City reduced to MUFC playacting

Monsieur Salut writes: I was wrong. Pete Sixsmith‘s internet woes are over so he was up and about at the […]