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Salut! Sunderland bids a grateful farewell to Dick Advocaat

Pete Sixmsith offers an appreciative, heartfelt and understanding adieu to our departing saviour. Even after just nine games in chage, Dick Advocaat will be a hard one to follow … Since I started writing for Salut! Sunderland I have written valedictory pieces for Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo di Canio and [...]

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Season reviews: bring on the cricket but build on Advocaat’s example

Michael Robinson, who quietly but regularly comments on items at Salut Sunderland!, broke cover when winning one the last pair of Guess the Score prize mugs, describing SAFC’s unlikely links with his home town of Corbridge. The series will conclude with the reviews of our deputy editor, Malcolm Dawson, and star chronicler, Pete Sixsmith. No [...]

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HAWAY awards: shortlist cut to Aston Villa, Burnley, Everton, Newcastle and Stoke

Salut! Sunderland is very close to announcing the 2015 winners of our annual Haway awards – in other words, fans of other clubs who contributed Highly Articulate Who are You? interviews to our regular pre-match feature. The shortlist supplied to our judges – see it here – has been whittled down from 13 to five. [...]

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Guess the Score: late Chelsea & SAFC winners, Steve Bruce midwifery issue

Just to tidy things a little, let Salut! Sunderland record the last pair of Guess the Score winners of the season, with thanks as ever to our Weardale-based, Mackem-owned sponsors, Personalised Football Gifts. Mike Thomas, a Chelsea supporter, correctly predicted the Blues would exploit tired legs, burst our survival bubble and win 3-1. “I wish [...]

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Season reviews: tough love in a far-reaching view from a ‘positive guy’

  Marcus Procopio has graced these pages before. Being based in Perth  (I think that’s the Australian one) it could be said he has taken a distant view. Distant or not, it’s certainly far-reaching. He begins with an overview of the season then moves to some individual performances before giving what might be the solution [...]

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Reviews of the Season: pathetic, spineless lows but a Montyesque goalkeeping high

The end-of-season reviews continue to flow in. Ken Gambles is another of our writers with a wealth of experience of watching Sunderland, good and bad. It’s fair to say he felt cheated at times in the season he now reviews, but at least he found one huge positive. All the reviews in this series can [...]

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The Chapman Report from Chelsea: summer relief for the well-travelled SAFC fan

Bob Chapman brings down the curtain on what we hope has been another season of fine, incisive reporting from each [...]

The highs and lows of Sunderland’s season, at a handy glance

John McCormick writes: regular readers will know that I’ve been tracking the progress of SAFC and other at-risk clubs by [...]

Reviews of the Season: ‘got lucky. Twice as many wins as defeats’

John McCormick writes: when the fixture fairy first waved her wand I thought I might struggle to make more than [...]

Chelsea blues and the decline and fall of Sunderland-Newcastle bragging rights

Pete Sixsmith awarded himself another day off from actually travelling to an expensive away game, settling for Barnes and Benno [...]

Reviews of the Season: blaming the owner, managers, players – and fans

After the excitement tension and ultimate relief of last Wednesday comes a time for cool reflection. Sunderland didn’t peer once [...]

Reviews of the Season: would a short extension suit Mrs Advocaat (and us)?

Think of the London and Southern England branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association and it is impossible not to think [...]