Archive | April, 2007

When smiling Irish eyes flatter to deceive

There has been an interesting “Do we like Sunderland or is it just because of Keano?” debate running at the Irish football site eleven-a-side.com which some of you will have seen. derry.che keano.2006.jpg Originally uploaded by jimfitzpix. A quick scroll down the comments field left me with the impression that the present, growing level of […]

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Up up and…a way of staying up

Salut! Sunderland is en fecirc;te – and the celebrations started with a feast of goals, excitement and nerves, culminating in this…… That was followed – at long last, as has been mentioned here and elsewhere – by some good coming out of Selhurst Park. Many of us remember with gritted teeth that awful day a […]

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Get ready to party

Cheers! sansartore. Derby lost two nil AND WE ARE UP

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Go for it Lads – but the matchday’s all wrong

By Joan Dawson If we win tonight and Derby lose or draw on Sunday, then we’re promoted. Naturally, if that happens, we’ll all be celebrating wherever we are. But none of us will be in the stadium with 40+ thousand fellow supporters, the players, the manager. We’ll be at home, in pubs, walking the dog, […]

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Nyron, Kevin and Alan

Salut! Sunderland is happy to congratulate Nyron Nosworthy on his “player of the season” award from fans voting on the official club website*. Last season, I was among those who questioned the scale of our ambition when all the way from Gillingham, NN was introduced as one of Mick McCarthy’s signings for the ill-fated return […]

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Colchester blues

* By Pete Sixsmith My negative vibes about this one began on the Friday afternoon. After preaching confidence for weeks, really believing that we would not lose another game, I was hit by something on Friday and had a troubled night before getting up at 4.45am to catch the coach at 6.15. I had been […]

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Still in our hands

Roy Keane said it to the press. I said it in a text to a disconsolate Pete Sixsmith on his way home from Colchester. And not even today’s awful result from Molineux – Birmingham grabbing top spot back after coming from behind and surviving an injury time penalty to win 3-2 – changes it. Whether […]

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Never mind Shack & Hurley, Monty & SuperKev. Let’s hear it for Darren Handclap

By Joe Simpson, actor and lifelong Sunderland supporter Today, the 19th of April 2007, is a special day for all Sunderland fans, a day to pause and think and remember a great moment in our history. Yes, as I’m sure you are all aware, it is precisely 10 years to the day since Darren Williams […]

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In praise of an unlikely star

The prize is on its way.<a href=”http://www.sharronashcroft.com/cv_simpson_joe.htm Joe Simpson, the actor who won our little competition the other day after correctly identifying Gina McKee as the actress with Sunderland connections (thereby prompting an interfering Leeds Utd visitor to this site to cry “fix”), will soon receive his copy of Alice in Sunderland, posted at great […]

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Stepping up – extended version

Watch the goals from Saturday v QPR and hear Quinnie on the subject of promotion – then read on When Roy Keane, fresh from signing on the dotted line, asked to be talked through the squad he was taking on, he said he should have held out for a much bigger salary. It was a […]

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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

Promotion at first attempt!

  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewarts’ Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

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One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]