Archive | May, 2007

Street of fame

You meet all sorts when you get stuck into this blogging lark. Picture: tswana369 E-mail traffic perked up yesterday with a great message from one Glenda Young, who in real life is Flaming Nora, the esteemed editor of a site devoted to goings on at Coronation Street. Glenda is from Sunderland and, as you will […]

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Ramming it gently down his throat

No pleasure is taken here in the overwhelming disappointment that West Brom players and fans will be feeling after their failure to beat Derby in the playoff final. Bye bye boing boing baggies Picture: Phillip Unlike many Sunderland fans, I will always be grateful to Kevin Phillips for the excitement, goals and sheer class of […]

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Failure as a father, minor success for Salut!

One of the things I loved about joining the London and Southern England branch members on rail trips to home games, when I lived in Ealing, was the variety of accents you’d hear. Along with the first generation exiles, there were people like the industrial plumber Billox, who sounded as if he should really be […]

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All the president’s men (in Red and White) II

Talk about keeping the faith. Not even at the start of last season, but four straight defeats into it, Steve Cram – ace distance champion, BBC athletics commentator and president of the London and Southern England branch of the Sunderland Supporters’ Association – decided to have a flutter. He did not put a fiver on […]

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When Keano’s fired-up chariots weren’t yet a dream

Picture:James Spahr The timing of the original Celebrity Supporter interviews – dying phase, in matters Reid, of the Peter the Great age, onset of Peter the Terrible – means that some can be read only as period pieces. The magnificent filmmaker David – Lord to be more correct – Puttnam gave one such interview, as […]

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Steve Cram, Kate Adie bring their Mackem thoughts up to date

A fleeting note to let you know that both Steve Cram and Kate Adie have provided excellent updates to the Celebrity Supporter interviews dating back five or six years. I will be posting freshened-up versions over the next day or so.

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Where the stars are

Talk to us, Peter! Picture: dietbruboy Observant regulars will see that I have created a separate column linking directly to each of the Celebrity Supporter interviews. It’s down the left-hand column. These are being updated as I go along – or at least as fast as I can approach the subjects for fresh information and […]

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Life goes on

Picture: neloqua With an amazing season over, fans can head for the beach or sit back and relax, occasionally checking out the latest transfer rumours in the papers and chatrooms. But for supporters’ club organisers, the close season brings plenty of work. Ian Todd*, founder of the London and Southern England branch of the SAFCSA, […]

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The Championship’s champion

Derby want out, too Picture: Phillip. Supporters of Watford, Charlton and Sheffield United may not yet be in the mood for small consolations. But whether or not it makes them feel any better, one is being offered from across the Irish Sea. Shane Breslin’s football blog at has produced a decent argument for the […]

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“When 47,000 Mackems booed me”

If Don Hutchison, Kevin Phillips, Lee Clark and Allan Johnston ever felt they could have done with a spot of advice on how to handle the odd jeer or two from Sunderland supporters, Joe Simpson would have been the man to turn to. He knows what it is like. Joe has never played for Newcastle, […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]