Archive | August, 2007

Get well Clive

Thoughts of another piece reflecting on our transfer activity vanished into nothing as I read the latest news on Clive Clarke, who collapsed on suffering a heart attack in the dressing room at Notts Forest on Tuesday night. The Irish defender, 27 years old, is at present out on loan from SAFC to Leicester City. […]

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Roy Keane and the great transfers debate (4)

Do we know which way we’re going? Picture:dkodigital Roy Keane has just over three days to persuade us that he has won the transfers debate. His supposed targets – they include the Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham and Southampton’s striker Kenwyne Jones – do not amount to the “names to excite the fans” billing Keano […]

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No need to fear the Scousers (2)

Well of course there was reason to fear them. But if – as I believe – those are the games we must expect to lose, while being prepared to be thankful when we grab a point or three out of them, being beaten today was not a disaster. What is absolutely clear is that we […]

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No need to fear the Scousers

Two good reasons exist for having no cause to feel overwhelmed by the threat from tomorrow’s visitors Liverpool. Gary McCallister has long since retired as a player and Graham Barber, for the same reason, won’t be refereeing. At the Stadium of Light on Saturday Feb 10, 2001, the two men combined to turn a one-nil […]

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Sunderland AFC: the stars in our midst

Tasmin: keeping faith A warm welcome to anyone arriving in one of those periodic waves of fellow fans following a link from Ready To Go’s SMB forum. The topic is famous fans of Sunderland AFC, familiar territory for Salut! Sunderland, where I have added to the work I previously did for 5573 (then Wear Down […]

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When fair weather gives way to squally spells

Sit down lad, I can’t see. On second thoughts, stay put* Picture: dkodigital How did you spend the day after Wigan? Since I have always regarded Sunderland as the Durham county football team, I hope as many as possible of you were following Durham County Cricket Club’s excellent victory in the Friends Provident Trophy final […]

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Of WAGS and weaklings

Scourge of the WAGS Picture: Kieran’sPhotos. Either the heart or the head cheered wildly for Roy Keane when he made his remarks about weak players under the thumbs of their shopaholic, London-obsessed WAGS. But not, from where I’m sitting, both head and heart at the same time. I was ecstatic to be back in Sunderland […]

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Wires crossed between St Andrew’s & St Tropez

In it together, but seeing things differently Picture: krisread As the goals went in last night, the text messages from St Andrew,s dried up. Several minutes after the final whistle, we were still trailing 1-0 according to my mobile phone, the normally reliable Sixer’s Sevens service having gone AWOL. There’s always BBC Radio Newc**tle. Down […]

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Great expectations

These two delightful young ladies* were a lot more confident before the game than some of us. I should know because when I chanced upon them as I hurried towards the ground, they told me so. But no one is getting carried away. Nyron Nosworthy had his feet firmly on the ground when accepting his […]

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Chopra delivers a great Premier start

Paul McShane: Salut! Man of the Match Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan About 20 minutes to go, and on comes Michael Chopra. Read Sixer’s Sevens. Pete (Sixsmith) didn’t just pluck his seven-word verdict out of nowhere in the euphoria of a victory that put us briefly top of the Premiership. At that moment when Chopra, Mag turned […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

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’

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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 […]