Archive | September, 2007

Moving mountains

My big move, or at least the first of two (south of France back to the UK, to be followed by London-Abu Dhabi), has limited my opportunities to post to Salut! Sunderland. Reminds me a bit of how Peter Reid’s team selections in the relegation season – with just Paul Stewart up front – limited […]

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Not fade away

Bring on some more moments like this Salut! Sunderland is about to acquire an even stronger international flavour. By early next week, the site’s French sojourn will be at an end. I will be back in the UK and, having taken in Blackburn at home and Arsenal away, must scuttle off to the Middle East […]

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Getting it right

Niall Quinn: kind words Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan We all whinge from time to time about the club we support and the people who run it. Sometimes they get things wrong, and those who feel themselves on the wrong end of a spot of pettiness shout loudly enough about it. But at other times they get […]

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Left wing/commie/pinko journalist (3)

If you’ve seen my original article for A Love Supreme, now is the time to read the opposing view. I repeat Salut! Sunderland‘s offer to grant Tommy Coates, the letter writer, reasonable right of reply on these pages……..but this is what he had to say in his letter to ALS Having read Colin Randall’s article […]

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Left wing/commie/pinko journalist (2)

My article in A Love Supreme. See here for an introduction to Tommy’s grievance with me: Plymouth at home last August. Lots of our fans had gone along with Niall Quinn’s desire to make it a day for the Wearing of the Green. By the end of the game, though, we’d lost 3-2 and were […]

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Left wing/commie/pinko journalist (1)

Does this mean my street credibility is about to soar? For being a reporter, I have been jostled by striking miners in south Wales, threatened by nasty little Proddie thugs in east Belfast (and by nasty little Catholic thugs in west Belfast), had guns pointed at me by curfew-enforcing and possibly crack-crazed soldiers in Sierra […]

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Ian Porterfield remembered in style

Joan Dawson wrote these beautiful words about what she had witnessed at the arena*** where, on Saturday afternoon, I really wanted to be: A good performance, a great home debut by Kenwyne Jones and an important win. But the day will stick in my mind for the tributes to Ian Porterfield. The club got it […]

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Sixer’s Sevens delayed

Novel protest Picture: Pixel y Dixel Salut! Sunderland has gone bullfighting in Nimes. There may be a delay until Sunday night or Monday in getting Pete Sixsmith’s verdict up here. Feel free to comment on the game anyway. Oh, and after lots of struggles between conflicting emotions – love of tradition and hatred of cruelty […]

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…their wee bit hill and glen

After the humiliation of a rugby World Cup defeat against Argentina, last night’s superb win by Scotland at the Parc des Princes in the European Championships deepened the sense of national catastrophe in France, leaving le coq crowing a fair bit less proudly. A Scot who willed England to victory in anything would be regarded […]

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For Ian Porterfield, and Grampy

Out of the blue, an e-mail reached me yesterday from a young person in Gloucestershire called Amy, who wanted to know if there were any songs specific to Sunderland AFC. She’d heard Elvis Presley’s Wise Men Say mentioned; was this something the fans sang? Yes, I said in reply, assuming it had been the subject […]

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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 […]