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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A Wembley a Day: the one where the Wearsiders vanquished the mighty Leeds

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A WEMBLEY A DAY If you were born on May 6 1973 or on any day since then, you will […]

A Wembley a Day: long before Portsmouth came Huddersfield and Wakefield Trinity

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A WEMBLEY A  DAY Regular visitors to Salut! Sunderland will know that our star contributor, the tireless Pete Sixsmith, has […]

Countdown to Wembley: Sunderland cup finals started with Aston Villa

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Monsieur Salut writes: tomorrow, one week before Sunderland meet Portsmouth in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy final, Pete Sixsmith opens a […]

Coventry hanging on to Doncaster and Charlton as Portsmouth chase Barnsley, Sunderland and Luton.

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Another international break brings an opportunity to revisit the six clubs our readers* and the Coventry ninjas**  chose way back […]

Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell […]

Countdown to Portsmouth at Wembley: (1) ‘a pleasant change from cataclysmic collapse’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Wembley looms again. There is no meaningful football for us (except the games involving our League One […]

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