Left wing/commie/pinko journalist (1)

Als1

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 Leone and advised to make myself scarce at demos in Islamabad and in Serb villages on the Kosovo border.

Oh, and I’ve been stoned by Muslim youths in Vénissieux and once tried in vain to negotiate a “ransom” to repossess the expensive camera nicked from my photographer when she was beaten and robbed by African youths in a dodgy Parisian suburb.

But never until now have I been denounced in print as a “left wing/commie pinko” journalist.

Turn to page 43 of the new edition of A Love Supreme and there it is. I am condemned by “Tommy Coates, Suddicker……exiled in Cardross, Scotland” for an article welcoming the new Irish supporters of – and massive financial support for – the club Tommy and I both love.

But it’s best that I allow my words, and his, to speak for themselves. The next posting here – and it will follow quite quickly – will be the piece I sent to the ALS and which appeared, from memory, in the last edition but one.

If anyone has contact with Tommy, let him know that I will then run – at similar length and subject to changes only on grounds of decency or defamation, which I am happy to negotiate – his response.

In the meantime, as the third article in this mini-series, I will post his ALS letter – in which he expresses his unease at the “Paddification” of Sunderland AFC – in full. You may be our judges.

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Jim Baxter: Dave Parnaby’s Appreciation

content/uploads/2012/02/twitter.jpg"><img title="twitter" src="http://salutsunderland.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/twitter.jpg" alt="" width="16" height="16" /></a>
<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/salutsunderland">
And follow us on Twitter: @salutsunderland ... click along this line</a>

Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Peterborough United, London Road and the ABAX stadium

Salut Banner3(featured image)

John McCormick writes: It was an easy walk from our house to the railway bridge where, if you timed it […]

Peterborough vs Sunderland Who are You? One manager sacked (and maybe smacked) and luck running out

Who indeed?

Monsieur Salut writes: it is known to many of my friends, and to observant readers of Salut! Sunderland, that I […]

Sixer’s Sub’s Doncaster Rovers Soapbox: it’s a good Friday on Wearside

Sixer'sSoapbox(featured image)

The games are coming thick and fast as we get to the fag end and business end of the season. […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Doncaster caught out by Sunderland

Jake

  My first thought was “don’t concede early”. And we didn’t Then I thought “get a good start”. And we […]

Page generated in 2.657 seconds. Stats plugin by www.blog.ca