Archive | 2007

A thousand up

No cause to brag, but as I was adding Kate Adie to the Celebrity Supporters Revisited file, the little counter showing how many people have passed through my turnstiles clocked up its first 1,000. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can retrace some of the steps taken by people who have reached these shores. […]

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Streaking at St James’ Park? All in the mind

A fisftful of awards bears witness to the achievements of KATE ADIE, forever associated with trademark war zone accessories of pearl earrings and flak jacket. When we last met back in 2002, she had been BBC TV’s chief news correspondent since 1989. More importantly, she was – and is – a Sunderland supporter. One Black […]

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Burst bubble?

Too many empty seats Picture: Alice 0-0 at home to Palace, an obvious game to win and 3-0 would have taken us sixth. That means the players didn’t do well enough. And we slip back to ninth instead. See Sixer’s Sevens for a succinct verdict. (more…)

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Quinn wants more bums on seats

When you’re sitting by the Med, far from the snow that has hit much of France in recent days, you are really in no position to lecture stayaway Sunderland fans. So I will let Niall Quinn do the talking for me. He wants supporters to “stand up and be counted” – who was that steward […]

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Wear all happy?

So are supporters mostly content with progress so far under Roy Keane and the man he once called a muppet, Niall Quinn? One take on Wolves/McCarthy vs SAFC/Keano Picture: StewieD (more…)

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Presenting Sixer’s Sevens

Just to show Salut! Sunderland can also be brief: Sixer’s Sevens will be one-line match verdicts from my great friend and Sunderland supporter par excellence Pete Sixsmith. Each will stretch to seven words or fewer. My technical adviser – a Man City fan who studied in Sunderland – will improve the presentation once he gets […]

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Feeling good about Sunderland

Nicole Kidman does not support Sunderland. But I shamelessly dragged her into the story of Dr Feelgood’s lead singer, ROBERT KANE, who does. Want to know about me and Sunderland? Picture: Torontoboy (more…)

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Stars and (red and white) stripes

Photographs: Lucas* . Let me introduce a feature of Salut! Sunderland that should come under the heading of recent history. A few years ago, Joan Dawson – also known as the Angel of the North, but that’s another story – asked if I would write for the newsletter of the London branch of the SAFC […]

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Ha’way the Lads…from France

Welcome to Salut! Sunderland, a new blog giving news and views about Sunderland AFC from a supporter living far from the Stadium of Light in the south of France. Photograph: Stephen Davies* The site is an offshoot of Salut!, a personal blog I created after being made redundant – amid just a little controversy – […]

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Salut Sunderland’s End of Season Reviews: (1) seeing the bright side of life

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Above, our illustrator Jake manages to adapt the late Jackson C Frank’s brilliant Blues Run the Game and create a […]

Ha’way Sunderland against Charlton, hear Sixer’s words of wisdom and add your own

Jake: ‘make the Mackem army happy,

Forget the conspiracy theories in the Daily Mail’s report on our owners’ intentions. In fact, while the timing is rotten, […]

Sunderland vs Charlton Athletic at Wembley: let’s get it right this time

Jake: 'sunnier times for Sunderland AFC'. Click the image to reach Salut! Sunderland's home page

Charlton finished the League One season in style and ended up two places ahead of us, writes Monsieur Salut. Until […]

Sixer’s Portsmouth Soapbox: dogged, determined and disciplined as the Lads get to Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes……I said after the Southend game that I actually thought finishing 5th wasn’t such a bad thing, as […]

Sunderland bound for Wembley with nothing to fear from Charlton

Jake and and Jack capture the moment

Who would have thought? Wembley not once but twice and in the same season. Monsieur Salut is old enough to […]

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