Archive | March, 2008

Soapbox: somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high/There’s a land that I heard of/Once in a lullaby……..well perhaps the something Judy Garland had in mind wasn’t 13th top for a day. The humiliation of Spurs by the Mags may have knocked us back a place, but that cannot dampen the spirits of Pete Sixsmith, who also has rare praise for […]

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Joyful Arabian night

HOW THE BOTTOM HALF LOOKS THIS MORNING…….. above the Mags and third top, a lofty position that lasted until Spurs rolled over for Keegan 1 Tottenham 31 8 3 4 43 26 2 6 8 17 25 9 39 2 Middlesbrough 31 5 4 6 15 19 3 6 7 13 25 -16 34 3 […]

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Soapbox: Sunderland oddities – and a competition

Pete Sixsmith extols the virtues of coach travel for awaydays and sets a few quiz questions. The first reader to answer them correctly wins a copy of Hazey’s book* For many years I travelled to away games by car or train and used the coach only in exceptional circumstances. However, the rising cost of diesel, […]

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Who are you? We’re the Hammers

West Ham come up as Sunderland’s opponents quite often in important games. After our great victory at Villa Park, we have set ourselves up for another vital encounter. If we don’t blow it with this one, our survival prospects should soar. Gordon Thrower*, a lifelong Hammers fan and co-editor of the Knees Up Mother Brown […]

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Soapbox: what a relief

No one is getting carried away. We remain eminently relegatable. But those three points were magical, especially after Howard Webb had done his best to vindicate Roy Keane’s remarks about a refereeing conspiracy against us/him. Pete Sixsmith is certainly happier than he has been of late…… As we came away from Kenilworth Road on a […]

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His garden shed

Someone in Minnesota, searching Google for garden sheds, must have thought his luck was in when he came across Salut! Sunderland. “Shucks,” he may have thought, “what the heck is a sarka club website doing hawking off outdoor furniture? But hey, it seems a friendly enough site; they must know what they’re doing.” Our hero, […]

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Breezing past Villa on a Harley

As my good friend Robert Liddington, a sort of expat version of Pete Sixsmith, said before I climbed on to his new Harley-Davidson Road King Classic for a ride home from where we’d watched Sunderland win three priceless points at Villa Park: “You know, there’s probably much more chance of riding a Harley in Abu […]

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Who are you? We’re Villa (2)

Stuart Young had already been signed up when Brendan Hanrahan* offered a few Memory Man musings on Aston Villa and Sunderland for this week’s Who Are They? And though he spends his working life cutting back the word counts of verbose young reporters, he found that once he’d started, he simply couldn’t stop……. Her name […]

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Who are you? We’re Villa (1)

See also: Brendan Hanrahan, Villa Memory Man, on big wins, record crowds and a redoubtable Mackem lass ********************************************************************************* When Aston Villa came to Sunderland, they relied on an atrocious refereeing decision (denying a perfectly fair last-gasp headed goal) for a point. Revenge on Saturday? Not likely, says Stuart Young, we’re in for another awayday defeat. […]

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Charity begins at home (to West Ham and Man City)

Two sources of inspiration, each concerning Sunderland fans and responses to grave illness, should divert minds briefly from our relatively unimportant preoccupation with Premier League survival. Salut! Sunderland readers may recall a posting that recorded the death of a remarkably spirited man known as Hazey who used his blog, Dull Ramblings, to chart the battle […]

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Scunthorpe vs SAFC prize Guess the Score: make Rod Liddle eat his words

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Monsieur Salut introduces the latest prize Guess the Score competition. Don’t worry if your entry is ‘held for moderation’ – […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland 1 Luton 1. Mazdas but no Maja

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Malcom Dawson wrote this introduction wthout seeing Pete Sixsmith’s match report: Lee Probert’s performance will undoubtedly dominate the headlines and […]

Rate the ref: Sunderland v Luton Town

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The 223 posts have been put in the spreadsheet. (Mr Probert didn’t score very well). The poll has been removed […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland rue lack of killer finish as Luton are gifted a penalty


SAFC made a return to the Stadium of Light, Pete Sixsmith made a return to the Stadum of Light and […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Luton Town

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John McCormick writes, I’m  not sure whether or not I ever saw Luton during the sixties. Pete Sixsmith didn’t, so […]

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