Archive | July, 2008

Soapbox: no stumbles in this Forest

With school finally out for summer, Pete Sixsmith gets to his first Sunderland match of the season ….. A good warm up game on Keano’s old stamping ground and some very encouraging signs. Let me give you three: Tainio looked like the reincarnation of Stefan Schwartz. He won the ball well, used it even better […]

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Soapbox: El-Hadji Diouf and learning to love hate figures

Roy Keane says it’s good to have a player who gets up the noses of rival teams and fans. El-Hadji Diouf fits that bill and has the added advantage of not being Robbie Savage. But can we come to love and value him? Pete Sixsmith rolls back the years on other less than crowdpleasing signings….. […]

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Soapbox: the problem of premature speculation

Pete Sixsmith is feeling contrite, having been lured by a newspaper headline into thinking Younes Kaboul’s transfer to Sunderland was in the bag. Salut! Sunderland is almost past caring whether he comes or not. Having beat the mighty Cobh Ramblers 4-0 away last night, and signed the most proficient spitter in the Premier League, do […]

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Coming soon: the red and white striped abaya (2)

The scene has been set. And now, Fatima al Shamsi – click on the photo for a clearer view of her reading preferences – tells her own story… June 2008, first week of work; the beginning of the end of my good judgement. It all started with a simple question. “Who do you support?” Next […]

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Coming soon: the red and white striped abaya (1)

When it comes to football, Salut! Sunderland and Fatima al Shamsi are thick as thieves. From unpromising beginnings – Fatima’s allegiances read more like a list than a passion – has emerged the first hint that we are witnessing a truly remarkable transformation. Let us hail the born-again Emirati Mackem. Fatima, who is studying at […]

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Soapbox: still no tremors on Wearside

After the French distractions of the other day, Salut! Sunderland and/or Younes Kaboul’s agent need to eat some humble pie. Assuming, that is, that the news is correct, and we are not gazumped by Villa or Pompey* at the last second. “He wouldn’t join Sunderland in an earthquake” turns out to translate as “how much […]

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Zizou, Materazzi and two women’s love of nutters

No one, so far as I know, has tried to tempt Zinedine Zidane out of retirement to spend a couple of years at the Stadium of Light. But apropos of nothing in particular, I’d like to pass on a great quote about him from Ingrid Betancourt, the recently freed French-Colombian hostage. In page after page […]

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Soapbox: missing the action

Pete Sixsmith resolved to report loyally to Salut! Sunderland from his armchair view of Sporting Lisbon v SAFC. He ended up missing the second and third Sunderland goals, two sendings off and heaven knows what else. What went wrong? Two days on, he was still feeling the effects of a vigorous bout of pre-season drinking […]

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Younes Kaboul: earthquakes and insults

For a man who has played in the nondescript backwater of Auxerre, the French midfielder Younes Kaboul* must have had trouble keeping a straight face when he authorised his agent, one Rudy Raba, to say he “wouldn’t join Sunderland in an earthquake“…….Salut! Sunderland is inspired by its French connection to offer this conciliatory response …… […]

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Soapbox: a new term starts

Mid-July and still the only news on the BBC football website is that West Ham have turned down our offer for George McCartney, an offer many times higher than we got when he went there. We all know big, exciting signings are on the way. Don’t we? Don’t necessarily hold your breath, sighs Pete Sixsmith, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: The Chairboys of Wycombe

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Malcolm Dawson writes………our publication of Pete Sixsmith’s twin series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (before our away […]

A rocking manager, Martin O’Neill glory days, Luke O’Nien: the Wycombe Wanderers ‘Who are You?’

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Monsieur Salut writes: I may have said it before but League One is a treasure trove when it comes to […]

SAFC vs Wycombe Wanderers: a prized return for Guess the Score

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Morecambe and a little ray of sunshine called Josh

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Pete Sixsmith sent a second seven word text about half an hour after the game last night:  Maja brings us […]

Sixer’s Seaside Sevens: Young lads enjoy a late night in Morecambe

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Pete Sixsmith commented about the many changes to tonight’s team in his pre-match text, but there was still enough strength […]

The North Eastern Programme Club: (3) looking on from the sidelines

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Hopelessly out of sequence but bit by bit, we are adding the articles written by members of the Salut! Sunderland […]

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