Archive | September, 2008

Gunning for you

To all Salut! Sunderland readers: come back here at 4.30pm UK time and you’ll find a preview of the Arsenal game – the one against us this Saturday, not the Champions League nonsense – from the award-winning Northern Echo columnist (and, sadly, Gunners fan) Mike Amos.

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Soap: work in progress

All in all, it was a decent day out. Pete Sixsmith enjoyed the pleasures of Lichfield – pork scratchings and Pedigree – and the sunshine of the Midlands in late summer. Even the disappointment of defeat at Villa Park failed to usher in clouds of despair. It was a good performance against a team on […]

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Soapbox: Sunderland caught Short – the Yanks are coming

…in which Pete Sixsmith acknowledges that not only do policemen seem to look younger these days, so do football club proprietors. Pete knows little about our American majority shareholder, but a lot more about his home town…. Interesting to read that Drumaville’s majority share holder is an American Investment mogul called Ellis Short. Seems we […]

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Remembering Dave Hillam

Most supporters who have followed Salut! Sunderland’s occasional links to the Blackcats forum will have been impressed by the level of debate the site attracts on all manner of SAFC-related issues, and a few extra-curriculum topics besides. Many will have been unaware that the site was very much the work of Dave Hillam, who combined […]

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Who are you? We’re Villa

Michael Chopra: our hero last Saturday and at Villa Park last season Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan Will our escape from humiliation in the Carling Cup against Northampton soon feel like nothing worse than a bad dream? Villa Park is a tough old place to go and show ourselves once more to be a decent Premier League […]

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Soapbox: lucky or what?

Sunderland 2 Northampton 2, the Lads making it to the next round of the Carling Cup on penalties. Stories abound of the Cobblers stringing 30 or more passes together without Sunderland touching the ball, of derisive taunts from the travelling fans, of Murphy’s appalling judgement or greed in failing to complete a sweet extra time […]

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Soapbox: Old boys do well

On a day when four of Sunderland’s most venerable players from an earlier generation were honoured on the pitch, Pete Sixsmith – who is of that generation – reports on how it took the current crop of old boys to claim our first home win of the season…. At half time, after a performance that […]

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Who are you? we’re the Cobblers

After the sublime late, late show that saw off Boro (about which more later), what next? Northampton. Not exactly a footballing hotbed. Until, of course, Marco went there. Towards the end of his career he may have been, but he was still sharp enough for Danny Brothers**, Cobblers fan extraordinaire. “Never lost his touch” – […]

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Soapbox: what the papers say

The recurring question in our Who Are they? series invites the opposing fan to say which club he/she regards in much the same way as we regard Newcastle – or to seize high moral ground and declare that he/she is far too grown-up for that sort of thing. Pete Sixsmith will never be too grown-up…. […]

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Who are you? we’re the Boro

By tradition, Sunderland supporters couldn’t give a hoot about Middlesbrough. There may even have been an old County Durham bylaw making it a punishable offence to care. We are, in any case, too wound up in our collective scorn for – and, as of now, occasional amusement at – Newcastle, a feeling expressed in every […]

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Vote to rename the Stadium of Light south stand. Then on to North, West and East?

Can we keep the faith?

Monsieur Salut welcomes plans to rename one of the Stadium of Light stands … Maybe Bradley Lowery, which would have […]

Sixer’s Wycombe Wanderers Soapbox: Maja rocks the Chairboys

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Malcolm Dawson writes……as I struggled to sleep in the early hours my thoughts turned to the afternoon’s events and looking […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Wycombe Wanderers give us a timely reminder

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Pete Sixsmith texted at half time that there wasn’t much happening and Wycombe looked comfortable. Half an hour later he […]

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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