Archive | October, 2008

Sixer’s Sevens strike threat

The National Union of Salut! Sunderland Scribes (NUSSS) says Sixer’s Sevens will be hit by a 12-hour strike from the start of the Chelsea game. This is in protest at the lamentable performance at Stoke, and also the obscene ticket prices charges by Brand Chelsea, formerly Chelsea FC. Pete Sixsmith is off to Whitehaven for […]

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Soapbox: after the Lord Mayor’s show

Pete Sixsmith scoured the recesses of his mind for something positive to say about the abysmal defeat at Stoke. He finally came up with one consoling thought: the gloriously optimistic suggestion that we may lose at Chelsea by only one goal.. What a disappointment! We’re all pumped up after defeating the Mags for the first […]

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Who are you? We’re Chelsea

How to forget Stoke (though we’ve plenty to say about that, too)? Let’s try. Gloryhunting comes in many forms. Brian Kerrigan, an esteemed Canadian colleague with uncertain knowledge of English football, wrote on Facebook: “Hull City AFC. all the way baby! Go Tigers!” Ray Knight* decided as a lad that he’d support Chelsea. But that’s […]

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Are we on Showtime Comedy Extra? You’re having a laugh

Regular visitors to Salut! Sunderland may have gained the impression that one of the best things about my life in the Middle East is that I get to see more football – Sunderland football, that is – than when I lived in London. Isn’t every Premier League game, after all, televised live by Showtime? Readers […]

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House of the Rising Sunderland fan

Alan, 2nd left, and the Animals’ finest hour Picture: blackmagicplastic A thoughtful new comment posted by “Bill” tempted me to give this one another airing – and maybe to suggest to Big Niall that a spirited attempt should now be made, if it has not been already, to get Alan along to the Stadium of […]

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Soapbox: after the party

Opinions vary on the apportioning of blame for the minor outbreak of trouble on the pitch after Saturday’s stirring win against the Mags. The most intelligent and balanced assessments – and these, it could be argued, are the ones not found so far in many corners of the press – put blame on both sets […]

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Who are you? We’re Stoke

Stoke flagPicture: lloyd.brayford Doesn’t the bonding between fellow football fans, whichever team they support, warm the cockles of the heart? And how much nicer still when you establish a warm rapport with fans of a team that plays in colours a little like your own. That’s the theory. But when Salut! Sunderland posted a friendly […]

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Soapbox: there’ll be days like these

Two-one all over again, and Pete Sixsmith hails the immense positives of Saturday. He also laments the behaviour of a few idiots who invaded the pitch (we might more vehemently lament the laziness of those sections of the press* intent on heaping all the blame on SAFC and its fans, ignoring the dreadful parts played […]

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A stirring win: savour the moment

Kieran: free kick king Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan It is asking too much that any of us will quickly forget yesterday’s heartening win. Let us be honest: the Mags were a test for us. That we overcame them, with superb performances from Malbranque, Cisse, Richardson, Yorke and Collins and lots of seven put of 10s among […]

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Who are you? I’m Mike Ashley, I think

Ashley OutPicture: In keeping with our inclusive policy, and a firm commitment to care in the community, we felt it would be appropriate, just ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby, to invite Mike Ashley*, the £135m owner of Newcastle United (pictured on a wanted poster – how grand to be so wanted!), to talk about […]

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Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]

Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads

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Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this […]

View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion


Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]