Archive | June, 2009

Soapbox: love, loyalty and Sunderland AFC

It’s summer. Not much going on, save for transfer speculation (Roy Keane maybe in for Carlos and Nyron, us undecided between Rooney and Drogba – well, the first bit is true, according to the papers) …the new season approaching but still far enough away not to worry about. Let Pete Sixsmith, then, introduce Tash, a […]

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From the archives: June, 2009. love, loyalty and Sunderland AFC

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With the dust settling on the election we look back to 2009, and another Salut guest, introduced first by M Salut and then by Pete Sixsmith. This lovely piece reminds us what it’s all about: (more…)

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Soapbox: stripped of dignity

Pete Sixsmith‘s many qualities were not previously thought to include a talent for fashion commentary. Then Mike Ashley decided to have yet another (last?) laugh at the expense of Mags by coming up with the ugliest, most inappropriate away strip imaginable. Pete’s first reaction was “Yellow and Gold: ugh!!” This is his second … Just […]

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Soapbox: hooray, the fixtures are out

Pete Sixsmith welcomes the arrival of the pre-Murdochisation fixtures list … For a self confessed football addict like me, June is the worst month of the year. No football anywhere in the North East, just the remnants of the Scottish Junior programme over the border. Saturday afternoons are spent inhaling fresh air instead of stale […]

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When Saturday Comes – we’ll still be in the Premier

The front cover, very amusing, is as good a reason as you need to buy the latest issue of When Saturday Comes. Better still, buy two and send one copy to me. And then get hold of the new A Love Supreme … (more…)

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Toon treat, Dutch courage

While some thoughts are turning to the coffee bars and nocturnal attractions of Amsterdam, where the Lads go for a pre-season tournament* pitting us against some tasty opposition, simpler pleasures arrived in today's post. One was an excellent new Roy Bailey album – Billy Bragg says he's as challenging as Clash ever were, but then […]

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Steve Bruce: welcome to our world (2)

Bruce is our boss, much as expected for several days, and whatever reservations others may have, it's exactly the right appointment, says Pete Sixsmith … Well, it didn’t take long to get a new manager in, suggesting that Niall Quinn had lined Steve Bruce up before the end of the season – depending on whether […]

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Steve Bruce: welcome to our world (1)

Salut! Sunderland has said it before. We are not a sports news agency and have no wish – or ability – to compete with mainstream news media or newsy websites. Our role is different and it doesn't take too much scrutiny of the archives to see that. But the appointment of a new manager is […]

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Mr Shearer’s Toytoon money

From Steven Reeves comes news of an unexpected issue of banknotes to commemorate the momentous events of May 24 2009. (more…)

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Steve Bruce: reports of congestion

As we await what now appears to be the inevitability of Steve Bruce’s installation as manager of Sunderland, the news from Wigan itself is that we should be prepared for quite an influx from the JJB, or DW (Dean Whitehead?) as it will be known next season. This is what Bernard Ramsdale**, our award-winning man […]

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

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Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]