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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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

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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 […]