Archive | August, 2009

Soapbox: a sense of déjà vu

“… our performance was disappointing rather than dismal …”

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Who are you? We’re Stoke City (2)

Forget Eduardo’s criminal dive, Wenger’s squalid refusal to deplore it and lowlife goings on at Upton Park. Feast instead on part two of the preview by Stoke fans of Saturday’s Sunderland old and new boys’ reunion. We already know what they made of last season and the transfer dealings. Now let’s see what Simon “Northy” […]

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Who are you? We’re Stoke City (1)

Red and white stripes – but not ours … What a difference a new season makes. Last time round, we had a devil of a job persuading any Stoke City fan to contribute a “Who are you?” piece before we played them. This week, we’re spoilt for choice. But since Simon Northwood – also known […]

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Soapbox: that niceness in Norfolk, in full

“… Well, Craig Gordon is a better keeper than Marton Fulop. He’ll be in at Stoke…”

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Soapbox: it’s nice in Norfolk

Norwich fan at kick off: “Watching on TV. Can we just not get thrashed?

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Soapbox: edging there

Pete Sixsmith reports on three good points towards – er- the safety by Christmas we knew under Peter Reid, or at any rate in two of his seasons … By my calculations, only another 34 points needed before we can sleep in our beds, secure in the knowledge that Wear Tyne derbies will be off […]

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Who are you? We’re Norwich City (1)

“…Sunderland will be OK – you have a good manager and, though I hate to say it, a good strike force….”

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Who are you? We’re Norwich City (2)

…”She IS a decent sort. And that’s the problem. Thanks to her image as the nation’s favourite cuddly, friendly, inoffensive TV chef, she’s taken that and our Norfolk outlook on life and moulded the club in that image. ….”

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Who are you? We’re Blackburn

OK, Tuesday night brought us back down to earth with a bump. Chelski were just streets, if not boulevards or trunks roads, ahead of us in class. Blackburn, at this stage of our development, should be a fairer test of Bruce’s squad…. Last season, we seemed to play Rovers every other week, presenting us with […]

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Soapbox: I think I have seen the champions

“… They moved the ball beautifully and wherever it went, there was a Chelsea player, someone of the quality of Ballack or Kalou or Lampard. …”

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief […]

Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]

Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

Jake: 'back on the Wembley trail?'

Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as a Sheffield Wednesday […]

SAFC vs Sheffield Wednesday prize Guess the Score: we’re the underdogs

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It is a fact of life as we find it, says Monsieur Salut. Sunderland start the Carabao Cup tie (league […]

View From the North West Corner: give Catts a break

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Following a lot of public criticism of one of our players by followers of The Black Cats, Malcolm Dawson appeals […]

After a four-point start to the season, it is time for the carping to stop?

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Three references to the approach some Sunderland supporters adopt towards their club caught the eye yesterday and today, says Monsieur […]