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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Scunthorpe vs SAFC prize Guess the Score: make Rod Liddle eat his words

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Monsieur Salut introduces the latest prize Guess the Score competition. Don’t worry if your entry is ‘held for moderation’ – […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland 1 Luton 1. Mazdas but no Maja

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Malcom Dawson wrote this introduction wthout seeing Pete Sixsmith’s match report: Lee Probert’s performance will undoubtedly dominate the headlines and […]

Rate the ref: Sunderland v Luton Town

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A home game with  a big crowd and one or two controversial decisions should result in more than the 39 […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland rue lack of killer finish as Luton are gifted a penalty

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SAFC made a return to the Stadium of Light, Pete Sixsmith made a return to the Stadum of Light and […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Luton Town

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John McCormick writes, I’m  not sure whether or not I ever saw Luton during the sixties. Pete Sixsmith didn’t, so […]

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