Archive | October, 2009

So how is Herita Ilunga’s face? (1)

Quick post-match thoughts … Hands up those brave, sportsmanlike West Ham players who spent much of the first half screaming at the referee to issue cards against Sunderland players. And step forward the man who went down under Kenwyne Jones’s foolish push, clutching his face as if stitches and possibly one of those full facial […]

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October 1968: hammered, but the injustice still Hurst

Colin Randallremembers highs and lows from 40+ years of games between Sunderland and West Ham … On the face of it, this does not look the worst line-up the English top flight has seen: Montgomery; Irwin, Hurley, Palmer, Harvey; Suggett, Porterfield, Herd; Harris, Brand, Hughes Nor, necessarily, does this have the appearance of a world-beating […]

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Who are you? We’re West Ham

Sam Haseltine* is one of the brains behind Football United, new host for Salut! Sunderland and other sites. He has been solid as a rock in the process of transferring our archive across from its old home at Typepad to WordPress (and cannot be blamed if some text arrived in garbled form and a few […]

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Soapbox: damn Yankees

No apologies for banging on about the Carling Cup defeat. It was a big night for us and we blew it, our own self-destruct tendencies combining in critical fashion with the accomplished versatility of a keeper from overseas. Pete Sixsmith feels he has been there before and is so cross he even has second thoughts […]

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Handing it to Villa

Plenty to say about a needless exit from a competition in which we had the chance to make a serious attempt at winning a trophy. First, Mick Goulding, a regular supplier of astute analysis of SAFC matters at the Blackcats list, explains why he is so angry … I’m still seething over this. We were […]

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Sunderland and Hednesford Town: bubbling under together

It’s a long way from the top half of the Premier League to a similar place in the UniBond Northern Premier League (oops, that is no longer the case; I should have said the Zamaretto Premier League). That, the Zamaretto, is where Hednesford play their football. But if that seems lowly league stuff, look at […]

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Who are you? We’re Sunderland

Seemed only fair. Jonathan Fear, from Vital Villa, previewed the Carling Cup match for us so I agreed to return the favour. Salut! Sunderland often asks rival fans the “lazy interviewer’s question” – inviting them to ask something we forgot but they wanted to answer. Jonathan made the ultimate refinement of this device by leaving […]

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Who are you? We’re Aston Villa

Despite our Brummie blues, is this our Carling Cup year? After an easy passage in the two previous rounds, Sunderland face a potentially far stiffer challenge tomorrow night from Aston Villa. But it’s at the Stadium of Light, we’re in form too – or were – and it still offers a great opportunity to move […]

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St Andrew’s Cross

After a geographical discussion about the location of certain places within the West Midlands conurbation, Pete Sixsmith actually visited the area on Saturday and came back deeply unimpressed … What is wrong with this team of ours? We can go to Manchester United and outclass and outplay them. We can take on Liverpool and run […]

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How Sixer observed Birmingham v Sunderland

Pete Sixsmith was called upon again by The Observer to sum up a Sunderland game. What a pity they didn’t ask last week … THE FANS’ PLAYER RATINGS AND VERDICT Pete Sixsmith, SalutSunderland.com All the beachballs on Scarborough beach would have been needed for us to get anything here. Our inability to beat some of […]

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Adieu Martin Bain

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From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]