Archive | May, 2010

1966 and all that: World Cup memories (1)

Pete Sixsmith packs his authoritative knowledge of football with a great recall of detail of the sort that used to earn old Leslie Welch a decent living as the Memory Man. Let’s start Pete’s series of recollections from the past 11 World Cups in the obvious place … This is the first tournament that I […]

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France, Tunisia and a word in Fifa’s ear

There will be a lot of random jottings here during the World Cup, given our declared support for Paraguay – not to the exclusion of a probably Bentless England, but in honour of Cristian Riveros, Paulo da Silva and those red and white stripes – and the haphazard nature of the Salut! Sunderland team of […]

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Soapbox on England: book a holiday now Darren

Did anyone in the England camp actually want Darren Bent to go to South Africa? Do Rooney and Lampard have as much say as Fabio? Did Darren miss a sitter or just a half chance in a token appearance in which it was pre-ordained that he’d barely see the ball? Pete Sixsmith wonders … I […]

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Nike’s World Cup fun (to sweep away Paraguay blues?)

Our boys, Paraguay, had an off night in their friendly with Ireland, beaten 2-0 with Sunderland’s signing Cristian Riveros showing few encouraging signs but lots of misplaced passes according to Salut! Sunderland scouts. It can only get better. But in the meantime, maybe you will need cheering up … Nike is behind Write the Future, […]

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England, my England

Luke Harvey, our budding sports journalist, offers some thoughts on the England World Cup warm-up and says Darren Bent’s fate, though important, won’t affect his summer viewing plans … England’s first warm-up match in the approach to the 2010 World Cup, a 3-1 victory over Mexican opponents, seemed on paper a solid and comfortable win. […]

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Is that it for Darren Bent?

So if some reports from the England camp are to be believed, Darren Bent may be one missed game away from being left behind when England head for South Africa. (more…)

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Champions and daughters

It was a weekend for champions: the Champions’ League final, the Championship playoff final, a fitting finale for southern-based Sunderland supporters who won their own league – and even some reflected glory for Salut! Sunderland … Chelsea’s Florent Malouda popped up on the French TV news yesterday, beaming as he rejoined Raymond Domenech’s Wolrd Cup […]

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Soapbox: Mourinho’s Inter Milan – just like watching Blackpool

Almost a blank Saturday? Pete Sixsmith found no football to tempt him to a ground yesterday, but was so taken with what he heard and saw from Wembley and the Santiago Bernabeu that he became quite confused. Was that Ormerod or Milito who scored Blackpool’s playoff winner? See if you spotted the same similarities between […]

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Clough or SuperKev or Marco?

Must be something to do with watching Diego Milito’s sublime finishing for Inter Milan last night and wondering whether he’s had time to consider a move to Sunderland, where he and Darren Bent could strike up a useful partnership – and challenge for places in our parade of best-ever strikers … There are things that […]

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Blackpool 3 Cardiff 2: Salut! shares Jimmy Armfield’s joy

Just a quick acknowledgement that the result we wanted, a Blackpool victory in the Championship playoff final, came to pass. As the goals flew in during the first half of a game the BBC called “at times breathtaking”, one Salut! Sunderland regular, watching in Canada, urged all his mates on the Blackcats e-mail loop to […]

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

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

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

Margaret Byrne

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)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

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