Archive | September, 2010

Manchester United: the gods – and divers – of Old Trafford

Eric Cantona mosaic by Mark KennedyImage: dullhunk   Who are You? That’s the question we ask before each Sunderland game. Paul Eccleston*, our first visitor this season from the ranks of Manchester United followers, is that rarity: an unblinkered football fan. His lifelong support for the club does not stop him recognising Nani as a […]

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String up Andy Reid’s guitar thieves

Andy Reid is a cultured midfielder. He’s also, by all accounts, an accomplished musician. But a nasty little theft has prompted him to issue an appeal for help in the return of some important items of personal property … The theft of two guitars owned by me, though an impossible crime since I have only […]

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Is Sunderland v Manchester United also Gordon vs Mignolet?

* Both images from our old friend addick-tedKevin Who keeps goal against the stars of Manchester United on Saturday? Craig Gordon’s recovery from injury hands a tough old decision to Steve Bruce …   (more…)

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The day they knew Brian Clough’s career was doomed

Our magnificent man in his flying machine is Bill Taylor, who lives in Canada these days but is a Sunderland-daft Bishop lad. He has never lost the passion despite living thousands of miles from County Durham and even becoming a naturalised Canadian. Older fans will identify with his nostalgic memories of an early introduction to […]

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Soapbox in Liverpool: not a fair Kop

Pete Sixsmith had a good day out on Merseyside, watching Sunderland play their best football of the season, enjoying some decent ale and admiring the fine sportsmanship of Kuyt and Torres … The Brucester made the point last night that all the talk would be about Stuart (“Winifred”) Attwell’s performance and/or the looming crisis in […]

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Liverpool v Sunderland Observed: simply our best

Things have reached such a state at Anfield that Liverpool fans now hail as a “good start” an extremely dodgy early goal, in which the spirit of fair play was singularly absent whatever the letter of the law may say (and always leaving aside how far Torres was from the ball when the “free kick” […]

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Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2: the beachball’s revenge

Image: Mrs Logic Are we destined to give away fluke goals to inferior opposition on a weekly basis? Arsenal and Liverpool have already profited. Will, next week, a spectacular Nani dive end in such a fashion that the ball bounces off his back and creeps into the goal when we play Man United? (more…)

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Liverpool 2 (incl 1 beachball goal) SAFC 2; verdict on way

It has been a frantic day, with lots of updates. This report has been superseded by the following posting. Click on the headline to go there – and feel free to comment (bearing in mind that I haven’t even seen the game and have only second-hand information about the contentious aspects): Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2: […]

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The Liverpool verdict: on its way

THIS REPORT NOW SUPERSEDED: CLICK HERE Image: Mrs Logic Today, I am away from Gary Bennett and Nick Barnes, always a sound matchday listen on BBC Radio N**cas**e, and from all those dodgy internet streams, because work requires me to interview the French band Moussu T e lei Jovents in Marseille. Pete Sixsmith will, as […]

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Liverpool v SAFC: the voice of America

It was from the judge I mentioned yesterday that I first heard the expression “up and down like a harlot’s drawers”. It was a reference to his football team’s yo-yo existence and I suppose there are County Durham variations of the phrase I have known and forgotten. Anyway, it also applies to Salut! Sunderland. Ever […]

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Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Soapbox: not enough to pass the test but A for effort

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s game, both on and off the field. Off […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Seven: out but not disgraced

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Pete Sixsmith was not to be found in the matchday (matchnight?) programme for the League Cup game against the Owls. […]

Sunderland vs Scunthorpe United prize Guess the Score: more goals for Maja?

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

The congestion of this week and next – with games tonight, Sunday and next Wednesday – means there’ll be an […]

Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

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Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be […]

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, […]