Archive | January, 2011

Why Sunderland need Bruce more than we needed Bent

Eric Sweeney* is the latest addition to Salut! Sunderland‘s stable of writers. A lot of us have been fretting about false dawns. Eric – flanked in the photo by friend and brother – rightly identifies the substantial positives we sometimes overlook … As another transfer window draws to a close it’s worth reflecting on how […]

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Andy Reid: thanks, sorry … and good luck at Blackpool

Image: A Love Supreme We will wait until tomorrow to write about anything that has happened on the deadline day transfer front. Who knows whether there can be yet further twists before the witching hour is reached? (more…)

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Soapbox: when a goalscoring Chelsea groin made us groan

Long ago, in the days of two points for a win, we started our last game of the season four points ahead of our promotion rivals Chelsea, and playing them at home. They’d win their game in hand, we knew that (and they did so, 7-0 against Pompey) but a point would see us up. […]

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As Healy heads to Rangers, Da Silva finds Zaragoza sun

Image: vip223 Another departure, more sighs of relief. It is difficult to imagine either David Healy or, now, Paulo Da Silva feeling too down in the dumps about their cameos in the run-up to the transfer window deadline. (more…)

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Can Healy do for Rangers what he couldn’t for us?

Image: BangorArt   Just when I thought I’d acted on Steve Bruce’s behalf and sold him to Wigan, David Healy has departed the Stadium of Light, not a ground he graced too often as a player, and joined his boyhood idols Rangers. (more…)

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Chelsea ‘Who are You?’: on idolising Zola, hating Newcastle

We want a re-run of Dec 4 1999 so please let the Everton cup game have tired them out; he wants Malouda to clinch a 1-0 revenge win. David Harding*, a Fleet Street foreign editor, has supported Chelsea since early boyhood and has written a book about a special hero, Gianfranco Zola,. After yesterday’s sampler, […]

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Clips to welcome the new Black Cats

This is Stephane Sessegnon – the goals and the dribbles in the most-viewed YouTube clip of him. He’s ours. (more…)

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The Chelsea interview: ‘sacrilege, but Kerry Dixon left me cold’

For the latest feature in Salut! Sunderland‘s “Who are You?” series, David Harding, a Chelsea fan who has written books on Gianfranco Zola and, er, A**n She**r, covers a lot of ground: from his club’s Unloved status and Abramovich’s billions to his thoughts on cheating and Sunderland (positive) and Newcastle (not). He sympathises with the […]

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SAFC v Chelsea: from gloom to boom in under two years

Tuesday’s match still seems ages away, so stand by for a long buildup. At the end of the season before last, we faced Chelsea at home on the last day, threatened with relegation if we lost and both Newcastle United and Hull won. Luckily, and it was luck since we predictably lost our game (3-2), […]

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Blackpool fine not fine by me

In which Jeremy Robson sticks up for Ian Holloway in his hour of need … At the start of the season every club is required to submit the names of 25 players who will make up their squad for the coming season. Some of us must wonder what the point of this is, as you […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]