Archive | April, 2011

Steve Bruce: awful … ‘but nothing we can do’

Steve Bruce’s customary post-match e-mail should, for some beleaguered supporters who have already expressed their thoughts, have included the words “I resign”. Such a gesture would, of course, do us no good of any kind with just three games to play this season. But while Bruce has had to grapple with appalling injury problems, this […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Fulham 3. A soft thrashing

Starting with a dreary return to general incompetence at home to Fulham – OK, we have no fit strikers, but does that stop us defending too? – these are the most recent of Pete Sixsmith‘s incisive seven-word verdicts capturing the essence of just about every game. When, rarely, Pete is absent, a supersub does it […]

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Soapbox in Chester: more interesting than a royal wedding

You know Pete Sixsmith. It takes only an FA Cup Final, wall-to-wall Rugby Union or an England international to drive him on to the road to satisfy his immense appetite for the more obscure corners of football. A royal wedding was just the prompt he needed … Oliver Cromwell was a great Englishman, of that […]

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Salut!’s week: beating Wigan, annoying Villa, welcoming Fulham, advising Kate

No one suspected for a second that beating Wigan Athletic 4-2 at home amounted to a revival. It is not, by itself, even a mini-revival, though another win, at home to Fulham today, would represent one of those. But it came as a mighty relief nonetheless, perhaps ending any relegation fears. For a look at […]

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SAFC v Fulham: ‘let’s hear it for Johnny Haynes’

Especially for those outraged by our lapse from republican values, to the extent of running a spoof wedding vows item, it’s straight back to normal business. Late, almost too late, came this gem: a second Fulham “Who are You?”, this time from David Lloyd, editor of the fan site There’s Only One F In Fulham […]

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Sunderland, Fulham and Aston Villa: Kate Middleton’s wedding vows

Q: William Arthur Philip Louis, wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together to God’s law law in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her, in sickness and in health? And forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye […]

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The Fulham Who are You?: ‘a bad time to play us’

A Fulham supporter whose photos have graced these pages was all lined up, then went AWOL. Just when we thought we’d have to run the spoof Lily Allen interview all over again, Sean Collins popped up – courtesy of the Fulhamfc site, to which huge thanks for indulging a Mackem in despair – with these […]

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Player of the season: Phil Bardsley or Phil Bardsley?

Across at the official club site, it’s already that time of year. Who, safc.com wants to know, do fans make their player of the season and young player of the season, and what were the goal, save and team performance of the season? Voting closes on May 11 – which I hope does not mean […]

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French Fancies: sing your heart out for a ban

Here’s an adventure in fantasy football: Imagine we’ve just beaten someone, not Newcastle but a team like Bolton or West Brom, in the League Cup final. Yes, that’s quite a leap of faith given how modestly we proceed in cup competition these days, but bear with me …. (more…)

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Steve Bruce: no time for tantrums

We’ll take a long time getting round to it, but the question is simple enough: what possible interest was served by Steve Bruce refusing, if the reports are correct, to attend the post-match press conference? … Salut! Sunderland supports Sunderland AFC with absolute passion. It was created by a journalist who started his career in […]

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View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

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Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]

The Burton Albion Who are You?: ‘don’t expect a doddle, Sunderland’

Jake back in action, willing the Lads on from Spain

Monsieur Salut writes: Dave Child*, an expert on football stadium pies as well as doing his bit for local radio, […]

One Papy too many: adieu Monsieur Djilobodji

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Charlatan or downtrodden victim: what, asks Monsieur Salut, are we to make of Papy Djilobodji, effectively sacked today by SAFC? […]