Archive | October, 2011

The Aston Villa Soapbox: must we settle for mildly entertaining?

Aston Villa, M Salut decided as he walked away from the Stadium of Light, are not a team of thugs. Darren Bent is doubtless “one greedy b******” (there are sensitive souls looking in), though I quarrel with the “only” of the chant; Agbonlahor gives a decent impersonation of a man in training for an Olympics […]

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Bruce’s Banter: ‘Wickham’s wonder, Seb’s fantastic delivery but not enough’

After each game, Steve Bruce e-mails Salut! Sunderland – and a few thousand others – on his immediate post-match thoughts. This is what he made of the game against Villa, a 2-2 draw that could have gone either way and in which we scored good goals but conceded possession and dominance too easily … Dear […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2 Aston Villa 2

This is where Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day […]

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Salut!’s Week: Bolton, Aston Villa & corporate football’s ugly face

Another busy week, another rough guide to Salut! Sunderland for those readers who cannot get here every day … please note that there may be delays this weekend in posting Bruce’s Banter and other post-match coverage. M Salut will be at the game, so will Mr Sixsmith and Ms Dawson and it will be case […]

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Sorry Darren, sorry Aston Villa: it’s not a perfect world

To boo or not to boo. Pete Sixsmith climbs on to his Soapbox to explain why feelings may be running a little high when Mr Bent takes the field, and why he probably won’t join in any barracking … See also: the Aston Villa fan preview – with the Villa-supporting head of the Methodist Conference […]

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Aston Villa ‘Who are You?’: Shankly was wrong about football

For Methodists, the Rev Leo Osborn* is, as President of the Methodist Conference, roughly equivalent to Archbishop of Canterbury (though the church has no supreme authority). He lives in the North East but avidly supports Aston Villa, our opponents on Saturday. Leo may have regretted his instant agreement to be this week’s “Who are You?” […]

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The Robson Report: killing football in ‘one foul swoop’

Every decent football supporter was outraged by the Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre’s repugnant call for changes to TV rights that would divert more and more money to a handful of “big” clubs. Jeremy Robson is surprised more attention was not given to another corporate threat to the national game, this time from Suits of […]

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Darren Bent: how ‘love and respect’ bleatings might cut ice

Darren Bent may be true to his word and walk serenely back to the centre of the field without so much as a smile should he score for Aston Villa against Sunderland on Saturday. Most of the others in the ground will do a lot more than smile if he a) doesn’t score at all […]

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Bendtner’s caution gives unconvinced fans the benefit of their doubts

Monsieur Salut is back from froggieland and champing at the bit ahead of his SoL debut this Saturday (and two away games already pencilled in). Will the Lads send him away as happy as he felt at 10 to 5 on Saturday? … It has already been pointed out here that even a win cannot […]

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The Bolton Soapbox: what a difference a striker makes

The up-and-down world of the Sunderland supporter is, for now, up. Pete Sixsmith was not especially looking forward to an afternoon near Bolton but, while no one should be getting ecstatic about recording a second win in a season already 10 games old if you count the Carling Cup, he left the Reebok with the […]

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